MILWAUKEE, WIS. –Duke junior attackman Justin Guterding scored three goals and senior goaltender Danny Fowler made 13 saves to lead the No. 3 Blue Devils to an 11-7 victory at Marquette Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils are riding a 9-1 stretch dating back to Feb. 25.
The Blue Devils improve to 11-3 overall, while Marquette falls to 6-6. Duke has held eight of its past 10 opponents to fewer than 10 goals.
Guterding finished the afternoon with four points from three goals and an assist, pushing his season total to 72. He is the first Blue Devil in program history to score at least 70 points in each of his three seasons, while his 72 are tied for 12th in the Duke records book. Rookies Joey Manown and Reilly Walsh both chipped in a pair, while redshirt freshman Sean Lowrie threw in two.
With two of the nation’s top defenses squaring off it’s no surprise that defense was the story. The teams combined for just 13 shots in the opening quarter with Duke building a 3-1 lead after 15 minutes.
The Golden Eagles opened the scoring 3:18 into the game, but Duke’s defense put the clamps on Marquette’s offense for nearly 12 minutes en route to building a 3-1 lead. Lowrie scored twice in the 3-0 run, while Sean Cerrone had the third on a coast-to-coast run.
Marquette twice managed to pull within one in the second quarter, only to have the Blue Devils respond with markers from Walsh and Manown to send Duke into halftime with a 5-3 advantage.
Fowler made five saves in the opening quarter and Duke’s defense forced Marquette into six turnovers in holding the Eagles to just three goals.
Marquette’s offense caught fire in the third, opening the period on a 3-0 run to grab its first lead since the 10:42 mark of the first quarter. Three different Eagles tallied goals during the run that spanned 6:14.
Guterding answered for the Blue Devils to spark a 3-0 stretch that sent Duke into the fourth quarter with an 8-6 edge. Mitch Russell found Joey Manown for the goal that put the Blue Devils ahead 7-6 and Walsh closed out the quarter’s scoring with 4:01 remaining.
Fowler continued his stellar play between the pipes with four saves in the third quarter.
Duke’s run stretched into the fourth quarter with Bruckner getting on the board for the first time of the afternoon to make it a three-goal game with 11:31 to play.
Griffin Connor ended Marquette’s scoreless stretch at 15:05, pulling the Eagles back within two, but Fowler and the Duke defense was outstanding in the final eight minutes to give the Blue Devils the 11-7 victory.
Joseph Dunn had two goals for Marquette, while Tanner Thomson had three points on a goal and two assists.
Kyle Rowe won 12-of-21 faceoffs and picked up six ground balls as Duke went 12-of-24 overall at the X.
Duke heads into ACC Tournament action this week as the No. 2 seed. The Blue Devils will play No. 3 seed in the ACC Semifinal for the third straight season. Faceoff is set for 8:30 p.m., on ESPNU.