CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –Duke senior attackman Justin Guterding had nine points from four goals and five assists to lead the third-ranked Blue Devils to an 18-13 victory over No. 10 Virginia in ACC men’s lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium. The win clinches a spot in the ACC Tournament for the Blue Devils.
Duke improves to 11-2 overall and 3-1 in the ACC, while Virginia falls to 9-4 and 1-3 against league foes. Peter Conley contributed three goals and an assist, while Joe Robertson had three tallies as well. Brian Smyth came off the bench to win 8-of-14 faceoffs and scored two goals.
The first half featured 17 goals with both teams getting up and down the field. Guterding posted six (2g, 4a) of his nine points in the opening half to head into the locker room 11-6.
Duke started the scoring four minutes into the contest with a Guterding tally. The Cavaliers tied it 1-1 48 seconds later, but it was all Blue Devils for the next five minutes as they scored four unanswered in a span of 3:31 for the 5-1 lead with 6:14 left in the period.
The track meet continued into the second quarter with both teams netting two goals in the first 3:24. Duke finished the quarter by holding Virginia to one goal in the final 11:36 and scoring three of their own for the five-goal advantage at the break.
Conley and Robertson both had three goals apiece to go with Guterding’s two as Duke scored the most goals in a half it had all season.
Virginia put together a run in the third quarter, scoring five unanswered and holding the Blue Devils without a goal for 8:29 to pull within one, 12-11, with 2:49 left to play. Spearheading the run was Michael Kraus with two goals and two assists in that stretch. He finished with four and five, respectively, to lead the Cavalier offense.
With the lead down to one, Brian Smyth came on for the faceoff and quickly moved the momentum back in Duke’s direction as he won the draw, raced down and scored to stop Duke’s scoreless drought.
After holding Virginia off in the final 2:42 of the third period, the Blue Devils turned up the heat on offense, scoring five goals in 4:04, including four in 68 seconds, to take an 18-11 lead. Guterding had two in that span, while Smyth threw in his second as Duke pulled away for the ACC Tournament clinching victory.
Joey Manown and Kevin Quigley also finished with two goals apiece and Brad Smith dished out three assists. Guterding pushed career points total to 317 with 189 goals and 128 assists. Duke has not lost to the Cavaliers in the regular season since 2004, a 13-game stretch.
Joe Stein won 13 of his 21 faceoffs and picked up five ground balls. In goal, Danny Fowler had 10 saves and six ground balls for his 11th win. Griffin Thompson made six saves in 45 minutes, while Alex Rode had three in the loss.
Duke returns home to Koskinen Stadium to host Marquette April 20 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.