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Matt Gaudet scores 4, Yale beats Duke 13-11 for NCAA title

Yale’s John Daniggelis (4) shoots against Duke’s Danny Fowler, left, during the first half of an NCAA college Division I championship final lacrosse game, Monday, May 28, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. Yale defeated Duke 13-11 to win the championship. (Michael Dwyer / Associated Press)
Yale’s John Daniggelis (4) shoots against Duke’s Danny Fowler, left, during the first half of an NCAA college Division I championship final lacrosse game, Monday, May 28, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. Yale defeated Duke 13-11 to win the championship. (Michael Dwyer / Associated Press)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Jack Tigh scored 36 seconds into the game for his first of three goals in the opening half, and Matt Gaudet scored four goals as Yale beat Duke 13-11 on Monday to win its first NCAA lacrosse title.

The third-seeded Bulldogs (17-3) scored the first three goals of the game and struck first in all four quarters while holding off the three-time national champion Blue Devils.

Ben Reeves had a goal and three assists and Jack Starr made nine saves for Yale, which led 10-5 midway through the third period and never let Duke (16-4) get closer than two.

The Bulldogs, who reached the final by routing top-seeded Albany 20-11 on Saturday, are the first Ivy League school to win the title since Princeton in 2001.

Justin Guterding and Joey Manown had two goals and an assist each for Duke, which fell to 3-3 in the championship game.

Manown’s goal with 5:59 left in the third period was the first of three straight goals for Duke that brought the Blue Devils from down 10-5 to 10-8 in less than three minutes.

Yale was back up 12-9 after three quarters and Gaudet scored again with 8:11 left in the fourth, giving Yale enough cushion to hold off Duke’s attempts to rally.

Danny Fowler had six saves for the Blue Devils. Joe Robertson, Peter Conley and Kevin Quigley scored two goals apiece for Duke.

On Sunday, James Madison defeated Boston College 16-15 to win the women’s national championship.


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