The Blue Devils improve to 9-3 overall on the year, while the Dolphins fall to 4-6. The seven goals allowed marks the third time in the past five games Duke has allowed fewer than 10 goals.
"I think our improvement on defense is a combination of things," head coach John Danowski said. "I think one is experience and playing together. Two is I think we were a little banged up. We weren't really healthy and we were playing some freshman and those guys are just getting experience. And I think focus. Sometimes when you lose a little bit it gets everybody to hunker down and recognize that we have to do what we've got to do to win."
Senior Mike Catalino led all goal scorers with a season-high three tallies this afternoon, while seniors Max Quinzani and Ned Crotty both added two goals and two assists. Duke had 11 players overall with at least one point and eight players with multiple points.
Nick Scalzo led Jacksonville with two goals and Ryan Serville added a goal and an assist for the Dolphins.
Duke jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first quarter with goals from four different players.
Starting the second quarter with an extra man, Jacksonville quickly took advantage as Scalzo connected off a pass from Serville to make it a 4-3 contest 18 seconds in to the second frame.
Less than three minutes later the Blue Devils started a six-goal run that spanned over nine minutes and opened the lead to seven, 10-3, with 1:36 left in the half.
Quinzani started the run with his 43rd goal of the season, while Robert Rotanz added a marker two minutes later to make it a 6-3 score midway through the stanza. Duke put up four more goals on the board over the next 3:58 before Jacksonville stopped the spurt with a Donovan Lange goal.
Rookie Josh Offit finished the second-quarter scoring with six ticks on the clock to send Duke into the locker room with a11-4 lead.
The second half proved to be much of the same as the Blue Devils outscored the Dolphins 5-3 to earn the 16-7 win. Sophomore Stephen Coyle added his second marker of the game in the third quarter to match his career-high of two goals.
In goal, freshman Dan Wigrizer made eight saves in 48 minutes of action. Senior Devon Sherwood had three saves in 3:45 and Mike Rock added one stop in his six-minute stint. Jacksonville goalkeeper Brad Hester had 17 stops in nearly 55 minutes on the field.
Duke returns to action on Friday, April 9 when it hosts Presbyterian at 7 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium.