Duke Hammers Navy 14-5

Duke Hammers Navy 14-5

Duke Hammers Navy 14-5

Duke Hammers Navy 14-5

DURHAM, N.C.—Duke University scored the first 10 goals of the game and cruised to a 14-5 victory over Navy in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament tonight at Koskinen Stadium. The third-seeded Blue Devils held the Midshipmen scoreless for the opening 31:33 and outscored them 13-1 in the first three quarters.

Duke (14-3) improves to 15-12 overall in NCAA Tournament play and advances to the quarterfinal round for the third consecutive season and 10th time overall. The Blue Devils will take on ACC rival North Carolina for the third time this season in Annapolis, Md. on May 17 at 2 p.m.

“I’m at a loss for words,” head coach John Danowski said. “Nobody expects to go up 10-0 in the first round of playoffs, especially against Navy. I’m not so surprised at the 10, but certainly surprised by the zero. You just have to keep playing. We certainly knew that the Navy kids were not going to quit and they played a great second half and actually won the second half. So you have to tip your cap to the Midshipmen.”

Sophomore Zach Howell led the balanced Duke attack with two goals and a career-best three assists, tying his career-high of five points. Max Quinzani added a pair of tallies and a helper, while senior Ned Crotty finished with one goal and two assists.

Seniors Brad Ross and Mike Catalino and freshman Rob Rotanz all had two goals apiece. Ten different Blue Devils got in the scoring column, including Kevin Young registering his first career point.

Navy got the better of Duke at the faceoff X in the first quarter, but the Blue Devil defense stepped up to stifle the Midshipmen attack. After putting together a couple long early possessions of its own, Duke finally got on the board at the 10:25 mark when Ross flew his shot past Navy goalie Tommy Phelan. The goal gave Ross his 100th career point, the third Blue Devil to reach that milestone this season.

Fueled by the effort of the defense and senior goalie Rob Schroeder, the Blue Devil offense picked up steam in the final 6:57 of the opening session. Duke tallied five goals in 6:14 for a 6-0 lead after 15 minutes of action. Rotanz opened the run at 6:57 with an unassisted tally, while Ross got on the board for a second time just 17 seconds later to make it 3-0. The Blue Devils tacked on three more in 1:32 for the 5-0 advantage.

“We didn’t really know what to expect not ever having played Navy,” junior Parker McKee said. “We knew that they were going to hold the ball and pace the game very well so we tried to be as disciplined and fundamental as we could and not let them lull us to sleep.”

The second quarter proved to be much of the same for the Blue Devils, allowing Navy just three shots overall in 15 minutes of action. Meanwhile, Duke continued to do all the right things all over the field.

Howell needed just eight seconds into the quarter to register his first goal of the game. Howell and Quinzani hooked up four minutes later for the 8-0 lead. Senior Sam Payton finished out the 10-0 first-half run with 1:42 left on the clock, taking a feed from Howell and rifling it over the right shoulder of Phelan.

“I definitely didn’t expect that first half,” Crotty said. “They’re a disciplined team, they’re a fast team, and they’re athletic. But it was really our defense. Our defense played great, Rob [Schroeder] played awesome and when you have that kind of momentum coming from the defensive end offensively you have the confidence. We moved the ball well and got our shots.”

Looking to break the scoring drought, the Midshipmen got on the board for the first time all evening 1:33 into the third quarter with a Joe Lennon goal. That tally would be all they could muster in the stanza as Duke answered with a three-goal run, which was capped off by a perfect sequence of passes to set up a Quinzani goal for the 13-1 lead.

The Midshipmen outscored Duke 4-1 in the final frame, getting goals from four different players in 8:14, but the early hole was too much to overcome in the end. Basil Daratsos led Navy in the game with a goal and an assist.

Duke outshot Navy 36-26 for the game, including 24-12 in the first half. After struggling in the opening half on restarts, the Blue Devils came back to win 12-of-23 overall. Duke dominated the ground ball game, picking up 51 to Navy’s 33.

McKee led all players in the game, scooping up a career-high 14 ground balls. At the X, Payton went 6-of-12 and had six ground balls. Rookie CJ Costabile went 5-of-8 in draws.

Schroeder turned in another solid performance between the pipes with eight saves. Sean Brady made two stops in seven minutes of action for Duke. Navy’s Phelan finished with five saves overall.

The five goals allowed are tied for the fewest for Duke this season. Conversely, Duke registered its 13th double figure scoring performance. The Blue Devils are 13-0 when scoring at least 10 goals.

Duke and North Carolina will meet for the third time this season. The two squads last met in the NCAA Tournament in the same location in 2007.

“It’s awesome,” Crotty said. “The Duke-UNC rivalry is something that has been great, especially since I’ve been here and it’s gotten even better this year. They’re playing their best lacrosse now, so we’re really excited to play them again. You want to play the best teams.”

-- Notes: Senior Brad Ross became the 37th player in Duke history to reach 100 career points ... Ross finished the game with two goals to push his career totals to 75 and 26 for 101 points ... He is the third Blue Devil to reach the 100-point landmark this season.

Junior Max Quinzani pushed his scoring streak to 43 games with three points ... Quinzani has 119 goals and 28 assists during that stretch ...

Duke is now 15-12 all-time in NCAA Tournament play and have won nine of the past 12 contests ... The Blue Devils have won their past four NCAA Tournament home games (2005, 07, 08, 09), outscoring their opponent 67-19 in those four outings.

The Blue Devils held a team scoreless in the opening half for the first time this season ... The five goals allowed is the fourth fewest in Duke NCAA Tournament history.

