No. 8 Duke edges past Brown
Wigrizer makes 10 saves to help the Blue Devils collect the win
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke junior goalkeeper Dan Wigrizer posted 10 saves including four in the final period to help the eighth-ranked Blue Devils to a 9-8 victory against visiting Brown on Tuesday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
Winners of five consecutive games, the Blue Devils improve to 8-3 after receiving their nine goals from nine individuals. Brown falls to 3-4 on the year.
"I thought we played hard," head coach John Danowski said. "I thought that man-down was much improved and did a really great job at the end. And the play of two freshmen -- Will Haus and Kyle Keenan scoring big goals there at the end to give us that lead. We're happy with the play of our freshmen, man-down and our faceoff people."
Duke held a 7-5 lead after three periods, and extended the margin to 9-5 with goals by Haus and Keenan and the 9:55 and 8:03 marks, respectively. The Bears, who outshot Duke by a 15-4 in the fourth quarter, rallied with three consecutive markers including Nick Piroli's goal with 29 seconds on the clock to pull within one. Brown retained possession of the ball following a post-goal penalty assessed against Duke, with Wigrizer saving the potential equalizer with 10 seconds before junior midfielder CJ Costabile intercepted a pass as time expired.
"The fourth quarter has not been a strength of ours the last several games so we really wanted to be aggressive in the fourth quarter, whether it was offense, defense, between the lines, we wanted to be aggressive," head coach John Danowski said. "We got a little bit of a jumpstart with a couple of early goals, but then again we're disappointed that we lost the fourth quarter. While we got that lead we also almost gave it away."
Junior midfielder Jake Tripucka paced Duke in scoring with one goal and two assists while sophomore attackman Jordan Wolf added one goal and one helper. Three Bears - Piroli, Sam Hurster and Dan O'Brien--netted three goals apiece.
The Blue Devils fared favorably at the face-off X, with Costabile winning seven-of-nine draws and sophomore midfielder Brendan Fowler carding six-of-10 wins. Costabile recorded a game-high seven ground balls.
In the Brown goal, Will Round was credited with eight saves.