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No. 2 Duke Pushes Past Utah 17-11 Tuesday Night
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/12/2019
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DURHAM, N.C.—Duke freshman midfielder Garrett Leadmon tallied a career-high four goals to pace the second-ranked Blue Devils to a 17-11 victory over first-year program Utah in men’s lacrosse action Tuesday night at Koskinen Stadium. Joe Robertson and Brad Smith chipped in five points apiece as Duke extended its win streak to six games.

The Blue Devils (7-1) jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first 4:44 of the game and led 6-3 after the first quarter. Leadmon registered two of his four in the opening period.

The second quarter proved to be a different story with Utah (4-4) using a 4-0 run to take a 7-6 lead with six minutes remaining in the quarter. Jimmy Perkins had three of the four goals in the spurt before finishing the night with a game-high five tallies. The Utes held the Blue Devils scoreless for 16:41 before Robertson took a shot from just over midfield that found the cage to even the score at the break.

After being outscored 4-1 in the second quarter, the third period belonged to the Blue Devils as they scored seven unanswered and held Utah scoreless for a span of 25:29 to build a 14-7 lead after 45 minutes of play.

All seven goals came from seven different players, including a pair with eight seconds remaining. Leadmon started the surge just 51 seconds into the period. The Blue Devils tacked on four more goals over the next eight-plus minutes before capping the stanza with two in the final eight seconds.

Peter Welch punctuated the third quarter as he threw in a pass from Brian Smyth off the faceoff for Duke’s 14-7 advantage.

In the fourth, Duke sophomore Cameron Mulé scored his first of the year to complete the Blue Devils’ scoring on the night and extend Duke’s lead to 17-8. Utah finished the evening with three unanswered for the final 17-11 score.

The Blue Devils were dominant at the faceoff off X, winning 28-of-31. Jordan Ginder was 14-of-14 and Smyth 13-of-15. The pair also had 12 and 11 ground balls, respectively.

Duke outshot Utah 46-28 for the game and won the ground ball battle 45-17.

In goal, Turner Uppgren made six saves in 53 minutes of action. Garrett Smith and David McCann split the final seven with Smith making his first career stop. Utah goaltender Liam Donnelly had 12 stops in his 55 minutes between the pipes.

No. 2 Duke returns to Koskinen against No. 5 Towson Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

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