DURHAM, N.C. – Junior attackman Justin Guterding scored three goals and added an assist to lead No. 7 Duke to a 10-5 victory over visiting High Point on Friday night at Koskinen Stadium.
The Blue Devils (1-1) limited the Panthers (0-1) to just one goal and only eight shots in the second half after leading by one tally, 5-4, at intermission.
“We’ve only been practicing for a month, which is really not a lot of time in the grand scheme of things, especially when you play a lot of young players,” said head coach John Danowski. “The only way we’re going to get better is by playing. Tonight was a good opportunity to gain good game experience.”
In registering the 30th multi-goal performance of his career, Guterding became the 18th player in Duke history to reach the 100-goal plateau. The Garden City, N.Y., native now has 101 goals and 48 assists in 39 career games and ranks tied for 26th on the Duke career scoring chart.
Duke broke free from a 2-2 tie with a pair of goals in the final 2:09 of the opening period. After holding the one-goal advantage at halftime, the Blue Devils used markers from sophomore Brad Smith and Guterding to claim a 7-4 lead before High Point’s Connor Robinson closed the third quarter’s scoring to pull the Panthers back within two goals. Duke scored all three of the contest’s goals in the final period.
The Blue Devils received a two-goal, two-assist performance from rookie Joey Manown while Kevin Quigley chipped in a pair of tallies. Kyle Rowe secured 14-of-19 draws and scooped up 12 ground balls. Goalkeepers Danny Fowler (5 saves & 4 goals allowed) and Turner Uppgren (1 save & 1 goal allowed) split time in the Duke net.
Overall, nine different Blue Devils registered at least one point and 16 players picked up at least a ground ball. Duke dominated the game on the ground, winning the battle 32-16.
“Offensively, we’re getting goal production from freshmen,” Danowski said. “So we’re very very young, but they have to keep playing and figure it out.”
Robinson, Sean Harrison, Jason Ashwood and Michael LeClair scored single goals for High Point while goalkeeper Tim Trourner, Jr., posted 11 saves.
Duke returns to action on Sunday by hosting Cleveland State at 2:30 p.m.