Duke stuns Ohio State 21-10, advances to semi-final

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Michael Manley

A happy crowd of Penn Yan lacrosse faithfuls traveled to Cornell University Sunday, May 18 to watch former Mustang Michael Manley and the Duke Blue Devils win a place in the NCAA final four action this weekend.

Senior attackman Zack Greer registered a career-high 11 points on six goals and five assists to lead top-ranked and top-seeded Duke to a 21-10 victory over 12th-ranked Ohio State in NCAA Quarterfinal action on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Ithaca.

The win pits Duke against Johns Hopkins on Saturday, May 24 in a semi-final game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

Johns Hopkins, who defeated Navy 10-4 to advance to the semi-final round, fell to Duke in a 17-6 route during the regular season.

The winner of the Saturday game will face off against the winner of the other semi-final game set for that afternoon, between Syracuse (#3) and Virginia (#2).

Syracuse defeated Notre Dame Sunday 11-9 to advance and Virginia (#2) squeaked by Maryland with an 8-7 win to earn a trip to Foxboro.

Duke has defeated Virginia twice this year — 19 to 9 in a regular season game and 11 to 9 in the ACC Championship finals.

While winning their 10th consecutive game, the Blue Devils establish a new NCAA single-season record with 18 victories against just one defeat. 

The previous standard of 17 wins was held by Duke (2005 & 2007), Hofstra (2006) and Virginia (2006).  Duke will make its fourth overall and third trip in the last four seasons to the national semifinals and will meet Johns Hopkins on Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

The Buckeyes conclude their season at 11-6.

Duke’s 21 goals rank as the fourth-highest total in NCAA Quarterfinal play and stand as the third-best total in playoff action for the Blue Devils. 

In addition, Duke pushed its team season totals to 295 goals, 172 assists and 467 points. 

The point total ranks second on the NCAA single-season list, nine behind the record of 476 set by Cornell in 1976 while the goal total also is second on the NCAA chart, five back of the record of 300 established by Yale in 1990.

Duke posted scoring runs of 10 and seven goals during the game and now has 24 scoring spurts of five goals or better on the year. 

The 10-goal run matches Duke’s third-highest spurt in 2008.  Also, the Blue Devils’ current winning streak of 10 games ranks tied for second in school history, one victory shy of the record of 11 set in 2005.

Duke advanced to its second straight national semifinals under head coach John Danowski with Sunday’s 21-10 win over Ohio State.