Photo Credit: Tommy Gilligan Photography
This past Sunday the Duke University Blue Devils overpowered the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, 19-11 in Delaware Stadium, Newark, DE.
Duke led the game in shots 44 to 35. Although Hopkins led in the saves column, 10 to 4, goaltender Eric Schnieder could only do so much for the Blue Jays as he was faced with a flurry of attempts by the Duke offense.
The faceoff category was split, 17 for Hop and 16 for Duke. What really made the difference was the groundball battle, Duke came up with a combined 37 while the Jays only grabbed 19.
Midfielder Myles Jones was the backbone on Duke’s electrifying performance. Myles found the net three times for a hat trick while also tallying four assist for seven total points. At a listed 6’4″ 240 lbs, Jones is a force to be reckoned with. He is built like a DI basketball player but instead he’s breaking ankles on the lacrosse field.
He is a defensive mismatch nightmare not only at the midefield, but across the board. There aren’t too many guys out there who can match up withn Jones’ size and athleticism.
Duke’s all-star attackman, Josh Dionne, was on the nasty end of a legal body check right on the crease. Upon legal contact, Dionne’s knee stayed locked in the turf as he was hit by a sliding Hopkins longpole. Dionne went down and it was apparent he was in great pain, the medical staff was invited on to the field immediately to attend to the suffering Dionne. He left the game immediately, not to return. We hope to have an update on him soon as the Blue Devils prepare for Championship Weekend.
Hopkins’ attack line was held to one goal each, Guida and Cattoni had solid games with three goals a piece, but the Duke defense was much too strong for the Jays’ attack. In the third quarter Cattoni’s back to back goals pulled JHU within two goals (their closest differential of the game) but the Devils scored another two goals to pull away once more.
The #1 Duke Blue Devils face the #4 Denver Pioneers at 1pm est. next Saturday, May 24th on ESPN 2.