The #17 Delaware Blue Hens (3-1) ventured to Koskinen Stadium in Durham NC. to take on the #7, Duke Blue Devils (5-1).
Duke was in control from whistle to whistle but, couldn’t put away the pesky Blue Hens and battled for a 19-14 win.
Tye Kurtz (4g, 1a) scored off a Nick Jessen (1a) set up to give the visitors a lead with 13:21 to go.
Setting the stage, Duke went on a three goal flurry with long pole, Defensive Player of the Week, Tyler Carpenter (1g) hitting net just :11 seconds after the Kurtz goal.
Dyson Williams (4g, 1a) and Nakeie Montgomery (1g, 1a) made it a 3-1 Duke advantage.
JP Ward (4g) with his 7th, cut it to 3-2.
Williams connected on his 20th accompanied fifty eight seconds later by Brennan O’Neill (2g, 1a) that made it 5-2.
Ward had an answer before Andrew McAdorey (4g, 2a) and, O’Neill notching his 17th, closed the quarter with Duke in front, 7-3.
Williams set up McAdorey for his 5th of the campaign.
Mark Bieda (2g, 2a) made it 8-4.
The Devils went back to work with Williams scoring :50 later to put the Duke lead back to five.
Delaware kept battling with Mike Robinson (2g) potting an unassisted marker.
Ward on the advantage followed with a second man up from Kurtz closed the half with a 9-7 Duke edge.
O’Neill and Williams teamed up for the 22nd for Williams.
Kurtz countered but, a guy with a Philadelphia connection, Sean Lulley, a grad student who played at Penn,started his big half (5g, 2a).
Cameron Mule (1g) joined the Duke goal party to get it to 12-8.
Clay Miller (1g) stopped the surge but, Lully registered his 9th of the season.
Ward cut it a 13-10 affair with McAlorey and Owen Grant (1g, 1a) exchanging net benders.
With :06 on the clock, Kurtz hit for his 4th to end the third with Delaware facing an uphill battle trailing 14-12.
Here We Go
A pair from Lulley and a single from Aidan Daneza (1g, 1a) blew it open.
Delaware was not going away quietly. Bieda cut it to 17-13.
Lulley and Bieda exchanged markers with McAdorey put the exclamation point on the 19-14 final.
● Ground Balls were 36-21 the Duke way.
● Shots favored Duke, 45-38
● Matt Kilkeary stopped 11 shots in the Delaware nets with St.Joe’s transfer, Mike Adler playing 38 minutes with 8 saves and was spelled by Andrew Bonfede and his 3 saves.
● Duke fogo, Jake Naso was outstanding with his 27 of 35 and scooping 16 loose balls.
Notable: The tandem of Sean Lulley (5g,2a) and Andrew McAdorey (4g, 2a) combined for 13 points.
Each set their career high at Duke. Lulley had an 8 point game while at Penn.
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