DURHAM, N.C. –Attackmen Jack Bruckner and Justin Guterding combined for nine goals and seven assists to lead No. 7 Duke to a 22-7 win over visiting Cleveland State on Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. Duke held the Vikings to just one goal in the final 34:29 of the game.
Bruckner posted five goals and one assist while Guterding added four markers and six helpers as Duke improved to 2-1 on the season. The loss drops Cleveland State, playing in its inaugural season, to 0-2.
“It’s Feb. 12 and we’ve played three games already,” head coach John Danowski said. “We have 180 minutes of game experience that we didn’t have eight days ago and that’s really the biggest thing.”
The 10 points matched Guterding’s career-best effort previously set on February 28, 2015 against Harvard and were one shy of matching the Duke single-game record. Bruckner’s five-goal outing pushes his career tally total to 106.
The Blue Devils led 9-3 midway through the second quarter before the Vikings went on a three-goal run to make it a three-goal game. Duke, behind goals from Bruckner, Prendergast and Guterding, answered with three tallies in the final 3:44 to take a 12-6 lead into intermission.
“We’re a long ways away in every department,” Danowski said. “It takes a while for guys to understand what a game is like. Practice is so compartmentalized that it’s hard to simulate the game experience. Our guys did a really good job I think of getting better each time out. I think we were a little better today than we were Friday night.”
Duke came out of the locker room and opened the game wide open with seven third-quarter scores. Rookie Ryan Hastings got into the scoring column for the first time in his Blue Devil career to close out the period. The Blue Devils tacked on three more goals in the fourth quarter for the 22-7 final score
The Blue Devils also receive multi-goal performances from Joey Manown (2) and Brad Smith (3). In all, 15 different Blue Devils registered at least one point on the afternoon. Danny Fowler (3 saves & 5 goals allowed in 22:43) and Turner Uppgren (six saves & one goal allowed in 27:10) shared time between the Duke pipes. David McCann came on in the final 10:07 and made one save.
Cleveland State was led by Danny Tesler’s pair of goals while goalkeeper Caleb Espinoza posted eight saves.
Duke scored on 5-of-5 extra man opportunities while the Blue Devil defense held Cleveland State to zero goals in five man-up chances.
Duke travels to face No. 3 Denver next Saturday with faceoff set for 2 p.m. (ET).