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Ground Ball Notebook: A Veteran Returns
Wednesday 02/10/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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The Long Awaited Return of a Veteran
Duke’s season opener Saturday featured the return of Casey Carroll to the lacrosse field. A veteran of both lacrosse and the U.S. Military, Carroll played in his first game since May 28, 2007 – a span of 2,447 days. The redshirt senior returned to Duke after serving from 2007-12 in the United States Army's 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and suffering a torn ACL in 2013. In his first game, the father of two young boys had three caused turnovers and five ground balls as Duke earned the 16-10 victory over Jacksonville.
 
Blue Devils Attack Shakes off Slow Start
Duke fell behind 3-0 early and only scored one goal in the first quarter before rallying for seven straight to take the 16-10 victory. The attacking duo of Jordan Wolf and Josh Dionne were stifled early by the Dolphins defense. They were held scoreless until the 7:49 mark of the second quarter when Wolf got on the board with an unassisted tally. Wolf went on to add another goal and four assists, while Dionne scored five goals in the final two quarters to bring his career total to 96.
 
A Collection of Firsts
The season opener featured a collection of players notching various career firsts. Sophomores Jamie Ikeda and Chad Cohan both made their first career starts at defense and attack, respectively, while rookie Jack Bruckner earned the start on the first midfield in his first career game as a Blue Devil. Cohan and Ikeda both made a big splash with Cohan netting his first career points with two goals and three assists and Ikeda forcing three turnovers and picking up two ground balls. Junior Kyle Keenan recorded his first multiple-goal performance with two markers and a career-high four points, while freshman Thomas Zenker put his name in the scorebook with his first career goal.
 
Four Down 15 to Go
Senior attackman Jordan Wolf opened the 2014 season looking to become just the fourth player in Duke lacrosse history to compile 100 goals and 100 assists in his career. With 120 goals already to his name, Wolf opened his final season 19 assists shy of the century mark. The Wynnewood, Pa., native dished out four helpers leaving him needing just 15 more to join Matt Danowski, Tony Cullen and Steve Sachs in the fraternity.  
 
Dionne Nearing Century Mark
With five goals against Jacksonville, Dionne pushed his career total to 96 to leave him four shy of becoming the 16th player to record 100 career goals. The New Hampshire native’s 111 points currently rank 35th at Duke, while his 96 goals are 17th.
 
Duke Looking for Win No. 500 in 75th Season
Celebrating its 75th season, the Blue Devils are aiming to get win No. 500 for the program in 2014. The win over Jacksonville marked the program’s 492nd since it started in 1938. It was the 112th under head coach John Danowski and the nation’s-best 135th since 2005.
 
Fowler Back at the X
Senior captain Brendan Fowler was back at the faceoff X for the Blue Devils after his record-breaking 2013 campaign. The NCAA’s single-season holder in faceoff victories won 18-of-28 draws and picked up a career-high 16 ground balls . Jacksonville won the first two draws before Fowler adjusted and won 64 percent of his restarts. It marked the seventh time in his career he has won 18-plus faceoffs.
 
Big Test Awaits Duke Next
Duke welcomes preseason No. 4 Denver to Koskinen Stadium next Saturday for a 1 p.m., faceoff. The Pioneers have had the Blue Devils’ number lately with three straight victories, including a 14-12 win in the 2013 season opener.
 
Stat of the Day
After being held scoreless for the first 35:10 of the game, Josh Dionne scored his five goals in half of that time – 17:39. The five goals tied his career high and is his 17th career hat trick.
 
Quote of the Week
“Until you step on the field you don’t know what you have or what you’re working with. I love the kids, I love who they are, what they’ve done in the classroom, what they  do in the weight room, what they do in practice. But, in terms of who we are as a team is yet to be discovered.” – Head coach John Danowski on his team following its season-opening win.
 
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