DURHAM, N.C.-Duke University's starting attack trio of juniors Josh Dionne and Jordan Wolf and freshman Case Matheis combined for 11 goals and 17 points overall to lead the 13th-ranked Blue Devils to a 19-11 victory over Marist in non-conference men's lacrosse action this evening at Koskinen Stadium. Wolf led all scorers with seven points overall to match his career high.
Duke (6-4) captured its fourth straight win in the past 10 days as it netted at least four goals in all four quarters and outscored Marist (5-1) 10-5 in the second half to hand the Red Foxes their first loss of the year.
"I think the guys are a little tired," said head coach John Danowski. "That was four games in 10 days. But it's something that our guys have to learn to do if they want to play in meaningful games down the line. We are delighted with our progress individually and collectively and look forward to a day off tomorrow.
Dionne matched his career-high in goals with four tallies, while Matheis bested his career-high output in points with six off of three goals and three assists. All six of Duke's starting offensive players had at least two points in the game.
"Everybody is gaining game experience. So guys like Case Matheis with multiple point performances. He gets better, sees game situations. They played zone the first quarter then they played man for three quarters so the game got up and down a whole bunch of times and we were able to capitalize on those situations, which we haven't this year yet."
Marist scored first, but the Blue Devils answered with seven of the next eight goals to go in front 7-2 early in the second quarter. Duke Seven different players netted tallies in that stretch with all seven scores being assisted.
After the Red Foxes went on a four-goal spurt midway through the second quarter to pull within one, 7-6, Duke netted two goals in the final 1:18 for the 9-6 lead at the break. Senior David Lawson scored the first and made a great play to assist Wolf with the final score of the half with two seconds left on the clock.
The Blue Devils quickly stretched the lead to five, 11-6 with markers from Wolf and Dionne and never looked back en route to the eight-goal victory. Lawson matched his career high with four points from two goals and two assists.
Duke held a 49-35 advantage in shots and won the ground ball battle 40-26. The Blue Devils went 2-of-3 on man-up chances.
The Blue Devils return to action March 23 against Georgetown at 1 p.m.