BOSTON—Duke senior attackmen Josh Dionne and Jordan Wolf combined for 14 points on nine goals and five assists to lead the Blue Devils to a 16-11 victory over Boston University in the regular season finale at Nickerson Field.
Wolf finished the day with a career-high matching eight points – 4g, 4a – and Dionne added five goals and an assist to push Duke to 13-3 on the year. Kyle Keenan registered his second career hat trick. Boston University ends its first season of lacrosse 2-12.
“Hats off to Boston University and Ryan Polley’s team,” said Duke head coach John Danowski. “They played hard and were resilient. This was a great game for us to play coming off of final exams. I thought BU was terrific today and certainly we’ll go back and look at this game to get ready for next weekend.”
The Terriers got off to a fast start, going up 2-0 before the Blue Devils scored four unanswered for a 4-3 lead after one period. Boston University scored right off the bat in the first seven seconds, but the Blue Devil defense held the Terriers to just three more goals over the next 29:53.
Myles Jones opened the scoring for the Blue Devils at 9:28 and Wolf and Keenan added goals to give Duke its first lead with 2:48 left in the first quarter. The Blue Devils added five goals, including two from Wolf and Josh Dionne, in the second quarter as the offense found its rhythm.
Terrier goaltender Christian Carson-Bannister was outstanding in the first half with 14 stops, including eight in the first quarter alone. The freshman netminder finished with a career-high 25 saves.
Duke sophomore Deemer Class gave the Blue Devils their largest lead of the game, 10-5, 1:45 into the third quarter, but two goals in six seconds for the Terriers kept Duke within reach of BU. As the Blue Devils looked to pull away with a goal from Keenan, Terrier draw man Sam Talkow had other ideas as he continued to win faceoffs. BU answered Keenan’s score minutes later with consecutive scores in 15 seconds to make it a two-point game, 11-9, with 6:18 left in the third.
Dionne went on a run of his own over the remaining six minutes of the third quarter and into early parts of the fourth with three unanswered to put the Blue Devils back in front by five, 14-9. Despite the outstanding play from Carson-Bannister in net, Duke proved to be too much as it held off the hard-working Terrier squad for the 16-11 victory.
Luke Aaron and Kyle Turri shared goaltending duties, making six and four saves, respectively. Brendan Fowler won 13-of-29 faceoffs and picked up six ground balls. Overall, Duke held a narrow 33-32 edge in ground balls for the game.
Duke will await word on who it will face next in the NCAA Tournament first round. The NCAA selections will be announced at 9 p.m., on ESPNU.