Duke Jumps on Harvard for Sixth Straight Win
from press release
Zach Howell had three goals and three assists as Duke scored the first nine goals of the game in a 14-5 rout of Harvard.
© Kevin P. Tucker
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The seventh-ranked Duke Blue Devils raced out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 14-5 win over No. 15 Harvard in non-conference men's lacrosse action this evening at Harvard Stadium. Junior Zach Howell and senior Max Quinzani led the way with a combined 11 points.
Howell finished with three goals and three assists for six points, while Quinzani registered five tallies. The Blue Devils improve to 8-3 overall and push their win streak to six games after starting the year 2-3. Duke has scored 11-plus goals in each of the past four games after scoring double digits in just three prior games. Harvard falls to 5-3 overall on the season.
It was all Blue Devils in the opening five minutes as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead behind five different goal scorers. Howell started the scoring 47 seconds into the match with an unassisted score and Duke followed that with a flurry of three goals in 21 seconds. Senior Steve Schoeffel started the three-goal spurt at the 12:51 mark and seniors Sam Payton and Quinzani added two more 14 seconds apart to make it 4-0.
Duke continued to coast in the first quarter, adding four more before the end of the opening stanza for an 8-0 lead after 15 minutes of action. The Blue Devils held a 21-5 edge in shots in the first period and won eight of the nine faceoffs.
Quinzani started the second quarter with a man-up score before Harvard got on the scoreboard with goals from Peter Schwartz and Dean Gibbons to make it a 9-2 contest. A 3-1 run to finish out the second quarter sent Duke into the locker room with a 12-3 edge after two quarters.
The second half featured just four goals with both squads putting two tallies on the board. Howell and Quinzani both added goals in the third quarter to close out the scoring for the Blue Devils on the evening, while Jeff Cohen and Gibbons put one apiece in the cage to finish out the 14-5 contest.
Gibbons led all Crimson scorers with two goals and an assist, while Cohen had one goal and one assist.
Duke senior Ned Crotty added four points from one goal and three assists, while Jonathan Livadas posted two goals and an assist. Duke received goals from seven different players and six members registered a multiple-point outing.
The Blue Devils held a 49-32 in shots and picked up 32 ground balls to the Crimson's 24. Payton was outstanding in restarts, winning 12-of-16 faceoffs and picking up a game-high eight ground balls. Duke was 2-of-2 on man-up opportunities and held Harvard scoreless on extra-man chances.
In goal, freshman Dan Wigrizer played 56:34 and made 15 stops, while Mike Rock came in for the final 3:26. Harry Krieger went the distance with 17 stops for the Crimson.
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