Turri, Wigrizer Lead No. 3 Duke Past Syracuse in First Round

"I have to give Ron Caputo a ton of credit who works with our faceoff guys," Danowski said. "They've been working hard all year, Greg [DeLuca] and Brendan [Fowler]. They just happened to get their shot today. I think originally the plan was we could bring CJ in kind of like a sixth man kind of thing. But because Brendan and Greg were doing so well it wasn't necessary today."

Now with 22 career points (13g & 9a) in NCAA Tournament play, Turri moves into seventh place on Duke's all-time chart past Brad Ross, who had 21 points (17g & 4a). Turri also moves into fifth place on Duke's all-time post-season assists list and into a tied for ninth place on the school's career NCAA chart for goals.

With one more assist this year, Turri will become just the fourth player in Duke history to reach double figures in both goals and assists in NCAA action, joining Matt Danowski (25g & 32a), Zack Greer (35g & 17a) and Ned Crotty (17g & 31a).

Rotanz and Walsh finished with three goals each while Wolf had one goal and two helpers. The Blue Devils scored on 12 of 34 (.353) shots, marking their fourth-best percentage effort of the year and top mark since a 13 of 33 (.394) showing at Georgetown on March 23.

In goal, Wigrizer logged 12 saves against eight goals allowed for his 10th win of the year. The 12-save effort marked Wigrizer's second-highest total in NCAA play, trailing only a 14-save performance against Notre Dame in the 2011 quarterfinal round. Michael Manley aided the defensive unit with five ground balls and a game-best three caused turnovers. CJ Costabile posted a game-high eight ground balls for the Blue Devils.

Syracuse was paced by Tommy Palasek's one-goal, two-assist performance. Drew and Loy each scored twice while goalkeeper Bobby Wardwell was credited with 10 saves.

Duke is now 23-14 (.622) all-time in NCAA Tournament action and next week will look to advance to the program's sixth straight national semifinal. Under Danowski, the Blue Devils are 14-4 (.778) in post-season play.

"We talk a lot about playing for one more week," Turri said. "As a fifth-year senior this could be my last week of playing Duke lacrosse. So just to come out every day in practice and put on the pads, come out one more time next weekend in Philly, that's just what's driving me and the seniors. Hanging out with the guys for one more week and not looking past the day. Whether it's practice, a meeting a team meal and cherishing every moment we have with these guys. Because who knows we may never be as one group again so I'm not looking past anything."

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DURHAM, N.C. – After No. 16 Syracuse erased a four-goal deficit to tie the score at five early in the second half, No. 3 Duke (14-4) answered with five of the game's next six goals and went on to defeat the Orange in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, 12-9, Saturday, May 12 at Koskinen Stadium.

The Orange, which received two goals apiece from senior Kevin Drew (Katonah, N.Y.) and sophomore Scott Loy (Toledo, Ohio), finishes the season with a 9-8 overall record.

Dukes generated the majority of its offense on the strength of a 17 of 24 (.708) performance at the faceoff X. Brendan Fowler led the way, winning 12 of his 17 draws. The extra possessions allowed Justin Turri (3g, 2a), Robert Rotanz (3g) and Christian Walsh (3g) to record hat tricks for the Blue Devils, and combine for 11 points in the game.

“I thought their faceoff guys did a terrific job, especially in the second half,” Orange head coach John Desko said after the game. “We were able to come within one at halftime and tie it up early in the third quarter. I see they were 8 of 10 on faceoffs in the third quarter, so we just kept putting a lot of pressure on our defense.”

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