Wolf Pack: Freshman Spearheads Duke's Second-Half Comeback
from press release
Duke's Tom Montelli executes a trail check on Georgetown's Max Seligmann during the fourth-ranked Blue Devils' 14-12 victory Saturday.
© Peyton Williams
DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke University men's lacrosse team outscored visiting Georgetown 9-3 in the second half to post a 14-12 come-from-behind victory over the Hoyas in men's lacrosse action this afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
Freshman attackman Jordan Wolf led the No. 4 Blue Devils with a career-high seven points from four goals and three assists.
"We talked about [how we haven't played well in the second half]
last night in our team meeting," head coach John Danowski said. "We
haven't been a good fourth-quarter team. We've been outscored this
year. Then when it got to the fourth quarter today we said, 'You
want to be a better fourth-quarter team, here's your opportunity.
Duke (7-2) pushed its wins streak to six games and remains unbeaten at home this season.
Three different Blue Devils notched at least three goals as
freshman Christian Walsh and sophomore Josh Offit both chipped in
three goals to go with Wolf's four tallies. Hoya sophomore Davey
Emala led Georgetown overall with four goals, including three in
the first half, and an assist for the game.
Trailing by as many as five in the first half, Duke took its first lead of the game at the 7:40 mark of the fourth quarter with a goal from senior Zach Howell. The Blue Devils held Georgetown (3-4) scoreless for 22:49 over the course of the third and fourth quarters as they mounted the comeback. Duke scored five consecutive during the Hoyas' scoreless stretch.
Georgetown dominated the scoreboard throughout the opening 30 minutes. After Duke tied the game with a goal from Howell at 9:42 of the first quarter, the Hoyas posted five unanswered from five different players in a span of 6:49 to go in front 6-1. The Blue Devils made it 6-2 at the end of the opening stanza with a score from Walsh.
Junior CJ Costabile pulled Duke within three to start the second quarter, but Georgetown responded with a pair to make it 8-3 with 8:19 remaining in the second frame. Duke's Offit and Walsh both netted a goal to make it a three-goal game again with just over three minutes until halftime.
"Give Georgetown the credit of attacking us when they cleared
the ball," Danowski said. "They got early offense and went to the
goal right away. They made plays and you have to give them credit
Getting the ball back with under a minute to play, the Hoyas executed well out of the timeout and Max Seligmann notched his first of the game to give Georgetown a 9-5 advantage at the break.
Duke led the way in shots (22-17) and ground balls (18-17) in the first half, but managed to fire just 10 of those shots on frame.
Duke's David Lawson celebrates his lone goal, which put the Blue Devils ahead 13-10 with 1:58 remaining.
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"I was strangely confident [at halftime]," Danowski said. "I thought that in the first half our attackmen did a poor job of exchanging the ball so we turned the ball over a lot on the offensive end and I thought we could get better at that in the second half. I thought that we could settle in and play six-on-six defense and just play them six-on-six and I thought that eventually we were going to hit the cage.
"I just felt strangely confident that if we kept playing we
could get back in the game."
Duke, looking for its first win after trailing at halftime this season, came out strong to start the third stanza. Walsh registered his third goal of the game 1:52 into the quarter off an assist from Wolf to make it 9-6. Offit made it a 9-7 score just over a minute later and Wolf rounded out the three-goal run at the 10:53 mark to make it a one-goal affair at 9-8.
After Georgetown edged back ahead by two with a goal from Gerry
Reilly, Duke clamped down on defense. Wolf dropped in an unassisted
score with 1:50 left in the third quarter to make it 10-9 and the
Blue Devils added four unanswered in the final session to pull
away. Four different Blue Devils scored during the five-goal run
that gave Duke the lead and ultimately the two goal win.
Trailing 13-11, Georgetown's Ricky Mirabito scored with 43 ticks left in the game to make it a one-goal game. However a win by Costabile at the ensuing faceoff gave Duke the possession and allowed Wolf to drop in an empty-net score to clinch the victory.
Freshman Brendan Fowler took the majority of faceoffs, going 12-of-21 at the X. His 12 wins and 21 restarts were a career high.
Senior Tom Montelli registered three caused turnovers and picked
up two ground balls, while Costabile had a team-high eight ground
balls for the game. Costabile also was 4-of-8 on faceoffs.
Duke held a 43-38 advantage in shots, while both teams finished with 39 ground balls apiece. Duke won 16-of-30 faceoffs, including 5-of-6 in the third quarter.
Neither team was able to manage a man-up goal as Duke went 0-6
and Georgetown went 0-3.
In goal, Duke sophomore Dan Wigrizer made 11 stops for his fifth game of the season with double-digit saves. Jack Davis had eight saves for the Hoyas.
Duke will get a short break before hosting Ivy League foe Brown on Tuesday, March 29 at 3 p.m.