Blue Devils Are Delaware Bound
Duke grounded the Air Force Academy 20-9 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to advance to its 13th NCAA quarterfinal. The Blue Devils used a 7-0 run in the second quarter to open up a 12-3 halftime lead. Nine different Blue Devils registered goals with sophomore Myles Jones leading the way with eight points from three goals and five assists. Case Matheis and Jordan Wolf also had hat tricks, while Kyle Keenan contributed a career-high five points (2g, 3a). The Blue Devils dished out 14 assists on the 20 goals, second to the 15 they had in the regular season win over Syracuse.
Class Making Duke History
With four points against Air Force, sophomore midfielder Deemer Class pushed his season points total to 60. He is the first Duke midfielder to reach the 60-point benchmark in a single season, while he is seven goals shy of becoming the second Blue Devil middie to score 40 goals in a season. Robert Rotanz registered 40 goals in 2012 to be the first Duke midfielder to reach that benchmark. Class is averaging 3.53 points per game to rank 29th overall and fourth among midfielders behind Tom Schreiber (Princeton, 4.00), Jesse King (Ohio State, 4.00) and Ben McIntosh (Drexel, 3.65).
Getting Off to a Fast Start
The Blue Devils have led after the first quarter in 13 games this season and at the half 14 times. Duke is outscoring its opponents 145-75 in the first half, including 78-36 in the first quarter. The Blue Devils are 11-2 when leading after one quarter and 13-1 when leading at the half this season.
Haus a Force on Both Ends of the Field
Junior defensive midfielder Will Haus has been a force all over the field for the Blue Devils this season. Haus has eight goals in the past seven games and registered at least one in six of his past seven outings and ranks third on the team in ground balls (39). The Palmyra, Pa., native does it all for the Blue Devils. He is a crucial part of both the faceoff and clearing games, of which Duke ranks among the top 10 nationally. Haus most recently threw in a pair of goals in the first-round win over Air Force.
Battle of the Blues Sunday
Standing in the Blue Devils’ way to advancing to a 10th NCAA semifinal are the Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins, which defeated Virginia 14-8 in the first round. Duke and Johns Hopkins have squared off four times in the NCAA Tournament with the Blue Jays holding a 3-1 edge. The Blue Devils last defeated the Blue Jays in 2010 en route to capturing the program’s first NCAA title. It will be the 16th meeting overall between the two squads. Six of those matchups have been decided by a single goal.
They Said It
““Well, he is a quite large human.”
--Air Force head coach Eric Seremet said when asked about Duke sophomore Myles Jones.
“Duke is a very good lacrosse team. You can’t focus all of your energy on one person. They move the ball well, they move the ball quickly, they’re pretty slick. You don’t just pick one guy to focus your energy on. Duke can attack you from a lot of different angles and with a lot of different people.”
---- Air Force head coach Eric Seremet
Blue Devils’ Casey Carroll gets one more shot at the NCAA lacrosse tournament (AP)
Duke lacrosse buries Air Force 20-9 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament (Raleigh News & Observer)
Myles Jones' Career Day Leads Duke Past Air Force, 20-9 (Insidelacrosse.com)
Duke shoots down Air Force in NCAA tourney (Durham Herald-Sun)
Erik Henkelman @erikhenkelman
Myles Jones of @Duke_MLAX is now "The Red Baron" for how badly he is decimating the Air Force.
John Jiloty @jjiloty
This is why @Duke_MLAX is so dangerous: Fowler winning 8/11 face-offs, 7 diff point-scorers in 8-3 Q2 lead: