Big Contributions from Freshmen
The Blue Devils cruised to a 16-7 victory over Rutgers Saturday night thanks in large part to the offensive play of freshmen Deemer Class, Myles Jones, Case Matheis and John Shaffer. Class netted his first career multiple-goal game with two tallies, while Jones had his second two-goal game. Matheis dished out a career-high four assists and Shaffer, although unable to get on the board, was a dangerous scoring threat throughout the contest. That quartet has combined for 66 points this season from 39 goals and 27 assists. Matheis currently leads all freshmen in the ACC in goals, assists and points.
Wolf Joins Elite Company
With five goals in the win over Rutgers, junior attackman Jordan Wolf became the 15th Blue Devil to register 100 career goals. Wolf is the top junior scorer in Division I lacrosse and ranks 14th overall among active players with 103 tallies. The Wynnewood, Pa., native if 13th on the Duke career goals list and 16th in career points. The most recent player to register 100-plus goals was Zach Howell, who finished with 134. Wolf is 10 shy of climbing into the top 10, while Zack Greer holds the all-time Duke record with 206.
D-Middie DeLuca Scores
Duke senior defensive midfielder Greg DeLuca got into the scoring action this past Saturday with a career-high two goals. DeLuca netted a pair of goals in the first half to help Duke’ to a 6-2 lead early in the second quarter. Defensively, the Boonton Township, N.J., native helped anchor the defense that allowed just four goals in 53:42 before the Scarlet Knights scored three goals in the final 6:18. DeLuca finished the game with a two goals, one caused turnover and one ground ball.
Defense Rebounds with Strong Team Showing
After allowing 16 goals against Virginia the week before, the Blue Devils rallied to keep Rutgers at bay. The Scarlet Knights scored just seven goals, with three of those coming in the final 6:18 with Duke leading 16-4. Duke recorded a season-high 13 caused turnovers, dominated the ground ball battle (46-19), and won 19-of-26 faceoffs. Rutgers managed 31 shots for a .225 shot percentage and only 15 of those shots came on goal.
Career Highs Galore from Saturday Night
Twelve different Blue Devils either tied or set career highs in the 16-7 win over Rutgers. Overall, 14 career-highs were established or tied, including Jordan Wolf matching his previous best of five goals and Case Matheis handing out a season-best four assists. Deemer Class and Greg DeLuca registered his first multiple-goal game of their careers, while Jimmy O’Neill matched his career-best two caused turnovers. Freshman Jamie Ikeda earned his first career caused turnover and junior Henry Lobb picked up a career-high four ground balls.
Fowler Wins the Battle at the X
Junior Brendan Fowler, perhaps the most consistent draw guy in the country, was outstanding yet again for the Blue Devils. Going up against Josepha Nardella – ranked third nationally in faceoff win percentage – Fowler dominated the X by winning 16-of-22 draws he took, an incredible 72.7 percent. The 16 wins lifted his percentage to an ACC-best .650 (230-of-354). He has won at least 15 faceoffs in 11 of the 15 games and has taken all but 48 draws this season.
When Lawson Hits the Cage He Often Scores
Senior midfielder David Lawson is having a strong senior season with a career-best 24 goals and 34 points overall. Lawson, one of Duke’s best shooters, has hit the cage with 47.4 percent of his shots this season. However, when he does put a shot on goal it is going in at an impressive rate of 67 percent. He has had just 12 shots saved all season, a team-low of those with at least 25 shots on frame.
ACC Tournament Gets Underway Friday
The fifth-ranked Blue Devils will be in search of their eighth ACC Tournament title this weekend. Duke, seeded third after earning a share of the regular season title, will take on top-ranked and No. 2 seed North Carolina in the second semifinal, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. The Blue Devils are 8-4 against the Tar Heels in the ACC Tournament. Duke has won four of the past six ACC Tournaments – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012.