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NCAA Prospect Watch: Duke, Tripucka Win Sixth Straight

March 19, 2016
The Blue Devils lost four of their first six games this season, but now are riding high on a six-game win streak that has pushed them back into the nation's top 10 this week.

Jake Tripucka – M (6th round, 42nd overall)

Saturday, March 30: #10 Duke (8-4) at Harvard (4-5) Final: 12-11

The first half was a back and forth affair as Duke and Harvard went into halftime even at 5-5.Duke added back-to-back tallies in the third quarter, but consecutive man-up scores from Harvard gave the Crimson an 8-7 lead with 14:42 to play in the fourth quarter. After Tripucka evened the score again for Duke, Harvard took advantage of another man-up opportunity for the 9-8 lead with 8:16 left to play in the fourth quarter. Just 42 seconds later, the Crimson took the first two-goal lead of the game. Trailing by two with 7:38 to play, the Blue Devils answered with a four-goal run over a span of 3:32 to go in front 12-10 with 2:53 to play in regulation. Harvard cut the lead to one, 12-11, with 1:14 to play and won the ensuing faceoff to set up a thrilling final minute of lacrosse. Tripucka finished with the one goal.

Next Up: #10 Duke (8-4) vs. High Point (3-8), Friday, April 5 at 7:00pm ET

*The Hounds also hold player rights to Duke defenseman Casey Carroll (3rd round, 18th overall), who tore the ACL in his left knee and will miss the 2013 NCAA season.

John Haus – M (2nd round, 15th overall)

Owen Blye – A (3rd round, 24th overall)

Matt White – A (4th round, 28th overall)

Saturday, March 30: #2 Maryland (7-1) @ #17 Virginia (5-5) Final: 9-7

Maryland got off to a fast start, building a 3-0 cushion before Virginia got on the board. The Terps scored back-to-back before the Cavaliers tacked on one more goal to make it a 5-2 game at the half. Virginia opened the scoring in the second half, but Maryland responded and pushed its lead to 7-3 on back-to-back goals by Haus. The teams then traded goals to make it an 8-4 game heading into the final quarter. The Terps scored first in the fourth, but the Cavaliers scored two in a row to pull with two, 9-7, with 1:27 remaining, but Maryland made two big saves in the final minute to save the victory. Haus finished with the two goals and one assist, while White had two assists and Blye was held pointless.

Next Up: #2 Maryland (7-1) @ Navy (3-7), Friday, April 5 at 7:00pm ET

                #17 Virginia (5-5) vs. #6 North Carolina (7-3), Saturday, April 6 at 3:30pm ET

Mike Sawyer – A (1st round, 8th overall)

Saturday, March 30: #5 Loyola (8-2) @ #12 Ohio State (6-3) Final: 9-4

Loyola had the 3-2 lead in the second quarter before Ohio State scored with 3:03 left in the half to tie the game 3-3. However, that would be the final goal the Buckeyes would score until just nine seconds remained in the game. The Greyhounds went on a six-goal run to set themselves up for the 9-4 victory. Sawyer tallied one goal on the day.

Next Up: #5 Loyola (8-2) vs. Fairfield (6-4), Saturday, April 6 at 2:30pm ET

Max Van Bourgondien – M (6th round, 43rd overall)

Tuesday, March 26: #3 Cornell (8-1) vs. Siena (2-7) Final: 17-9

Siena got on the board first and drew an early 2-1 lead, but Cornell responded with a flurry of goals and took a 10-3 advantage into the intermission. After trading goals to open the second half, the Big Red scored the next four to enter the final quarter with a 14-5 edge. The Saints scored three in a row in the final six minutes to cut a 10-goal deficit back to seven before Cornell cashed in on a fastbreak opportunity with 50 seconds left to close out the scoring and solidify the 17-9 victory. Van Bourgondien contributed one goal and one assist.

Saturday, March 30: #3 Cornell (9-1) vs. Dartmouth (2-6) Final: 21-5

Cornell came out firing, and held a 6-1 lead after the first period and a 10-3 advantage at halftime. The onslaught continued in the second half, as the Big Red pushed its lead to 15-4 with 3:55 remaining in the third and eventually won 21-5. Van Bourgondien had a hat trick on the day.

Next Up: #3 Cornell (9-1) @ Harvard (4-5), Satruday, April 6 at 1:00pm ET

Kyle Feeney – G (8th round, 59th overall)

Tuesday, March 26: #16 Penn State (6-3) at #7 Bucknell (8-2) Final: 11-3

Bucknell had the early 2-1 lead before Penn State score back-to-backs to go up 3-2 at halftime.  Bucknell tied the score at three apiece with 12:45 remaining in the third, but it would be the last goal the Bison would tally on the day. Penn State held Bucknell scoreless over the final 27:15 of the game while tacking on eight more goals of its own to bring the final to 11-3. Feeney had six saves in the loss.

Saturday, March 30: #7 Bucknell (9-2) vs. Holy Cross (5-5) Final: 16-9

Bucknell raced out to an 11-2 halftime lead after outscoring Holy Cross 5-0 in the second quarter. Holy Cross scored three of the first five goals of the second half, and outscored Bucknell 7-5, but it wouldn’t be enough to catch up and the Bison earned the 16-9 victory. Feeney made six saves on the day.

Next Up: #7 Bucknell (9-2) @ Army (6-3), Saturday, April 6 at 12:00pm ET

Mason Poli – LSM (4th round, 27th overall)

Tuesday, March 26: Providence (6-3) at Bryant (1-8) Final: 10-9

Bryant carried a 2-1 lead over Providence into the second quarter, and increased the advantage to 5-2 at the intermission. The Bulldogs continued to roll, pushing their lead to 7-2 early in the third. But the Friars went on a 4-1 run to pull within two, 8-6, heading into the fourth quarter. Another 4-1 run over the final 15 minutes solidified the 10-9 victory for Providence. Poli tallied one assist in the loss.

Saturday, March 30: Bryant (2-8) vs. Quinnipiac (3-5) Final: 17-7

Bryant jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Quinnipiac even touched the ball. The Bobcats got on the board in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs held them scoreless in the second while pushing their lead to 11-2. Bryant extended that to 15-2 before Quinnipiac got on the board in the third. And even with a five-goal run of its own, the Bobcats had too little to give too late in the contest, as the Bulldogs tacked on two final tallies to round out the scoring for the 17-7 final. Poli contributed three goals in the victory.

Next Up: Bryant (2-8) vs. Robert Morris (5-4), Saturday, April 6 at 1:00pm ET

Michael McCormack – D (7th round, 51st overall)

Saturday, March 30: Yale (4-3) @ #13 Penn (5-3) Final: 7-6 OT

Consecutive Penn goals in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter tied the game at 6-6 and had momentum in the Quakers favor heading into the extra period. After Penn won the opening overtime draw and flew downfield for a point-blank try at the net, it seemed that was the case. However, Yale made a big save and came up with the only possession they would need. A successful clear led to a shot 2:11 in to overtime that set off a Yale celebration. McCormack recorded five groundballs and caused two turnovers.

Next Up: Yale (4-3) vs. Providence (7-3), Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00pm ET