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Early, Late Runs Push Duke Past Johns Hopkins, 19-11, in NCAA Quarterfinals

Updated: Sunday, May 18 2014, 06:17 PM EDT

NEWARK, DE – The top-seeded Duke mens’s lacrosse team scored the first six goals of the game and seven of the final eight as the Blue Devils eased past unseeded Johns Hopkins, 19-11, in the NCAA Quarterfinals at Delaware Stadium on the campus of the University of Delaware on Sunday. The Devils improve to 15-3 and advance to the NCAA Semifinals for the eighth straight season, while Johns Hopkins had its season end with an 11-5 record.


Johns Hopkins had cut the early 6-0 deficit to 12-8 at the half and got back to-back goals from sophomore Holden Cattoni in the first six minutes of the second half to slice the deficit to 12-10 with 9:16 left in the third quarter. From there, Duke scored the next two goals to push the lead to 14-10 and then controlled the fourth quarter to secure the win.


After Cattoni’s pair, Duke’s Jordan Wolf pushed the lead to 13-10 with an unassisted goal just 52 seconds later. The Blue Jays killed off a man-down situation a short time later and twice had possession with a chance to cut farther into the lead, but a pair of turnovers ultimately led to another goal by Wolf to account for the 14-10 Blue Devil lead at the end of the third quarter.


A goal by junior Wells Stanwick just 46 seconds into the fourth quarter made it 14-11 with plenty of time remaining, but that would be the last goal of the game for the Blue Jays, who held Duke scoreless for the first six minutes of the final period before a Case Matheis goal at the 8:54 mark ignited a 5-0 game-ending run for the Devils. Matheis bookended the run, which included two more goals by Wolf and one by Myles Jones.


The late-game surge didn’t look like it would be necessary early on as the Blue Devils led 6-0 before the game was 10 minutes old and 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. Josh Dionne scored three of his four goals on the day in the first 14 minutes as the Blue Devils scored on seven of their 14 first-quarter shots.

Early, Late Runs Push Duke Past Johns Hopkins, 19-11, in NCAA Quarterfinals


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