(Cambridge, MA) The No. 7 Blue Devils used an arsenal of weaponry to wreak havoc on No. 14 Crimson. Duke lit up Harvard Stadium putting on a Friday laser light show for the 13,285 in attendance. The Blue Devils opened with a nine-goal run led by Duxbury native Max Quinzani (five goals).
Duke avenged the 2009 loss to Harvard (9-6). The Blue Devils dictated the tempo from the first whistle, controlling every statistical category from shots to face-offs. The Blue Devils out shot Harvard 49-32 and gave Crimson goalie Harry Krieger an early taste of outside sniping. It wasn’t long before Duke achieved a rhythm and flow, breaking the defense with ball speed, space, and footwork. The Blue Devils continued to gain momentum, while Harvard struggled with possession from the clear to stick handling. Costly Crimson turnovers were converted into fast break goals. Harvard finally scored 18 minutes into regulation, which elicited cheers from nearly everyone, including some of the Duke fans.
Duke won the first ball at the face-off X, scoring on the second shot off possession in the first minute of regulation. Zach Powell hit the righty overhand stick side (1-0). Steve Schoeffel and Sam Payton added two more goals only ten seconds apart to give the Blue Devils a 3-0 edge. Senior Max Quinzani waited until the fourth goal to make his homecoming official, scoring on a lefty side arm low while falling to the ground off a dish from Sam Payton (4-0). Duke started connecting on attack, converting on five more assisted goals: Jonathan Livadas from Will McKee, Zach Howell from Justin Turri, Levidas from Crotty, and Quinzani from Howell. Quinzani sounded off yet again at :40 finishing with a righty over hand off stick high (8-0).
Duke started the second period with confidence, running plays like practice drills. Quinzani cashed in on an EMO goal from a dish from Howell (9-0). Harvard finally possessed the ball and was able to move it around their offensive end. Peter Schwartz caught the defense sleeping ripping a righty crank bouncer from topside (1-9). Harvard scored again off an ISO from Dean Gibbons (2-9). Duke’s Ned Crotty burned his d-man off a roll dodge and finished off stick upper 90 (10-2). On the next possession, Crotty had to run off the field with a broken stick. Quinzani went on to score off a pass from Howell (11-2). McKee ripped a shot off stick high off a back pass fro Livadas (12-2). Harvard was able to convert on a back door cut off a pass from Jeff Cohen to Travis Burr (3-13).
Harvard’s prospects looked grim, and the charge of a comeback seemed insurmountable. Although the low scoring output of the third implied a tighter contest, the Blue Devils continued their campaign. Zach Howell scored on EMO off a stickside goal off an assist from playmaker Ned Crotty. Crotty found open inside. Quinzani, despite his relatively modest stature, managed to shoot over his defender off stick high (14-3). There was a lapse of sloppy-play and dropped passes on both sides. Harvard was able to capitalize on the scrappy melee and rallied for the last goal of the period. Dean Gibbons drew the slide and dumped the ball to teammate Jeff Cohen (14-4).
Harvard scored the only goal of the last quarter. Dean Gibbons faked lefty and rolled outside skimming opposite pipe at 14:04. Both teams continued to trade possession for the remainder of the game. Duke went on to clinch the victory 14-5. The Blue Devils (8-3) will host Jacksonville April 4th, while Harvard will travel to Cornell next Saturday and face off against Big Red at 15:00.