DURHAM, N.C. - Freshman attackman Case Matheis scored a career-high three goals and handed out two assists while sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Turri made a career-best 15 saves as 17th-ranked Duke University earned its third consecutive victory with a 12-4 triumph over visiting Towson University on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. The win was the 100th victory for head coach John Danowski at Duke and his 319th overall.
"I'm really proud of these guys today," said head coach John Danowski. "They played well and they played hard. This was a good game to grind out for us. Another game experience for the guys and at this point in the season that is what we need."
The Blue Devils (5-4) never trailed in the contest after scoring the first four goals of the afternoon. Tallies by David Lawson, Bill Conners, Matheis and Henry Lobb pushed Duke to a 4-1 lead at halftime. The goals by Conners and Lobb were the first for the duo this season and marked the first time Duke has gotten multiple goals from long poles in 2013.
The Tigers (3-5) pulled within 4-2 early in the third quarter, but Duke used an 8-1 run to pull away with a goal by Matheis midway through the fourth period extending the advantage to 12-3. Duke posted three goals in two minutes, including a pair within seven seconds of each other, to start the fourth quarter.
Duke held Towson to just four goals and to just 1-of-5 on man-up opportunities. The Blue Devils have held each of their past three opponents to eight or fewer goals after doing so just once in the previous six contests.
"Our defense is playing really well right now," Danowski said. "We wanted to speed things up around the crease defensively and I thought we did that. We're not giving up a lot of good shots and a lot of them are contested or rushed. I'm just really happy and proud of the guys today."
Towson received single goals from Cory Dobyns, Andrew Hodgson, Ben McCarty and Justin Mabus. Goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage was credited with 14 saves between the pipes.
Duke remains home to entertain Marist on Monday night at 7 p.m.