Duke vs Air Force
Duke came out for their season opener, at the Pioneer Classic, looking like
they were prepared to immediately set the stage for what was to become of the
next two hours by scoring their first of 13 goals in the first 2 minutes. It
looked like a good start for Duke's season opener, but after a couple minutes
of some sloppy play, Air Force's Greg Dangler was able to penetrate Duke's defense
with a pass thru the middle to Kyle Warf who then ripped one from about 12 yards out.
Duke was finally able to regain possession (and control) of the game, but after
being called for their second personal foul, a trip by Duke's John Wendling, Air Force
was then able to capitalize on the EMO and scored their second goal of the game. Duke followed up with two more shots and the first quarter came to an end when Air Force's Dave Brown scored off the rebound from Eric Lederer's shot on goal.
Duke again came out strong in the second quarter, scoring with a beautiful line drive shot right off of the original face-off, only 9 seconds in and then again after only one team possession change. Air Force was completely shut out the entire second quarter.
The second half proved to be a different story when, as expected, the Blue
Devils came out ready to go and scored the first goal of the half, 3 minutes
in, but this time, Air Force came back by scoring two goals in the third
quarter and then three consecutive goals in the fourth, making it look like we
might have a game on our hands. It appeared though that it was just too
little, too late, and in the end, Duke won it, 13-8.
According to Duke goalie AJ Kincel, "AF played well today, so we're glad for the
victory", and even more importantly, said sophomore attacker Matt Monfett, "We're excited for another win
tomorrow; it'll be nice starting off the season 2-0".
Manhattan vs Denver
There were no big surprises in the University of Denver vs. Manhattan game at
the Denver Pioneer classic on Saturday. Probably the biggest surprise was the
change in weather in the hour before the start of their game. DU's trounce of
Manhattan in their only previous meeting mirrored Saturdays match up, when DU
beat Manhattan, 14-5.
Matt Brown was on fire, leading off the DU romp with his first of four goals
within the first five minutes with a shot from five yards out. When Manhattan's goalie made the mistake of coming out too far, Erik Swanson from DU was
able to gain possession and score on that opportunity, and then three minutes
later, Swanson notched the assist for Geoff Snider's clear open, 10 yard bullet.
It wasn't until the final seven seconds of quarter one that Manhattan was able to get on the board, from a goal picked up by sending a save on DU's Mike Kenlay the other way.
Manhattan came out for quarter two with momentum from their late, first quarter goal and scored when Justin Otto looped around from behind the goal, to nail a winning
shot from the crease. The remainder of quarter two was much of the same, with
DU having no problem establishing control and finishing on it.
In addition to the impressive face off win, charge on goal score by Scott Davidson, DU
racked up a couple more goals and once again, Manhattan got a taste of another
goal, right at the end of quarter two. Essentially, the game's outcome was determined during the first half, and for the remainder of the game DU was either clearly maintaining or easily regaining possession. After a goalie change for both teams and the addition of a crop of players off the bench, both teams were able to score some more points, but DU remained in control throughout and in a completely mild fashion won it 14-5.
Duke vs Denver
Duke beat Denver 11-8 in the final game of the Third Annual Pioneer
Face-Off Classic played at Pioneer Field in Denver Sunday. Duke's win sets
them at 2-0 to start the season, while Denver falls to 2-1.
Duke dominated Denver in the first quarter as senior Kevin Cassese started
the scoring 1:36 into the game. The Blue Devils didn't let up, scoring on
their first four shots and finishing the period with 6 goals on 9 shots.
Denver's only goal of the first quarter came on a man-up situation with
Cassese of Duke justified his award of the event's MVP by collecting his
shot off the post and finding the back of the net to start the scoring in
second quarter. Cassese finished the two game event with 6 goals and 3
assists. The speed of the game slowed dramatically in the second, with 11
minutes passing before Denver's Andrew Huelskoetter scored to break the
offensive struggle with 3:20 left. Denver scored on a man-up possession and
again 8 seconds later as sophomore Scott Davidson won the face off and
sprinted in unchallenged, closing the first half scoring with Duke leading
Duke started the third quarter when Cassese fed Dan Flannery 11 seconds in
for his only goal of the game. Darren Sasaki-Scanlon and Scott Davidson
attempted to rally by scoring the next two goals for Denver, but Duke's
Matt Rewkowski scored 2 of his 3 goals to close out the third.
Denver Pioneer Adam Goodwin scored first in the final period after
collecting a field-long pass from Mike Kenlay during a man-up possession, but Cassese scored Duke's only goal of the quarter one minute later. Denver scored
once more to make the final score of 11-8 in favor of Duke. Defense was the key in this game, as Duke shutdown Denver's best offensive
player, Matt Brown, keeping him from being effective as he recorded 0 goals
and 1 assist. Duke's fast start proved too much for Denver to overcome as
Duke's defense punished anyone who stepped in front of the goal. Goalie AJ
Kincel of Duke also played very strong, frustrating Denver's offense with
Duke assistant coach Dave Klarmann commented on the Blue Devils quick start saying, "We
wanted to come out fast because we know Denver wasn't going to go away.
(Denver) is a good club and it was a battle for 60 minutes."
Duke's next game is against the fifth-ranked Maryland Terrapins next
Saturday, while Denver travels to West Point, NY to face Army.