Eight is great for Blue Devils

May. 18, 2014 @ 05:26 PM

 Jordan Wolf scored five goals, and top-seeded Duke defeated Johns Hopkins 19-11 on Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

The defending national champion Blue Devils (15-3) will face fifth-seeded Denver at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Saturday. Denver beat Drexel 15-6 on Sunday.

Duke made the Final Four for the eighth year in a row.

"There's no guarantees and I couldn't be happier for these guys to be going back," said Wolf, a senior.

Josh Dionne scored four goals for Duke, all in the first half. Dionne left the game in the final minute of the second quarter with a leg injury and did not return.

"I couldn't be better," Dionne said. "I mean, we're going to the Final Four. I just look at it as I sacrificed my body for these guys and I know they'd all do the same."

Myles Jones and Case Matheis scored three goals each for the Blue Devils. Jones had four assists.

“This game in preparation scared the heck out of us,” Duke coach John Danowski said. “We knew it was going to be a 60-minute battle. With that being said I couldn’t be more proud of the group of athletes representing Duke.”

The Blue Devils opened the game with six unanswered goals. The Blue Jays didn't score until there was 4:19 left in first quarter and never drew closer than 12-10 early in the third.

Wolf put a stop to that attempted comeback with back-to-back goals.

“We first came out and played well,” Danowski said. “We knew they were going to make a run. The guys withstood the run and played with tremendous poise and maturity at the end, which isn’t something we haven’t always had this season.”

Holden Cattoni and Rob Guida had three goals apiece to lead Johns Hopkins (11-5). The Blue Jays were back in the quarterfinals after missing last year's tournament for the first time in 41 years.

"This was a great group to work with, and I don't think this afternoon is indicative of this group," Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said. "I certainly think this is a process, and this was a step in the process that we needed to take, to get back to this game. Next year we hope to get back to this game and win it to get to the next step, and we will do that. We will continue to work hard to do that."

Brendan Fowler won 17-of-33 faceoffs for Duke and picked up 13 ground balls. Will Haus helped anchor the defense game with an assist and three ground balls. Chris Hipps and Casey Carroll both picked up three ground balls apiece as Duke held the Blue Jays to just three goals in the second half.

In goal for Duke, Luke Aaron made three saves in 35 minutes of action and Kyle Turri had one stop in the final 24 minutes of relief.