Duke routs Colgate to reach semis
Blue Devils score 13 unanswered goals in 17-6 victory
CHESTER, Pa. -- Robert Rotanz scored a career-best five goals, leading Duke to 17-6 victory against Colgate on Sunday in front of 10,770 fans in the national quarterfinals.
Duke (15-4), seeded No. 3, advances to the semifinals to play Atlantic Coast Conference rival Maryland on Saturday in Baltimore in a rematch of last year's semis.
Colgate (14-4) held a 4-2 lead in the first quarter, before Duke replied with 13 unanswered goals to take control of the game. Colgate, which received an at-large bid top the tournament, never got within 10 goals again.
Colgate (14-4) and Duke traded goals in the opening nine minutes before the Raiders netted consecutive scores to take a 4-2 lead with 3:58 to play in the first quarter. The Blue Devils, behind Justin Turri and Rotanz, battled to tie the game 4-4 after 15 minutes and jumpstarted Duke's monster 13-0 run that spanned over the court of three quarters and 26:14.
During the scoring run, Duke held Colgate to just nine shots and received goals from eight different players. Ten of Duke's 13 goals in that span were assisted. The Blue Devils' defense was outstanding as well, forcing eight turnovers in the second quarter, winning 5-of-8 faceoffs and holding the Raiders to only three shots in the 15 minutes.
With the game even at four heading into the second quarter, Duke scored seven goals in a span of 9:35 for an 11-4 halftime advantage. Rotanz and sophomore Jordan Wolf both had a pair in the second session, while Turri handed out two assists. Jake Tripucka also contributed a goal and an assist in the second quarter.
The Blue Devils continued to fire on all cylinders in the third quarter as they put up four more goals before Colgate got on the board again with 7:44 remaining in the frame. Walsh posted all three of his goals in the third period.
Defensively, Duke held the nation's second-ranked offense to its fewest goals all season and to fewer than 10 for just the second time in 2012. The Blue Devils forced 23 turnovers, a season-high, and collected a season-best 16 caused turnovers.
Overall, Duke outshot the Raiders 41-35 and won the ground ball battle 39-27. The Blue Devils won 15-of-26 faceoffs and held Colgate's No. 3-ranked man-up offense to just 1-of-3 for the day. In goal, Dan Wigrizer made nine saves to push his NCAA tournament career total to 59 and had three caused turnovers and three ground balls.
Christian Walsh scored three for Duke, which got two goals each from Jake Tripucka and David Lawson.
Ryan Walsh scored three times for Colgate.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.