DURHAM, N.C. – Senior attackman Justin Guterding scored six goals and added two assists to help No. 3 Duke to a 17-5 triumph over visiting Marquette on Friday evening at Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils outscored the Golden Eagles 12-2 in the second half to earn the win.
Duke improves to 12-2 overall while Marquette falls to 6-6. The Blue Devils have now won all six meetings in the all-time series.
“Marquette did a nice job facing off [in the first half],” said head coach John Danowski. “They did a great job off the ground and they took advantage. I think in the second half we were really happy that the guys hung in there and learned perseverance.”
After leading by a narrow 5-3 score at intermission, Duke claimed complete control of the contest by outscoring the Golden Eagles 5-1 in the third period as Guterding and Brad Smith each scored twice in the quarter.
Smith finished the night with two goals and three assists for five points. The dynamic scoring duo of Smith and Guterding had a hand in each of the five first-half goals. Rookie Joe Robertson chipped in four goals and one assist, his sixth hat trick of the season.
In the third quarter, Guterding and Smith had four of the five scores as Duke scored three times in the final 1:49 after being held scoreless for 9:02.
On the defensive side of the ball, Danny Fowler was outstanding in the first two quarters, allowing Duke to take the two-goal lead into the locker room. He made seven of his 10 saves in the game in the first half, with a handful of those being on the doorstep for Marquette.
“I thought in the first half he made a couple of saves in tight that really made a difference,” Danowski said. “It could have been 5-5 at the half and we knew Marquette’s history that they had a lot of success in one-goal games and we reminded those guys of that at halftime.”
For the 17th time this season, Duke’s defense put its opponent on lockdown, holding Marquette without a goal for 25:31 spanning the third and fourth quarters. JT Giles-Harris and Cade Van Raaphorst both had two caused turnovers apiece, while Peter Welch had three. At the faceoff X, Brian Smyth (8-of-14) and Joe Stein (4-of-9) combined to go 12-23.
Guterding continues to climb the NCAA scoring charts. His eight points pushed his career points total to 323, sixth in NCAA history. His 195 goals puts him fourth in NCAA history and moves him ahead of Albany’s Connor Fields and five shy of becoming just the second player in NCAA history with 200 tallies. Zack Greer holds the Duke and NCAA record with 206.
For Marquette, Griffin Fleming led the way with two goals.
Duke travels to Charlottesville, Va., for the ACC Tournament semifinals on Friday, April 27. The Blue Devils have secured the No. 2 seed in the event and will learn its opponent and gametime tomorrow.