CLEVELAND, Ohio—Duke senior attackman Justin Guterding scored five goals and added an assist to lead the third-ranked Blue Devils to a 9-3 victory at Cleveland State Sunday afternoon. It was the second game in two days for the Blue Devils as they held the Vikings without a goal in the second half.
The win pushes Duke to 8-1 overall on the year while Cleveland State falls to 2-7. The Blue Devils are 3-1 on the road heading into ACC play next weekend.
Duke jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening seven minutes with goals from Brad Smith, Guterding and Peter Conley. However, the Blue Devils struggled offensively in the final seven minutes and throughout much of the second quarter as Cleveland State worked its way within one at the half.
The Blue Devils were held scoreless for 18:11 and Cleveland State put together long possessions and capped the 3-1 run with a goal with five seconds left. Stephen Russo was outstanding in the cage for the Vikings in the opening half, making nine saves.
Guterding took over for the Duke offense in the third quarter, having a hand in all of the Blue Devils’ goals as they went ahead 8-3. The Garden City, N.Y., native tallied the first two and provided an assist to Jake Seau’s marker. He added his third of the frame with 52 seconds left.
On the defensive half of the field, Duke held the Vikings to just three shots and forced seven turnovers in the period.
Guterding added his fifth goal of the day in the fourth quarter, extending Duke’s lead to six for good, 9-3. The Blue Devils held Cleveland State to only 11 shots in the second half and forced 11 turnovers. Overall, the Vikings had 21 turnovers and Duke was credited with forcing 15. Greg Pelton paced the caused turnovers total with three.
Conley finished with two to complement Guterding who is six points shy of the 300 mark.
Duke opens ACC play, hosting No. 12 Syracuse March 24 at 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.