Durham, North Carolina – The seventh-ranked Duke men’s lacrosse team rallied from a 10-9 fourth quarter deficit with two late goals to overtake 16th-ranked Brown, 11-10, in an epic battle at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium. The loss drops Brown to 3-3 overall, while Duke moves to 7-3 overall.
With the score tied, 9-9, with 9:29 remaining, Brown senior All-American Thomas Muldoon gave the Bears a 10-9 lead on his fourth goal of the game with 8:29 left on the game clock.
Duke came back with consecutive scores by Steve Schoeffel and Sam Peyton to grab an 11-10 advantage with 6:41 left on the game clock.
Duke looks like it would run away with the game, building a 5-0 lead 17:34 into the game. The Bears were undaunted, scoring four straight goals on scores by sophomore Rob Schlesinger, junior Andrew Feinberg and two by senior Thomas Muldoon to cut the Blue Devils lead to 5-4 with 2:53 left in the second quarter. Duke’s Max Quinzani scored with five seconds remaining in the quarter to give the Blue Devils a 6-4 lead at the half.
While the Bears got off to a sluggish start to open the game, coach Lars Tiffany’s squad didn’t make the same mistake to open the second half. Consecutive goals by Parker Brown, Feinberg and Muldoon lifted the Bears to their first lead, 7-6, with 8:40 left in the quarter. Another late Duke goal, this time with four seconds remaining by Quinzani, tied the game, 7-7, after three quarters.
The electric game continued into the fourth quarter with Duke’s Jon Livades giving the Blue Devils an 8-7 lead.
Brown came back once again to tie the game, 8-8, on a goal by senior Reade Seligmann, and take a 9-8 lead on Feinberg’s third goal with 9:34 remaining.
The epic battle continued with Duke tying the game, 9-9, on a Quinzani goal and Muldoon answering once again with his fourth goal to lift the Bears to a 10-9 lead with 8:29 remaining in the match.
Brown goalie Matt Chriss kept the Bears in the game against the Blue Devils, who out-shot Brown by a 46-27 margin. Chriss registered 15 saves in goal for the Bears.
Brown is back in action with a “home” game on Saturday, April 3rd in an Ivy League match-up against Princeton at Gillette Stadium. The Bears and Tigers face-off at 2:30 p.m. at Gillette in the second game of the New England Lacrosse Classic doubleheader. Cornell plays Dartmouth in the first game starting at 12 noon.
Score By Quarters: 1 2 3 4 Total
BROWN 0 4 3 3 10
DUKE 3 3 1 4 11
Goals: Thomas Muldoon 4, Andrew Feinberg 3, Rob Schlesinger 1, Parker Brown 1, Reade Seligmann 1
Assists: Rob Schlesinger 2, Thomas Muldoon 1, Charlie Kenney 1, Parker Brown 1
Goals: Max Quinzani 3, Steve Schoeffel 3, Zach Howell 2, Parker McKee 1, Jon Livades 1, Sam Peyton 1
Assists: Ned Crotty 4 Justin Turri 2, Jon Livades
Brown – Matt Chriss, 15 saves, 60:00
Duke – Dan Wigrizer, 9 saves, 57:07
Mike Rock, 0 saves, 2:53
Shots: Brown 27, Duke 46
Pictured: Thomas Muldoon '10. photo by dspics.com