DURHAM, N.C.-Duke University outscored Jacksonville 8-2 in the second half to earn a convincing 16-7 victory over the Dolphins in non-conference men's lacrosse action this afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. Sophomore Jordan Wolf led the 10th-ranked Blue Devils with a career-high five goals and two assists for seven points.
Wolf's seven points tie his career-best mark, while senior Robert Rotanz contributed three goals and sophomores Josh Dionne and Christian Walsh threw in two goals and added an assist apiece. Duke's trio at attack combined for nine goals and four assists for 13 of Duke's 22 points in the game.
Defensively, Duke (2-1) held Jacksonville (1-2) to just four goals over the final 45 minutes of the contest and forced the Dolphins into 17 turnovers for the game. The Blue Devils kept Jacksonville off the scoreboard for a stretch of 21:17 spanning the second and third quarters.
The Dolphins jumped all over Duke in the first quarter, scoring two unanswered in the opening eight minutes. Connor Igoe registered his first tally of the year to give the Dolphins a 1-0 lead 2:56 into the game and Donovan Lang added another score nearly six minutes later to make it 2-0.
Duke responded with three unanswered in 3:51 for a 3-2 lead with 52 ticks left in the first quarter. Rotanz put Duke on the scoreboard first with an unassisted strike, while Wolf and redshirt senior Justin Turri added scores to give the Blue Devils the lead.
Jacksonville took advantage of an unsettled situation in the final seconds of the quarter with TJ Kenary tying the game, 3-3, after 15 minutes of action. The Dolphins jumped back front two minutes into the second period on a Rob Wertz score, but it was all Duke after that as the Blue Devils rattled off 10 of the game's next 11 goals. The opening 20 minutes of action between the two squads featured three ties and three lead changes.
Duke took the lead for good when Dionne and Walsh collected with 11:21 left in the second quarter. Nine seconds later Dionne had a spectacular goal, shooting the ball past Jacksonville goaltender Peter DeLuca after being knocked to the ground by a Dolphin defenseman.
Quint Miller pulled the Dolphins within one, but Wolf and Turri put away goals, including one in the final seven seconds, to send Duke into the locker room 8-5.
The third quarter was all Blue Devils. Duke rattled off five unanswered to push its advantage to eight, 13-5, with 3:37 left in the third period. Four different Duke players scored in the stretch as Duke twice scored consecutive goals within a minute of each other.
After being held scoreless for 21 minutes, Kenary put Jacksonville on the scoreboard in the third quarter with his team-best second tally of the game. Kenary led all Dolphins with two goals, while Max Gurowski had two assists.
Duke rounded out the game by winning the fourth quarter 2-1 to earn the 16-7 victory. Freshman Will Haus netted his first career goal to give Duke seven different goal scorers for the day.
Sophomore Brendan Fowler took the majority of faceoffs for Duke. The Wantagh, N.Y., native won 10-of-13 restarts and senior CJ Costabile went 4-of-9 at the X. Dionne, Justin Turri, and sophomore Chris Hipps all had five ground balls. Senior defenseman Michael Manley anchored the defense with three caused turnovers and four ground balls.
Overall, Duke held a 49-27 advantage in shots and won the ground ball battle 45-20. Jacksonville was 2-of-4 on man-up opportunities and Duke went 0-of-6 on the extra man.
Duke opens ACC play next weekend, March 3 at Maryland. The game is set for 1 p.m., on ESPN3.