DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s defense held visiting Stony Brook scoreless in the first half while senior Josh Dionne joined the 100-goal club as the No. 2 Blue Devils posted a 14-6 win on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
The Blue Devils improve to 4-0 while the Seawolves fall to 1-2. The win pushes Duke’s win streak to nine dating back to May 5, 2013.
“Offensively, I thought we moved the ball and were unselfish,” said head coach John Danowski. “I think we would have liked to have gotten one or two more, but certainly going into the locker room with a seven goal lead we were happy.”
Duke’s Jordan Wolf, who matched his career high with seven total points on the day, scored two goals in the opening half as the Blue Devils raced to a 7-0 lead. Goalkeeper Luke Aaron, who surrendered just two goals before giving way to Justin Turri after three periods, carded eight of his career-high 11 saves in the opening 30 minutes.
Stony Brook got on the board after 31:03 and added five more as the Blue Devils only outscored the Seawolves 7-6 in the final 30 minutes.
“We are very disappointed in the second-half performance,” Danowski said. “I think if you were a spectator and showed up in the second half you would have said ‘Wow these are two even teams’ if you didn’t know the score. I think the Stony Brook kids played for a full 60 minutes and played really hard and were really competitive. I was disappointed with the way we competed in the second half.”
With a pair of tallies, Dionne became the 16th player in Duke history to reach the 100-goal plateau. The group includes Wolf (130) and current Duke assistant coach Matt Danowski (170). Deemer Class, Kyle Keenan and Case Matheis added two goals each as Duke won its third game in three tries against Stony Brook.
The two goals for Keenan give the junior midfielder six for the year, which is just two shy of matching his combined total form his first two seasons. Keenan owns two goals in three of Duke’s four games this season and has at least one point in all four.
The Blue Devil defensive unit was spearheaded by Casey Carroll, who logged five caused turnovers and five ground balls. Brendan Fowler (9-of-15) and Jack Rowe (6-of-8) combined for a 15-of-23 effort at the faceoff X.
“It’s been really easy [settling in],” said Aaron. “It’s been seamless. The guys in front of me make it easy. The defense is playing really stout and has made my job really easy.”
For Stony Brook, Brody Eastwood logged three goals while Matt Schultz had one goal and two assists. In the net, Dan Shaughnessy was credited for 11 saves.
Duke opens ACC play on Saturday, March 1 by travelling to face Maryland. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m.