DURHAM, N.C.-Duke University seniors Ned Crotty and Max Quinzani combined for 22 points this afternoon to lead the fifth-ranked Blue Devil men's lacrosse team to a 19-7 victory over Sacred Heart in the regular season finale. Quinzani and Crotty both registered 11 points apiece to tie the Duke single-game points record.
Quinzani led all goal scorers with eight and added three assists, while Crotty put in three goals and dished out eight assists. The eight helpers from Crotty also tie the Duke single-game record.
The pair's matching 11-point outing, marks just the eighth and ninth time in program history that a player has tallied 11 points in a game. The combined 22 points is the most by two players in Duke men's lacrosse history. Eight assists in a game has happened twice before with the last time coming in 1981.
Junior Zach Howell added four goals and two assists for six points as the starting trio of Crotty, Howell and Quinzani combined for 28 of the team's 36 points.
Playing for the first time since April 23, the Blue Devils (12-4) came out quick with a 5-1 lead after the first quarter. Crotty and Howell hooked up for three of the five goals in the opening session.
Duke continued to roll as it built its lead to 10-1 at the 6:17 mark of the second quarter. Sacred Heart put two unanswered on the board to make it 10-3, but Quinzani and Crotty connected for the fourth time of the afternoon to send the Blue Devils into the locker room with an 11-3 advantage.
Adding three more in the third quarter for a 14-4 edge, Duke cruised to the 11-goal victory. The Blue Devils' man-up offense was outstanding, going 3-of-5.
Duke outshot the Pioneers 57-26 for the game and won the ground ball battle 40-25. The Blue Devils edged Sacred Heart in faceoffs, grabbing 16-of-30. Senior Sam Payton returned to take the restarts, winning 10-of-17 and picking up five ground balls. Senior Parker McKee also corralled five ground balls in the win.
Pioneer goaltender Tom Trgo was outstanding in his 57 minutes of action. He made 19 saves in the loss. Duke had four different goalies in the game, with Mike Rock earning the win and making three stops in 23 minutes between the pipes.
Duke will await word on which team it will face in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The official NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament bracket will be announced live tonight at 8:30 p.m., on ESPNU. The Blue Devils will be making their 14th appearance in the tournament.