(Photo Courtesy of Duke Athletics)
Leading up to Sunday’s meeting, Duke and Richmond had played in two consecutive one-goal games (2019 NCAA Tournament, 2020 regular season). Duke took both games. But today, it would be a much more comfortable margin of victory for the Blue Devils as they took down the Spiders 13-6 on the road to move to 6-0 on the season.
Behind a 15-save effort from goalie Mike Adler, Duke held Richmond to their lowest point total of the season as they moved to their best start since 2008. Michael Sowers put up five points (3G/2A) to lead the offense while Nakeie Montgomery and Aidan Danenza each had three points (1G/2A).
Ryan Lanchbury led the Spiders with four points (3G/1A) while Jack Rusbuldt mad 13 saves in cage to anchor the Richmond defense.
Duke came out of the gates hot, taking an early 4-0 lead with 7:30 left in the quarter. Ryan Lanchbury answered for Richmond, getting them on the board less than a minute later to make it a 4-1 Duke lead entering the second. Dyson Williams ended Duke’s nearly 4-minute scoring drought early in the second before Richmond answered with two of their own.
Michael Sowers bookended a six-goal Duke run that lasted from the 5:59 mark in the second through the 5:18 mark of the third put the Blue Devils firmly in the drivers seat, 11-3. Lance Madonna, Ryan Lanchbury, and Matt Civitella scored the final three for Richmond in the last 16 minutes of the contest while Duke got goals from Michael Sowers and Joe Robertson in the fourth to officially seal the deal.
Villanova 11, Providence 8
Behind a career day from Eric Overbay, the Villanova Wildcats moved to 1-1 on the season with an 11-8 Big East victory over Providence. Overbay tallied six points (3G/3A) to lead the Wildcats’ offense while Will Vitton anchored the Villanova defense with a 16-save performance.
Dan Axelson and Ryan Zimmerman each had two goals for Providence. Toby Burgdord made 11 saves in cage.
Leading 5-4 at the half, Overbay started the second half for teh Wildcats the same way Ryan Zimmerman ended it for the Friars: scoring two straight. Corey McManus added a third straight to put Villanova up 8-5 early in the third. And while Providence answered with two of their own, Colin Crowley scored the final goal of the quarter for Villanova to extended their lead to 9-6. Each side scored twice in the fourth quarter. In addition, the Villanova defense stood tall in the final stanza with Will Vitton recording five of hiss 16 saves in the quarter.
Bucknell 15, Cleveland State 9
In their season-opener, the Bucknell Bison took down the Cleveland State Vikings 15-9. After being up 5-3 late in the second, Bucknell went on a 10-2 run that started late in the second and ended early in the fourth to essentially put this one to bed and secure the victory. Cleveland State ended the game with four of their own to make it a 15-9 final.
Tommy Sopko led the way for the Bison with nine points (7G/2A) and Harry Wellford had a hat trick.
Michael Wilson and Brendan Sigurdson each had three points (1G/2A) for Cleveland State. Evan Moskwa went 12-for-21 (57%) at the faceoff dot.