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May 14, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University attackmen Zach Howell and Jordan Wolf combined for seven goals and three assists and senior goaltender Mike Rock made 12 saves as the fifth-seeded Blue Devils held off No. 14 Delaware, 15-14, in front of 2,572 in the first round of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament. Delaware battled back from a six and five-goal deficits during the game, but Duke was able to outlast the Blue Hens and get the win to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Sixth-ranked Duke advances to the quarterfinals for the 11th time overall and for the fifth straight season. The Blue Devils (13-5) will take on No. 4 seed Notre Dame in the quarterfinals in Foxborough, Mass. The game is schedule for May 22 at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.
"We knew that the Delaware kids were so mentally tough that it didn't surprise me that we got a lead and they just kept coming back and kept playing," Duke head coach John Danowski said. "I was very proud of our guys. We've always preached that we want to be a team and you never know when it's your time to step up. Today was an example with Mike Rock who's a guy who hasn't really played significant time and stepped in and did a phenomenal job."