DURHAM, N.C.—Duke University goaltender Rob Schroeder made a career-high 14 saves, including six in the fourth quarter, to lead the eighth-ranked Blue Devils to a 9-5 victory over No. 19 Georgetown in men’s lacrosse action this afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. Duke scored four unanswered goals in the final 17:08 of the game to capture the victory.
“The fact that our defensive group held Georgetown to five goals is a phenomenal total,” head coach John Danowski said. “I’m really happy for Rob Schroeder. He had 14 saves and that’s a phenomenal job. I’m really proud of him.”
The five goals allowed by Duke is the fewest this season as it improves to 7-3 overall. Georgetown drops to 2-4 overall on the year as Duke handed the Hoyas their first road loss of the season.
“We mixed up our defensive system today, but other than that we got contributions from everybody,” senior Ryan McFadyen said. “Anytime we could get on their gloves we did. We didn’t want to let them get comfortable or get settled.”
Juniors Max Quinzani and Will McKee led Duke with three and two goals, respectively. Justin Turri had a goal and an assist and Ned Crotty had two helpers. Duke had eight different players register a point in the win. Georgetown was led by Ryan Shuler with two tallies.
The Hoyas got on the board first just 2:21 into the contest with an unassisted score from Todd Cochran. Duke responded in commanding fashion with five unanswered for a 5-1 lead early in the second quarter.
Not missing a beat after giving up the early goal, Duke scored four times on eight shots. CJ Costabile tied the game with a bounce shot over the right shoulder of Hoya keeper Jack Davis at the 12:25 mark.
Quinzani took over for the remaining 12 minutes of the quarter, posting three goals on three shots. He gave Duke the early 2-1 lead off a pass from Crotty to start his run and added a pair of man-up scores in 42 seconds to send the Blue Devils into the first break with a 4-1 lead.
“I think I had three shots on three goals so that made me feel a lot more confident,” Quinzani said. “Once I start doing that, it takes the pressure of the other guys so they can start hitting their shots. We were really casual today and played with confidence. It was a lot different than on Tuesday [against Cornell] and I think that was the difference in the game.”
Duke got a goal from McKee in the early minutes of the second quarter to make it 5-1 and the Blue Devil defense stymied any threats from the Hoyas. Georgetown took advantage of a penalty in the final minute of the half and was able to tally two goals in nine seconds to cut the deficit in half going into the locker room.
Georgetown carried that momentum into the third quarter as it added two more scores to tie the contest at 5-5 with 3:04 left in the third frame. Duke’s offense that was firing on all cylinders early in the contest continued to struggle in the third quarter.
“It was 5-3 and then it was 5-5,” Danowski said. “I was very proud of the way our guys kept their poise. I thought against Cornell we lost our poise a little bit in the fourth quarter and today we kept our poise.”
Despite going 23:36 without scoring a goal, Duke never allowed Georgetown to take the lead. After the Hoyas tied the score at five, the Blue Devils answered with two unanswered in the final two minutes of the third quarter and added two more to secure the four-goal win.
“We came out a little flat [in the third quarter], but our defense still played well,” Quinzani said. “They didn’t let them get a lead, and we came back. We had forgotten how to play for just a little bit and then we got back into it.”
Catalino started the run at the 2:08 mark of the third quarter with a man-up tally. Turri provided the assist on the play. Just 21 seconds later it was Zach Howell and Steve Schoeffel combining to make it a 7-5 game after three sessions.
Looking to pull away in the final 15 minutes, Duke got some big saves from Schroeder and was able to put two more on the scoreboard. Crotty connected with Turri six minutes into the stanza with a perfect pass through traffic and gave the Blue Devils a three-goal cushion. McKee sealed the victory with 3:41 left with a man-down score.
Georgetown took 37 shots to Duke’s 29, while the Blue Devils won the ground ball battle 35-28. Duke was 3-of-7 on man-up situations, while the Hoyas went 1-of-3. Davis made 10 saves in goal for Georgetown.
“It was a hard eight days with North Carolina last Saturday and Cornell on Tuesday,” Danowski said. “I am delighted with our ability to bounce back from losing on Tuesday night and staying on task. It’s not an easy thing to do.”
Notes: Senior Brad Ross captured his 64th win in a Duke uniform against the Hoyas. His 64 wins surpass the NCAA record for career victories set by former Duke players Matt Danowski, Nick O'Hara, and Michael Ward. He has played in each of Duke’s 64 wins since joining the team in 2005.
Junior Max Quinzani pushed his scoring streak to 37 games with three goals. He has 103 goals and 14 assists for 117 points in the 37-game stretch.