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.
The Blue Jays slowly started to creep back into the game late in the first quarter as Rob Guida and Brandon Benn scored back-to-back goals in a span of just under a minute and Guida answered Dionne’s third tally with an extra-man goal in the final minute to make it 7-3.
Like they had in the first quarter, the Devils struck quickly in the second as Dionne’s extra-man goal just under two minutes into the period was followed by the first of Wolf’s five goals on the day 76 seconds later.
Duke pushed the lead to first-half high of seven at 12-5 with an unassisted goal by Jones with just over five minutes left in the first half, but the Blue Jays scored the final three goals of the half to account for a 12-8 halftime score. Cattoni opened the spree when he scored off an assist from Stanwick, while Reed and freshman John Crawley added unassisted strikes in the final 2:24.
Reed would get the helper on Cattoni’s two goals early in the third quarter, but Wolf answered a short time later to spark the 7-1 game-ending run for the Blue Devils, who methodically ran their offense and pulled away to lock down their spot in the national semifinals.
Wolf paced the Blue Devils with five goals and three assists, while Jones (3g, 4a) Matheis (3g, 2a) and Dionne (4g) all finished with at least four points. Senior Brendan Fowler won 17-of-33 faceoffs and grabbed 13 ground balls for Duke, which held advantages in shots (44-35) and ground balls (37-19).
Guida and Cattoni both posted hat tricks and Reed added the one goal and a career-high four assists to give the Blue Jays’ first midfield a combined seven goals and four assists. Stanwick added a goal and three assists and senior Eric Schneider finished with 10 saves in goal for the Blue Jays.
Notes: Benn (40) and Brown (40) are the first Johns Hopkins teammates to score 40 or more goals in the same season since Terry Riordan (52) and Brian Piccola (41) in 1995 … this is just the third time its been done • Stanwick’s three assists give him 44 on the year, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history • Stanwick’s 67 points are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Riordan had 69 in 1995 • Johns Hopkins was 3-for-3 on EMO and finished the season 30-of-55 (.545).
#8 Johns Hopkins (11-5) 3-5-2-1/11
#3 Duke (15-3) 7-5-2-5/19
Goals: J: Guida-3, Cattoni-3, Reed, Stanwick, Brown, Benn, Crawley. D: Wolf-5, Dionne-4, Jones-3, Matheis-3, Walsh-2, Keenan-2. Assists: J: Reed-4, Stanwick-3, Brown. D: Jones-4, Wolf-3, Matheis-2, Cohan, Haus, Keenan, Walsh. Saves:J: Schneider-10, Ryan-0. D: Aaron-3, Turri-1. Shots: J-35, D-44. EMO: J: 3-for-3. D: 1-for-3. Attendance: TBA.