Blue Devils Storm to 8-0

Blue Devils storm to 8-0. The Top-ranked Duke Blue Devils (8-0) made a trip to sunny and warm, Florida to take on the Jacksonville Dolphins (3-3). Two Duke players with Philadelphia ties were instrumental in the 17-6 Duke victory. A dominating performance that witnessed 11 different Blue Devils making the stat sheet.

Brennan O’Neill (5G) kicked things off with a natural hat trick with an unassisted marker at 11:24, converting a Mike Sowers pass at 8:16 and at 6:26 cashing in a Dyson Williams feed. At the 5:32 mark, Tucker Garrity (1g) got the Dolphins on the board at 3-1. Aidan Danenza (1g,1a) and Joe Robertson (2g,3a) ended the one-sided first quarter with Duke in control, 5-1.

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2:15 into the second quarter, Jeremy Winston (1g) converted a Jack Dolan (2a) pass to draw it to 5-2. After that, Duke took total charge and scored the next six fueled by, Robertson aiding a Sowers (1g,6a) tally, 1:21 later, Robertson hit net, Sean Lowrie (2g) added his two, Sowers setting up JP Basile (1g,2)on a Sowers fueled man up goal. With :06 to play. Terry Lindsay ended the half at 11-2.

The deluge picked right back up in the third. O’Neill, Dyson Williams (2g,1a), Cameron Mule (1g), O’Neill, and Williams again put the run to 11 and the score, 16-2. Curtis Goddard (2g) mercifully closed the third, 16-3. Duke was content to enjoy some Florida sun and Goddard made it 16-4 with Basile assisting on a Reilly Walsh (1g marker that closed the Duke end of the goals.

The Dolphins closed it out with Sam Chase (1g) with :15 left and Matt Stagnitta (1g) with :07 to play. Facts: Sowers now needs 54 points for 400. With just 6 games left, it’s a long shot. Former St. Joseph’s goalie, Mike Adler played 30:00 allowing 2 goals and making 2 saves.

Duke employed three goalies in this one with Turner Uppgren playing 19:32 allowing 1 goal and Andrew Bonafede surrendering 3 goals with 3 saves in 10:23. For the Dolphins, Jason Yoquinto made 16 saves and surrendered all 17 goals in 55:04 with Adam Baker making 2 saves in his 4:56. Shots were in favor of Duke, 48-23 with one goal being 35-11. Ground Balls went the way of Duke, 38-25.

The 8-0 start is the best for the Devils since they did the same in 2008. The best start was in 2005 when they started 11-0. Despite the goal deluge, Duke actually went scoreless for 11:18 at one point. Blue Devils storm to 8-0 after the most recent victory.

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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