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.
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.