SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2011
Early hole dooms JU in 10-6 loss to #7 Duke
No. 7 Duke used seven straight goals and held off the JU men's lacrosse team's late rally for a 10-6 win in the regular season finale at D. B. Milne Field in front of a crowd of 2,043.
After JU (5-9) scored the first goal of the game, the defending national champions scored the next six goals to build a 6-1 halftime lead that was eventually stretched out to 7-1 in the third quarter.
Once Duke (12-5) scored the seventh goal, JU freshman goalkeeper Peter DeLuca kept the Dolphins in the game with stellar play between the pipes, finishing the game with 20 saves.
"We had our chances today, we didn't convert our opportunities and you can't do that against a team like Duke," said JU head coach Matt Kerwick. "Pete did a great job of keeping us in the game in the second half.”
Duke got three goals from Sam Spillane, with the last coming with 1:57 left in the game to thwart JU’s comeback attempt.
Trailing by six, Bobby Stockton started JU’s rally with a goal with 10:07 left in the third quarter. John Linnan cut it to 7-3 a few minutes later.
With the deficit at 8-3 entering the fourth quarter, T.J. Kenary converted on a man-advantage to cut the lead to four just 19 seconds into the final frame.
Owen Green and Culver Bradbury scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 9-6 with 7:37 left in the game.
Josh Offit scored two goals for Duke to help the Blue Devils rally from a 1-0 deficit as David Goldman scored for JU with 9:05 left in the first quarter.
Duke goalie Dan Wigrizer had 14 saves against JU’s 42 shots.
The Dolphins will await the outcome of tonight’s Canisius-Manhattan matchup, needing a Canisius win to advance to the MAAC Tournament.