Wigrizer Helps No. 8 Blue Devils Eke out Victory over Brown

DURHAM, N.C. Duke junior goalkeeper Dan Wigrizer posted 10 saves, including four in the final period, to help the eighth-ranked Blue Devils to a 9-8 victory over visiting Brown in action on Tuesday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.

Winners of five straight games, the Blue Devils improve to 8-3 after receiving their nine goals from nine individuals. Brown falls to 3-4 on the year.

"I thought we played hard," head coach John Danowski said. "I thought that man-down was much improved and did a really great job at the end. And the play of two freshmen Will Haus and Kyle Keenan scoring big goals there at the end to give us that lead. We're happy with the play of our freshmen, man-down and our faceoff people."

Duke held a 7-5 lead after three periods, and extended the margin to 9-5 with goals by Haus and Keenan and the 9:55 and 8:03 marks, respectively. The Bears, who outshot Duke by a 15-4 in the fourth quarter, rallied with three consecutive markers including Nick Piroli's goal with 29 seconds on the clock to pull within one. Brown retained possession of the ball following a post-goal penalty assessed against Duke, with Wigrizer saving the potential equalizer with 10 seconds before junior midfielder CJ Costabile intercepted a pass as time expired.

"The fourth quarter has not been a strength of ours the last several games so we really wanted to be aggressive in the fourth quarter, whether it was offense, defense, between the lines, we wanted to be aggressive," head coach John Danowski said. "We got a little bit of a jumpstart with a couple of early goals, but then again we're disappointed that we lost the fourth quarter. While we got that lead we also almost gave it away."

Junior midfielder Jake Tripucka paced Duke in scoring with one goal and two assists while sophomore attackman Jordan Wolf added one goal and one helper. Three Bears Piroli, Sam Hurster and Dan O'Brien netted three goals apiece.

The Blue Devils fared favorably at the face-off X, with Costabile winning seven of nine draws and sophomore midfielder Brendan Fowler carding six of 10 wins. Costabile recorded a game-high seven ground balls.

In the Brown goal, Will Round was credited with eight saves.

Duke will participate in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., facing Syracuse at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.

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Durham, NC - Brown's furious fourth quarter rally came up a goal short after a barrage of shots in the game's final seconds as the Bears dropped a 9-8 decision to eighth-ranked Duke Tuesday afternoon at Koskinen Stedium. The Bears, now 3-4 on the season, outshot the Blue Devils (8-3) by a 15-4 margin in the fourth quarter, and 37-29 overall.

Duke seemingly put the game out of reach by scoring the first two goals of the fourth quarter to grab a 9-5 lead with 8:03 remaining in the game.

The relentless Bears made a frantic comeback bid on consecutive goals by senior Dan O'Brien (7:22), senior Parker Brown (6:17), and freshman Nick Piroli with 29 seconds remaining to trail, 9-8.

The Bears peppered the Duke goal in the final 29 seconds, getting off several shots to tie the game, but were unable to find the back of the next.

Piroli and sophomore Sam Hurster led the Bears attack with two goals and an assist. O'Brian also netted two goals, while sophomore Will Round made eight saves in net for the Bears.

Duke had nine different players score its nine goals, including Jake Tripucka, who had a goal and two assists. Dan Wigrizer made 10 saves for the Blue Devils, including four in the fourth quarter.

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2012-03-27



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