BALTIMORE, MD – Sixth-ranked Duke got four goals and six assists from Justin Guterding and the Blue Devil starting attack combined for nine goals and nine assists in a 19-6 victory over ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Saturday afternoon at Homewood Field. Duke improves to 13-4 on the year and will play the winner of the Ohio State-Loyola game in the quarterfinals.
Duke used a four-goal run to turn an early 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 lead that it never relinquished. Sean Lowrie bookended the run for the Devils with two of his three goals on the day and Guterding added one goal and one assist during the spree.
Still, Johns Hopkins (8-7) was within a goal two minutes after Lowrie’s second goal as sophomore Robert Kuhn scored in transition with 1:22 left the first quarter after a Blue Devil turnover.
The 4-3 Blue Devil lead was 6-3 by the end of the first quarter as Joey Monown and John Prendergast both scored in the final 73 seconds of the period with Guterding getting the helper on both.
After Duke’s Brad Smith and Johns Hopkins’ Kieran Eissler traded goals to open the second quarter, the Devils scored three straight goals in a span of less than three minutes to turn the 7-4 lead into a 10-4 advantage. When Reilly Walsh and Kevin Quigley answered the second of Eissler’s two goals in the final 2:27 of the second quarter, Duke had a 12-5 halftime lead.
Any hopes of a Blue Jay comeback were dashed early in the third quarter as Manown and Guterding scored back-to-back extra-man goals in a 64-second span to push the lead out to 14-5 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the period. The lead swelled to 17-5 before Johns Hopkins senior midfielder Cody Radziewicz scored an unassisted goal early in the fourth quarter. Manown and David Gill closed the scoring with strikes just over 10 minutes apart to account for the 19-6 final.
Guterding’s 10 points matched his career high and paced a Duke offense that scored its 19 goals on just 37 shots. Manown (4g, 1a) and Lowrie (3g, 1a) added hat tricks of their own and faceoff specialist Kyle Rowe was dominant with an 18-of-24 performance to go along with 15 ground balls.
Eissler (2g) and Shack Stanwick (1g, 1a) led the way for Johns Hopkins.