Duke falls to 2-3 on the year, while Penn captures the win in its season opener. The Blue Devils also lost to the Quakers when they visited Franklin Field in 2011.
After rallying back from a 5-2 deficit early in the first quarter to take a 7-6 advantage at the half, the Blue Devils struggled to score in the final 30 minutes, netting just two goals. Three players - Jordan Wolf, Myles Jones and Josh Offit - had two goals apiece for Duke in the game.
"Penn played great and they're a great young team," said head coach John Danowski. "They certainly put it to us."
The first quarter was a shootout with the two squads combining for 11 goals. Wolf gave Duke the 1-0 lead 52 seconds into the game before the Quakers responded with a 5-1 run over the next 5:09 for a 5-2 advantage. With six goals from five different players over a span of 17 minutes, the Blue Devils chipped away at the deficit and grabbed their largest lead of the game 8-6 3:06 into the third quarter.
The Quakers, held scoreless for 24:09, suddenly caught fire in the third quarter with four unanswered tallies and a 10-8 lead with 12:36 to play in the fourth quarter. Duke junior Christian Walsh scored on a man-up chance to bring Duke within one, 10-9, at the 11:04 mark, but it was all Penn down the stretch. Duke had only six shots in the fourth quarter, including two in the final 11:04.
"I thought that the Penn kids played with great emotion and passion," Danowski said. "And I thought when they delivered a blow we didn't fight back."
Tim Schwalje had a game-high three goals and five assists for eight points for Penn, while Isaac Bock finished with four goals and an assist.
Penn outshot the Blue Devils 45-35 for the game and held Duke to just 12 shots in the second half. The Blue Devils won the ground ball battle 30-26, while both teams went 3-of-5 on man-up chances. Duke junior Brendan Fowler won 15-of-26 draws and picked up 11 ground balls. Luke Duprey had two caused turnovers and scooped up six ground balls.
Between the pipes, Duke senior Dan Wigrizer had 14 saves, while Brian Feeney made 15 stops for Penn.
Duke hosts No. 1 Maryland March 2 at 11 a.m. on ESPNU.