WASHINGTON D.C.—Duke junior attackman Justin Guterding scored five goals and added an assist to lead the 12th-ranked Blue Devils to a 12-7 victory at Georgetown Saturday afternoon. Duke has won five straight heading into ACC play next weekend.
Duke improves to 7-2 overall, while Georgetown falls to 2-5 on the year. Joey Manown added two goals and two assists to the scoring effort, while Danny Fowler made 11 saves to anchor the defensive effort. Fowler has saved at least 55 percent of shots faced in the past five games and made double digit stops in three of those outings. Guterding pushes his career points total to 187 as he aims to become the fastest Blue Devil to reach 200 career points. He remains on pace to reach the mark in 49 games, one faster than Zack Greer's 50.
The Blue Devils, after committing a few turnovers to start the game, got on the board with a fastbreak goal from Terry Lindsay at the 10:19 mark of the opening quarter. Guterding added his 21st tally of the year and first of five for the day just over a minute later as the Blue Devils pushed their lead to 4-1 after 15 minutes.
Fowler, with four saves in the first period, continued to shine in the second quarter with three more saves to push his total to seven in the opening half. The Blue Devils allowed Georgetown just 14 shots in first half with Fowler stopping seven of the nine on goal.
Meanwhile, on the offensive end of the field, Guterding and junior Sean Cerrone added tallies to put Duke up 7-2 at the half. Cerrone’s goal was his first on the man-up line for the Blue Devils.
The Hoyas owned the third quarter, outscoring the Blue Devils 3-1 to make it 8-5 heading into the final period. Duke’s lone goal came from Guterding, but the Hoyas were able to fire 11 shots in the quarter and score on three of the four on frame. Jake Carraway led the charge for the Hoyas in the third quarter, netting two of his three on the afternoon.
Duke rebounded in the fourth quarter with Guterding and Manown leading the way with two goals and two assists, respectively. The Blue Devils went on a 4-0 run over a span of 6:35 to put them in front comfortably at 12-5. Jack Bruckner started the run on an assist from Sean Lowrie and Guterding threw in a bounce pass from Reilly Walsh to make it 10-5. Brad Smith connected on man up and Guterding capped the run on a helper from Matthew Giampetroni.
Georgetown scored twice in the final 98 seconds, including a man-up goal with 17 seconds left to make it a 12-7 final at Cooper Field. Daniel Bucaro had both of the goals in the fourth for the Hoyas. In goal, Nick Marrocco made 10 saves in the losing effort.
Kyle Rowe finished his day at the X, winning 12-of-22 with eight ground balls. He has 431 career ground balls and needs just four more faceoff wins to reach 700 for his career.
The Blue Devils open ACC play next weekend at No. 6 Syracuse. Faceoff is set for 1:30 p.m., at the Carrier Dome on ESPNU.