DURHAM, N.C. – Attackmen Jack Bruckner and Justin Guterding combined for 12 goals and six assists as No. 9 Duke celebrated Senior Day at Koskinen Stadium with a 20-11 victory over No. 19 Virginia in ACC men’s lacrosse action Saturday.
The win pushes the Blue Devils to 10-3 overall and 3-1 in league action while the Cavaliers fall to 8-6 overall and 0-4 in conference play. Duke has now defeated Virginia in 17 of the last 18 meetings including 12 consecutive regular season tilts.
The victory, combined with Syracuse's win over North Carolina, secures the No. 2seed for the Blue Devils in the ACC Tournament which is set for April 28-30 in Durham.
Bruckner finished the day with six goals and two assists while Guterding logged six tallies and four helpers to match his career-high 10 points. Also posting multiple point totals for the Blue Devils were CJ Carpenter (2 goals), Matthew Giampetroni (1 goal & 1 assist), Sean Lowrie (2 assists), Mitch Russell (1 goal & 1 assist), Brad Smith (2 assists) and Reilly Walsh (1 goal & 1 assist).
Guterding’s first goal the game put the junior at 200 career points, joining 12 other Blue Devils on the short list. He reached the benchmark in just 50 games, tying Zack Greer for the fastest in Duke history. He currently has 209 career points, ranking tied for 10th on the Duke career list.
Duke darted to a 6-0 lead at the end of one period and held a 10-2 advantage at intermission thanks to two goals apiece from Bruckner and Guterding along with a six-save performance in the opening 30 minutes by goalkeeper Danny Fowler.
The stalwart Blue Devil defense held the high-powered Virginia offense to just 14 first-half shots and forced eight turnovers.
The Cavaliers responded with three goals to open the third quarter, but Duke’s four consecutive markers pushed the lead to 14-5 when Guterding found the back of the net with 1:06 left in the period. The Blue Devils outscored Virginia, 6-5, in the final quarter to account for the final margin.
Fowler finished the day with 11 total saves while Kyle Rowe won 15-of-26 draws and picked up eight ground balls at the faceoff X. Ethan Powley spearheaded Duke’s defensive effort with two caused turnovers and four ground balls.
For Virginia, Ryan Lukacovic carded four goals and three assists. Starting goalkeeper Griffin Thompson allowed 14 goals while making nine saves in 45 minutes of action.
Duke travels to face Marquette next Saturday with faceoff set for 1 p.m. (ET).