Duke Scores Big Overtime Win over North Carolina
Jordan Wolf scored with 2:34 remaining in the first overtime to lift Duke to a thrilling 9-8 victory over North Carolina in front of 3,887 people at Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils trailed 7-5 heading into the fourth quarter and outscored the Tar Heels 3-1 in the final period to force overtime. Junior Kyle Keenan registered his third of the afternoon with 1:47 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Duke defense never allowed another shot in the game. The overtime win was a first for Duke against North Carolina as the Tar Heels had gotten the better of the Blue Devils in two previous overtime contests. The victory marked Duke’s 17th in the past 19 meetings and the 14th of 16 under head coach John Danowski. Duke is now 1-1 in ACC play and 2-2 against top five opponents.
Keenan Has a Day Versus the Tar Heels
Junior midfielder Kyle Keenan had a career day for the Blue Devils. The native of Smithtown, N.Y., registered his first career hat trick, including getting the game-tying goal. His nine goals this season are more than his previous two seasons combined, while his 13 points also are a career high. Keenan has multiple goals in four games this year and at least one point in all but two. His previous career high was two goals, all three of which have occurred this season.
What a Week for Wolf
It was quite a week for Duke’s Jordan Wolf. The senior attackman finished the week with 10 goals and three assists for 13 points. He started the week off with a career-high six goals and eight points as Duke cruised past Marquette. Four days later, the Wynnewood, Pa., native registered his 24th career hat trick as he notched four goals and an assist, including the overtime game-winner, to propel Duke past No. 4 North Carolina. With five points against the Tar Heels, Wolf surpassed All-American Max Quinzani at No. 5 on the Duke career points list with 237 (143g, 94a). Wolf is six assists shy of becoming the fourth Blue Devil and 14th ACC player to amass 100 career goals and 100 career assists.
Luke Aaron and Duke Defense Shine
Sophomore goaltender and the Duke defense were outstanding against No. 4 North Carolina. The Tar Heels came into the game averaging 16.83 goals per game and Duke held them to just eight. It marked the first time all year North Carolina scored fewer than 10 goals. Aaron matched his career high in saves with 15 and seniors Luke Duprey and Henry Lobb both corralled five ground balls. Duke’s man-down squad came away perfect, killing off three minutes of penalties over the course of the game.
Protecting the Home Turf
Duke’s 9-8 overtime win over North Carolina kept the Blue Devils perfect at home this season at 6-0. Since 2007, Duke is 74-9 in Durham and this year’s senior class is 35-4. Those four losses were to Maryland twice (2011, 2013) and Notre Dame and Denver in 2013. The Blue Devils last loss at home March 2, 2013 against Maryland. Duke last went undefeated at home in 2012, an unblemished 9-0.
Nearing Win No. 500
With 497 wins, Duke is three shy of capturing its 500th program victory since lacrosse began in 1938 in Durham. Almost 25 percent of those wins have come under head coach John Danowski with 117 since 2007 (23.5). Overall, Duke has 193 wins in the 21st century with its 140 since 2005 the most of any Division I program.
Blue Devil Firsts Come Against Marquette
A trio of Blue Devils scored their first career goals in Duke’s 20-9 win over Marquette Tuesday night. Sophomores Ben Scharf and Joe Kruy and rookie Jack Bruckner all tallied goals to help the Blue Devils win. Five Blue Devils overall have notched their first career goals this season.
Tough March Slate Continues
Duke will travel south to take on first-year program Furman Tuesday before returning to Durham to welcome No. 10 Syracuse March 23 at 12:30 p.m. The Orange is coming off of a big 12-10 win over No. 2 Johns Hopkins as it looks for its first ACC win of the year. The game will be televised live by ESPNU.
He Said It Best:
“I thought it was a terrific college athletic event. It was a great crowd, two teams playing really hard and fans cheering for both teams. I just thought it was everything that is good about our sport. I thought it was a great display for college lacrosse.”
- Duke Head Coach John Danowski
Peyton Williams @peyton_williams
Fun game to photograph today during the UNC v. @Duke_MLAX game. Wish every game could be like this.
Paul Carcaterra @paulcarcaterra
@Duke_MLAX Jordan Wolf....some guys just like the rock when the game is on the line, some don't...you obviously do.
James Boger @InsideCLTSports
Jordan Wolf is an absolute beast. Great win by @Duke_MLAX today in OT vs Carolina.