No. 15 Marquette Falls, 16-1, at No. 13/16 Duke
April 22, 2016
DURHAM, North Carolina - No. 13/16 Duke scored 15 unanswered goals to defeat No. 15 Marquette, 16-1, on Friday evening at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.
"Duke played a really good game tonight," Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. "Their coaches have done a great job making that defense shine athletically. They've improved tremendously and they handled us tonight all over the field. The score was deserving of the way those guys played and the way we didn't play."
Junior attackman Kyran Clarke scored the lone goal for Marquette (9-3) midway through the first quarter and the Golden Eagles were held scoreless over the final 51:24 of regulation.
Junior Jack Bruckner scored a game-high four goals for the Blue Devils (9-6), while sophomore Justin Guterding had a hat trick and three assists. Senior Myles Jones also added a pair of goals and an assist for Duke.
Duke scored eight consecutive goals to close out the first half of play after Clarke's goal with 8:36 left in the first quarter tied things, 1-1. The Blue Devils forced six MU turnovers in the opening half and won 7-of-12 faceoffs over the first 30 minutes. The Golden Eagles, who came into the game averaging 12.1 turnovers per game, the 11th lowest mark in the country, turned the ball over nine times in the first half and a total of 16 times overall.
Jones opening the scoring for the Blue Devils with 10:38 left in the opening quarter and assisted a Guterding tally to give Duke the lead for good at the 7:12 mark of the first. That assist made Jones the first midfielder in NCAA history to have at least 100 points and 100 assists in a career. Guterding and Bruckner each posted hat tricks by the half and Bruckner added his fourth of the day with 9:43 remaining in the third.
The goal total is the lowest ever for Marquette, whose previous low was three scored in 2013 against the Blue Devils and March 31 of last season at Bellarmine. The 15-goal differential is also the biggest in program history.
In their four meetings against Duke, the Golden Eagles has been outscored by an average of 12.25 goals per contest (70-21).
"It's one game," Amplo said. "It's two hours of time and it's not going to tell the story of our season. What's going to tell the story of our season is how this group of young men responds to tonight. We have a lot to play for. We're right in the thick of things and we go to Denver with a chance to compete for a BIG EAST championship. And that's what we've got to hang our hat on."
The Golden Eagles have one final regular season game remaining on Saturday, April 30 at No. 2 Denver. The game will be played for the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST Conference Tournament and be shown live of CBS Sports Network at 2 p.m. Central time.
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