No. 3 Duke Uses a 13-0 Run and Races by Colgate to Advance

CHESTER, Pa. Duke's Robert Rotanz scored a career-high five goals for the No. 3 Blue Devils, including three as part of a 13-0 run, as Duke cruised to a 17-6 win over No. 9 Colgate in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament. The Blue Devils (15-4) scored 15 of the game's final 17 goals in front of a crowd of 10,770 at PPL Park on Sunday afternoon.

Duke now advances to face Maryland in the semifinals at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Saturday, May 26. It will mark the sixth-straight appearance in the semifinals for the Blue Devils, who took the NCAA title in 2010.

Despite the final tally, it was Colgate (14-4) that controlled most of the first quarter. The Blue Devils took a 2-1 lead on the first goal by Rotanz just over six minutes into the game, but Duke would not score again until the final three minutes of the period.

Colgate's Brandon McGann got a ground shot past Duke goalkeeper Dan Wigrizer with 6:04 left in the first quarter, starting what would become a 3-0 run for the Raiders. Matt Baker scored a man-up goal on an assist from Jeff Ledwick for a 3-2 Colgate lead and Ryan Walsh added an unassisted goal less than a minute later.

The goal by Welsh just past the four-minute mark would be the last for Colgate until midway through the third quarter.

Justin Turri took an assist from Josh Dionne with 2:35 remaining in the first, and the Blue Devils went on to score 12 more goals in a row including six in the second quarter and four straight to start the third.

Rotanz scored his second goal to end the first quarter, and had two more in the second quarter. Dionne and Jake Tripucka had one goal and one assist in the second period, while Turri scored a goal and two assists. Tripucka's goal was followed 10 seconds later by a goal from Josh Offit off an assist from Christian Walsh after the faceoff, and the period was capped by back-to-back goals from Jordan Wolf.

By halftime, the Blue Devils had an 11-4 lead and had held Colgate scoreless for nearly 19 minutes.

The run continued with more four Duke goals in the third quarter as the Blue Devils held Colgate scoreless for a total of 26 minutes and 14 seconds.

David Lawson scored a man-up goal for his second tally of the game to start the third-quarter scoring. Tripucka followed with his second goal, and Walsh scored the final two goals of the 13-0 run, giving Duke a 15-4 lead with 10:55 remaining in the third quarter.

Colgate's Ryan Walsh finally ended his team's drought when he beat a Duke defender one-on-one with just under eight minutes left in the period. Duke's Walsh answered near the five-minute mark, completing a hat trick and putting the Blue Devils up 16-5.

Rotanz achieved his career high for a single game when he scored his fifth goal in the final minutes of the third quarter, putting Duke ahead 17-5.

Colgate's Walsh completed a hat trick and scored the only goal of the fourth quarter in the first minute of play off an assist from Baker.

Wigrizer finished with nine of Duke's 11 saves in the game, showcasing an impressive performance as Duke only out-shot Colgate 41-35. Colgate goalkeeper Conor Murphy made eight of the Raiders' nine saves.

Notes: Duke improves to 15-4 overall, and advances to its eighth national semifinal, including appearances in each of the past six seasons ... Colgate finishes its season 14-4 overall, having advanced to its first-ever national quarterfinal ... Duke's Robert Rotanz set a new career high with five goals, including four in the first 23:05 of the game ... the Blue Devils' seven-goal second quarter was its highest-scoring quarter since tallying nine in the third quarter against Dartmouth as part of a 20-9 win on March 18 ... Duke sophomore Christian Walsh finished with three goals, his fifth hat trick of the season and fourth in the last six contests ... Colgate junior Peter Baum extended his point-scoring streak to 45 games with a goal in the first quarter, a streak which dates back to March 2, 2010 ... Baum finished the season with 97 points (67 goals, 30 assists), setting records for Colgate and the Patriot League in the process ... he will enter his senior season just one goal shy of the school record of 131, held by Bob Woodruff ... Colgate freshman Ryan Walsh finished with three goals, his sixth hat trick of the season and first since March 31 at Army.

2012-05-20



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