Duke is now 31-3 at home over the past three seasons, including 9-2 in 2009 ... The Blue Devils have outscored their opponents 121-82 this season at home.

Photos: Mark Abbott

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If Duke Keeps Playing Like This........
    by (#136419) on 5/10/09 @12:37PM
And especially, if they keep getting better, the NCAA Tournament could be their's to lose.
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Yeah That's Right.....
    by (#219440) on 5/10/09 @8:00PM
I said if Duke keeps this up the tournament is their's to lose. To Lose. Which confirms the fact that I am a complete idiot who has nothing better to do but sit on the Lax.com forums and post with complete moronic comments.

If I really had any life I would get the point that people are tired of what I have to say on here and I would therefore keep my comments to myself. Anyone else agree???

My prediction, you guys don't agree, and I continue to post.
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    by (#103345) on 5/10/09 @8:03PM
i like hearing your input Naptown.
I would love to see a duke syracuse game, when was the last time they played?
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Thanks JHULAXFAN44....
    by (#219440) on 5/10/09 @8:14PM
Quick question do you find Pietramala as attractive of a coach as I do???

My prediction, you do and that is why we both give good blue jays!

As for the last time they played, I can't think of it off the top of my head but let me spend a couple of hours researching it (since I have nothing better to do) and then I will post it a couple of hundred times so everyone gets the point.

Ok, Ok??
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    by (#72283) on 5/10/09 @10:21PM
Got a great laugh out of this, but I also enjoy the real naptown's input. Keep it up Nap.

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I Know That Duke & SU Played In The 1994 Quarters
    by (#136419) on 5/11/09 @2:19PM
And, that was Mike Pressler's fourth season, so it was the first season where almost the whole team was his. Syracuse was loaded with players like Dom Fin, Charlie Lockwood, Roy Colsey, and Ric Beardsley. Nevertheless, Duke took them to OT, where SU won.

I don't know if they have played since then, though.
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And Mr. Fake Naptown...
    by (#219440) on 5/11/09 @2:28PM
It only took me 18 hours to find out this crucial piece of information.

You see life is all about priorities not matter how long it takes you. Or in my case if you have a very meaningless life.

Now will the real Naptown please stand up. Thanks boys.
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youre pretty lame man
    by (#196444) on 5/11/09 @1:47AM
hey Naptown Fan. why dont you stop imitating the REAL Naptown Fan youre not fooling anyone with that silly PERIOD at the end of your name. just because you dont like what Naptown Fan has to say doesnt mean you can just go make him look like an idiot by imitating him and making homoerotic comments. get a life man
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Duke Power
    by (#220647) on 5/10/09 @8:41PM
If Duke can keep playing like they are, there is no doubt that they will win the national championship because there is no team that gives them a threat anymore. After beating Virginia twice by significant margins, it has really brought potential for this Duke Blue Devil Team.
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I Would Totally Agree...
    by (#219440) on 5/10/09 @8:53PM
Everyone likes a nice hot Duke, anyone else enjoy a nice hot Duke???

My prediction, you Duke!
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To NaptownTool......
    by (#78222) on 5/11/09 @9:12AM
I think I can speak for others with three simple words.....go kill yourself.
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Oh No!!!
    by (#219440) on 5/11/09 @11:58AM
Cappy isn't happy. I wouldn't be either if my Midshipman played as terribly as they did.

My prediction, your favorite part of lacrosse is the boxout drill without ever really going for the ball.
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As I Usually Say Guys...
    by (#219440) on 5/11/09 @9:30AM
Well, If You Hate My Comments That Much, Ignore!

You don't have to read a word of them.

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This Is Going To Make For A Huge Quarter....
    by (#219440) on 5/11/09 @9:34AM
Final game. Well, the two teams have always been somewhat rivals in lacrosse. However, for the last several years, Duke has had a huge upper-hand and has won several of the games in a big way.

With John Danowski at Duke and Joe Breschi at UNC, I say that both programs are going to be powerhouses for quite some time, the series will be very close in-terms of wins each team has, and there will be many close-game battles like these.

Both teams will make for a great NCAA Tournament Quarter Final Game and could meet again in future years. I would say probably in the Acc's.
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Duke is peaking at the right time
    by (#156889) on 5/11/09 @6:05PM
I think Duke has what it takes to finally win a championship this year. They've proved Virginia is a non issue for them, and I think if they play well enough they could beat Syracuse too. Syracuse and Hopkins(Hopkins seems to have a tradition of taking out Duke in May) are the only two teams that Duke could have issues with down the road in my opinion.
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You Are So Right About Duke Peaking!
    by (#136419) on 5/11/09 @8:04PM
Duke lost to both Maryland and Harvard early in the season. And some people were questioning whether or not Danowski, who is in his first season where a lot of the team is his, could keep Pressler's ship afloat. But I think that Danowski has really quieted the doubters as the season has gone on. The fact that Duke is getting better and better every week is the sign of very good coaching.

If Duke can play like this and keep getting better, I really think this will be their year. And not only is Danowski doing a great job with coaching, but he is also being an excellent role model for the players, unlike other present and past coaches.
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Most recent Duke vs Cuse game
    by (#215474) on 5/12/09 @8:48AM
The most recent game between Cuse and Duke was in the 02' quarters. Cuse won 10-9. Mikey Powell had 4 assists in that game.
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You Are Right About That '02 Meeting
    by (#136419) on 5/12/09 @12:28PM
And, Syracuse ended up winning it all. Their final three games were one-goal victories:

Quarterfinals-over Duke

Semifinals-over UVA in 2OT

Title Game-over Princeton
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