NEWARK, Del.—Duke University senior attackman Jordan Wolf tallied eight points to lead the Blue Devils to their eight consecutive NCAA semifinal with a 19-11 win over Johns Hopkins Sunday afternoon at Delaware Stadium. Wolf finished with five goals and three assists to send Duke to championship weekend for the 10th time overall.
The Blue Devils have advanced to the final weekend of college lacrosse in each of the eight seasons under head coach John Danowski. Duke, 15-3 overall on the year, is 30-15 all-time in NCAA Tournament games and 10-4 in quarterfinal matchups.
“First I want to congratulate Johns Hopkins University on a phenomenal season,” head coach John Danowski said. “This game in preparation scared the heck out of us. We knew it was going to be a 60-minute battle. With that being said I couldn’t be more proud of the group of athletes representing Duke.”
Sophomore midfielder Myles Jones added three goals and four assists, while senior Josh Dionne had four goals before suffering an injury. Case Matheis chipped in five points (3g, 2a), his third hat trick of the season.
Duke came out of the gates hot, scoring five goals on its first five possessions for a 5-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Will Haus ignited the offense with a fast-break assist to Matheis 51 seconds into the game. The Blue Devils added five more goals over the next nine minutes, including two from Dionne for a 6-0 advantage at 5:13 of the opening stanza.
Facing a 6-0 deficit, Johns Hopkins capitalized on a pair of man-up chances to cut Duke’s lead to four, 7-3, at the half. Dionne finished the first half with a hat trick, his 26th of his career.
The Blue Devils’ offense continued to cruise in the second quarter. Duke stretched its lead to seven, 11-4, midway through the quarter before Johns Hopkins started to chip away. The Blue Jays, trailing 12-5, scored the quarter’s final three goals to head into the locker room down 12-8.
Johns Hopkins (11-5) opened the third quarter with two more unanswered to make it a 12-10 game at the 9:16 mark. Wolf, with just one score in the first 36 minutes, stepped up and stopped the Blue Jays’ 5-0 run and Duke’s scoring drought at 11:53 with consecutive goals to put the Blue Devils up 14-10.
“We first came out and played well,” Danowski said. “We knew they were going to make a run. The guys withstood the run and played with tremendous poise and maturity at the end, which isn’t something we haven’t always had this season.”
The Blue Jays brought it back to three, 14-11, early in the fourth, but it was all Duke in the fourth quarter. The Blue Devils finished the game on a 5-0 run and held Johns Hopkins scoreless for the final 14:14 of the game. Wolf and Matheis both had two goals in that stretch, while Jones had a goal and two assists.
Brendan Fowler won 17-of-33 faceoffs and picked up 13 ground balls and Haus helped anchor the defense game with an assist and three ground balls. Chris Hipps and Casey Carroll both picked up three ground balls apiece as Duke held the Blue Jays to just three goals in the second half.
Luke Aaron made three saves in 35 minutes of action and Kyle Turri had one stop in the final 24 minutes of relief.
· Head coach John Danowski advances to his eighth consecutive NCAA semifinal with the Blue Devils, the lone coach to do so in his first eight seasons at the helm of a program
· Jordan Wolf moved into sole possession of second place on the Duke and ACC career scoring charts with 293 points … He is seven shy of becoming the 10th player in NCAA history to reach 300 career points
· Wolf has scored at least one point in 59 career games and has a goal in 20 straight outings … He has 32 career hat tricks
· The 10 points from Jones and Walsh pushed Duke’s first midfield to a program-best 159 points for a midfield unit
· Myles Jones recorded seven points to push his season total to 57, ranking second among midfielders in Duke single-season history … Deemer Class is first with 60.
- Kyle Keenan had two goals and an assist ... He now has 19 goals and nine assists for 28 points - 12 more than his previous two seasons combined (8g, 8a)