NETANYA, ISRAEL –It was a successful first day for the former Blue Devils in action at the 2018 FIL World Championships in Netanya, Israel. Overall, five former Duke standouts represented Israel and the United States with both countries winning their openers.
Josh Offit, a captain of the 2013 NCAA Championship team, finished with two goals as Israel pulled away in the second half for an 11-3 win over Jamaica. With Israel trailing 2-1, Offit netted his first to tie the game and then added another in the second quarter to make it a two-goal lead, 4-2. Offit and the Israeli team continued to cruise, en route to the victory.
Israel plays Russia next, July 14 at 2 p.m., (ET).
With Duke head coach John Danowski patrolling the sidelines for Team USA, the red, white and blue used a monster second half to come away with the 17-9 triumph over the Iroquois Nationals. Representing the U.S. from Duke are Ned Crotty, Matt Danowski, Will Haus and Jordan Wolf.
The United States fell behind 3-0 early, but it was Danowski and Wolf with the first goals of the day to pull the U.S., within one. The back and forth continued with the Iroquois firing on all cylinders on offense and taking a 7-5 lead into the half.
After regrouping at halftime, Rob Pannell and the United States took command right away with a pair of unanswered goals to tie it 7-7. Ryan Brown gave them their first lead of the evening and the U.S. rolled through the third and fourth quarters. Wolf added a goal and two more assists to his total, while Danowski tacked on a goal to his stat line in the fourth quarter. Haus finished with one ground ball, while Crotty was a great facilitator in the midfield throughout the game.
The United States are back in action Saturday, July 14 against Australia. Faceoff is set for 7:30 a.m., on ESPNU.
JT Giles-Harris opens his tournament with Puerto Rico tomorrow, July 13, against Wales at 11:45 a.m. (ET).