GREENVILLE, S.C.—Duke men’s lacrosse head coach John Danowski became the first Division I coach to reach 400 career wins tonight as the second-ranked Blue Devils bested Furman 17-9 in the 2019 season opener at Paladin Stadium. Danowski, the all-time Division I wins leader, is the third head coach across all three NCAA divisions to reach the benchmark.
Danowski, sporting a 400-194 career record, is 181-55 at Duke and moves to 11-2 in season openers. The Blue Devils move to 1-0 in their earliest start to a season in school history.
Sophomore attackman Joe Robertson led all scorers with four goals and an assist for five points, while senior CJ Carpenter registered his first career hat trick. Graduate student Jake Seau had a big night, getting the start on the first midfield and finishing with a career-best two goals and two assists.
Playing in his first collegiate game, sophomore Cameron Badour also had a hat trick as seven different Blue Devils score goals. Nine players had at least one point and Brian Smyth was outstanding at the faceoff X, winning 19-of-27 and picking up 14 ground balls.
The first quarter went back and forth with Duke and Furman trading goals in the opening minutes, leaving it at 2-2 at the 9:11 mark. JSeau started the scoring in 2019 with an unassisted score just 35 seconds into the game.
Junior Kevin Quigley broke the 2-2 tied with his first of the year to give Duke the lead for good, but Furman refused to go away as it pulled back within one at the first-quarter break.
Duke started to hit its stride in the second quarter, outscoring the Paladins 5-2 for a 9-5 halftime advantage. Reilly Walsh had two of the goals, while Badour got on the board for the first time in his career to double up Furman 8-4.
Coming out of the locker room, junior long stick midfielder Walker Scaglione provided a lift as he raced down the field and threw in his first career goal to start a 5-0 third-quarter run that extended Duke’s lead to 14-5.
Furman answered with three straight, but the Blue Devils closed out the game with three of the final four tallies for the eight-goal victory.
Overall, Duke won 19-of-29 faceoffs and won the ground ball battle 35-24. In goal, Turner Uppgren earned his first career start and made seven saves. David McCann came in for the final three minutes and had two stops.
The Blue Devils get back at it right away, hosting High Point in the home opener Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.