DURHAM, N.C.—Duke University men’s lacrosse head coach John Danowski etched his name in the NCAA records book today as the NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse wins leader with a 13-6 victory over Jacksonville. Coaching in his 563rd career game overall and 205th at Duke, Danowski climbed atop the Division I coaching records list with his 376th career victory.
“This win is the next one for this particular team,” said Danowski. “Every season is a journey. Every season is a lot of fun so this particular win is just the next one for our team.”
Danowski, on pace to become the first Division I head coach to reach 400 career victories, picked up his 157th win at Duke and his sixth this season as the Blue Devils improve to 6-2. In his 35th season of coaching overall, Danowski started his coaching career at LIU Post in 1983 where he compiled 27 wins. He was tabbed the Hofstra head coach in 1986 and coached the Pride to 192 wins before taking the reins at Duke in 2006. He lifted the Blue Devils to new heights, amassing 157 wins, seven ACC regular season titles, four ACC Tournament titles, eight straight appearances in the NCAA semifinals, four in the NCAA title game and ultimately the 2010, 2013 and 2014 national championships.
“I’ve been coaching for a while, that’s all,” Danowski said. “I think any of us who get to this point in their careers know that none of it is done by yourself. It’s a tribute to all of the coaches and staff that you’ve worked with and all the student-athletes it’s been your honor to serve.”
The Blue Devils got off to a slow start offensively, managing just one goal in the opening 10 minutes. Knotted 1-1 midway through the first quarter, redshirt freshman Sean Lowrie sparked a 4-0 run for Duke with an unassisted tally at the 3:16 mark of the opening frame. Justin Guterding and Brad Smith tacked on goals to finish the quarter and freshman Kevin Quigley added another to start the second to push the Blue Devils in front 5-1.
Lowrie finished a Joey Manown pass late in the second period to notch the second of his three goals on the afternoon and send Duke into the locker room up 6-3. Manown also registered a hat trick as he and Lowrie finished the afternoon with four points. Guterding continued his scoring pace with a goal and three assists as he aims to become the fastest Blue Devil to 200 career points.
The third quarter was all Duke as it extended its lead to 9-3 on goals from Quigley, Manown and Lowrie. Freshmen and sophomores accounted for 15 of the Blue Devils’ 22 points today. With the game under control by a 12-4 score in the fourth quarter, sophomore CJ Carpenter came off the bench to net his first career goal on an assist from rookie Ryan Hastings.
Duke was solid defensively again, forcing 22 turnovers and holding the Dolphins to only 20 shots for the game. Danny Fowler (49:34, 4 GA, 5 saves), Turner Uppgren (8:37, 1 GA, 1 save) and David McCann (1:49, 1 GA) combined for six saves. Sophomore close defenseman Cade Van Raaphorst led all Blue Devils with six ground balls. Kyle Rowe went 7-of-15 at the X with four ground balls.
Jacksonville was paced by two goals from Eric Applegate and two assists from Brett Reilly. Ben Gleichenhaus was outstanding with 17 stops and three ground balls.
The Blue Devils hit the road for their next three games, starting with a trip to the nation’s capital to take on Georgetown. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m.