POWDER SPRINGS, Ga.-Duke junior Zach Howell scored on a fastbreak 15 seconds into overtime to lift the second-ranked men's lacrosse team to a 12-11 win over No. 19 Bucknell in front of 7,000 fans this afternoon at McEachern High School. The 12-11 score marked the first time all afternoon Duke had led as the Blue Devils battled back to even the score twice to force overtime.
"The game was great," head coach John Danowski said. "There were about 7,000 people there and the event organizers did a great job moving snow and making the field playable. It was an awesome event."
Senior Ned Crotty led all scorers with one goal and five assists, while both Howell and senior Max Quinzani tallied four scores. The four goals extends Quinzani's scoring streak to 47 games. Seniors Will McKee and Mike Catalino and redshirt sophomore Justin Turri added one goal apiece.
"Bucknell was great," Danowski said. "They did a great job facing off and they were able to get some rebounds and were able to score a few different ways. I thought overall we did a great job in the six vs. six game today."
Trailing nearly the entire game, Duke scored two goals in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter to force overtime. After evening the score at nine apiece, Bucknell made it 10-9 and then was able to pick up a rebound off a save from freshman goalie Dan Wigrizer and put it back in the goal to push the lead back to two at 11-9 with 5:03 left to play.
Wigrizer earned his first collegiate start for the Blue Devils and played the entire 60 minutes.
Duke responded 27 seconds later with a tally to make it 11-10 and just over two minutes later McKee tied the game off a pass from Turri to extend the game a little bit longer. Neither team was able to score in the final two minutes, including Bucknell who had the final possession of regulation.
Knowing the opening faceoff was crucial, senior defenseman Parker McKee picked up a loose ball on the faceoff and fed the ball to Crotty who quickly found Howell open for the thrilling game-winner.
"It's great to get a win like this," Crotty said. "It was probably a little too exciting, but it feels good to come away with the victory."
The Bison raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter before Duke scored five goals in the second quarter to go into halftime down 8-5. Bucknell led 9-8 after three quarters, setting up the thrilling overtime finish.
Complete statistics from the game were not available at the time of release.
Duke hosts No. 9 Notre Dame in its home opener on Feb. 20 at 1 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium.