DURHAM, N.C. – Senior attackman Justin Guterding scored six goals and eight points overall and goalkeeper Danny Fowler made 10 saves to lead No. 3 Duke to a 14-4 win over visiting Richmond in men’s lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
With the win, the Blue Devils improve to 5-1 while the Spiders fall to 2-3. Duke remains undefeated at home 4-0 before it hits the road for three games.
“The game was strange statistically when you look at it,” said head coach John Danowski. “We’re happy with the outcome, but we know there is a lot of work left to do.”
After trailing 2-1 at the end of one period, the Blue Devils outscored Richmond by an 8-0 count in the second frame to take control of the game. In the pivotal second quarter, Guterding scored four consecutive goals in a span of 2:30 while the Duke defense forced eight Spider turnovers, limited Richmond to just four shots and successfully thwarted one man-advantage opportunity.
“We won a couple faceoffs [in the second quarter] and there was a little more pressure on the perimeter defensively and then really good execution offensively [was the key to the second quarter run],” Danowski said. “I think we got settled and we got a lot of production from a lot of people who make the plays people don’t notice.”
Joe Robertson and Peter Conley complimented Guterding’s performance – which included two assists – with three and two goals, respectively, while Joey Manown chipped in one goal and two assists. Other single-goal scorers for Duke were Brad Smith and Jake Seau.
Fowler and Cade Van Raaphorst, who logged three caused turnovers and four ground balls, spearheaded a Duke defense that held Richmond scoreless for 25:50 from the 7:11 mark of the first period to the 11:21 mark of the third quarter. At the faceoff X, Joe Stein secured 12-of-21 draws for the Blue Devils.
Overall, Duke held Richmond scoreless in both the second and fourth quarters and forced 25 turnovers. Greg Pelton was crucial on the faceoff wing, scooping up six ground balls to help bolster the faceoff game.
Coached by former Duke captain Dan Chemotti, Richmond received a one-goal, one-assist outing from Tyler Shoults while goalkeeper Blake Goodman was credited for 10 saves while surrendering 14 goals.
Duke travels to face No. 9 Loyola next Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will be streamed live on Facebook and through Patriot League TV.