Senior attackman Max Quinzani registered four goals and an assist for five points, while junior Zach Howell has two goals and one assist. The starting attack unit of Crotty, Howell and Quinzani combined for 16 of Duke's 31 points. Ten different Blue Devils tallied goals on the afternoon and six players registered at least two points.
"Last night I told the guys how proud I was of them for their preparation this past week," head coach John Danowski said. "I felt that all week the guys were really focused and practiced and prepared really well. The guys did a phenomenal job and the success of this afternoon was certainly reflective of how we practiced during the week."
The Blue Devils grabbed a 2-0 lead with goals within 37 seconds of each other. Senior Steve Schoeffel registered the first marker of the game at the 10:46 mark and senior faceoff specialist Sam Payton got on the board 37 seconds later off an assist from Crotty.
Johns Hopkins' Steven Boyle put up a goal at the 7:40 mark to make it 2-1, but the Blue Devils scored four of the game's next five goals for a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter.
Trailing by three goals, Tom Palasek pulled the Blue Jays within two, 6-4, with an unassisted goal at the 11:00 mark of the second quarter. That tally proved to be the last goal Johns Hopkins could manage over the next 33-plus minutes.
Quinzani got the 12-goal run started at the 5:17 mark after Justin Turri helped force a turnover and picked up a ground ball at midfield and found the Duxbury, Mass., native on the crease for his second score of the game. The Blue Devils added one more with 12 ticks until halftime with Quinzani and Schoeffel connecting to make it 8-4 at the break.
"It's been a great two weeks of preparation and Ned [Crotty] and I really got to get in a groove and score a good amount of points. We walked in today feeling really confident. I know the goal looked about as big as an ocean to me and [Ned Crotty] seems to be getting me and everyone else the ball well. We're not afraid to go at the net."
The second half was all Duke as the Blue Devils outshot the Blue Jay s 33-7, picked up 19 ground balls to Johns Hopkins' seven and had just four turnovers to the Blue Jays' 11.
Duke scored early and often in the third quarter with three goals in the opening 4:13 for an 11-4 advantage. Defensively, the Blue Devils were outstanding, holding Johns Hopkins to just two shots in the third quarter, which included 0-for-2 on extra-man opportunities.
Five different Duke players added goals in the final 9:52 of the third frame to put Duke in front 16-4 after 45 minutes of action. Adding two more to the total to start the fourth quarter, Johns Hopkins ended the scoring drought with a tally from Nate Matthews with 7:29 remaining in the contest.
Sophomore goaltender Mike Rock earned his third career start and made two saves in 45 minutes. Rookie Dan Wigrizer and senior Devon Sherwood played in the final 15 minutes with Sherwood making one stop. Johns Hopkins goaltender Pierce Bassett made nine stops in 50 minutes of action. Steven Burke played in the final 10 minutes for the Blue Jays.
For the game, Duke held a 40-15 advantage in shots, won the ground ball game 37-17, and captured 18-of-27 faceoffs. Payton did the majority of damage at the X, winning 14-of-19 restarts and picking up seven ground balls.
Duke will take on the winner of the North Carolina-Delaware game in the NCAA Quarterfinal at Princeton University on May 22 at 12 or 2:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.goduke.com/tickets. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and are good for both contests at the site.
Game Notes: Duke improves 17-13 all-time in NCAA Tournament history and to 10-3 in first-round games ... The win is the second for the Blue Devils over Johns Hopkins in NCAA Tournament play ... Senior Max Quinzani scored four goals to push his career total to 192, which rank second all-time at Duke and are tied for third in NCAA Division I lacrosse history ... Quinzani now has 61 goals on the season, tying his single-season high and are the third most in Duke single-season history and 13th in NCAA history ... Senior Ned Crotty broke the Duke single-season assists record of 56 held by Matt Danowski with six helpers that pushed his season total to 57 ... Crotty's 57 assists rank 17th all-time in NCAA lacrosse history, while his 141 career assists are second all-time at Duke and are tied for 21st in NCAA history.