The Georgetown men’s lacrosse team (3-5, 1-0 Big East), was upended by then-No. 12  Duke (7-4, 1-1 ACC) on the road Sunday, falling 19-7 in Durham, N.C. The drubbing marked the second consecutive loss against a ranked opponent for the Hoyas.

“Duke is very good, and I expect them to play deep in May. For us, we just didn’t do the little things, and I think it started with a bunch of things before the game even started,” Head Coach Kevin Warnesaid.

The Blue and Gray, coming off of a 13-8 defeat at the hands of then-No. 9 Loyola, were unable to keep pace with the high-powered Duke offense and allowed a season-high 19 goals. The Hoyas fell behind early as the Blue Devils opened up the game scoring four unanswered goals, and the visitors were ultimately unable to fight back into real contention.

“There were some positives coming out of both [the Loyola and Duke] games,” Warne said. “Those two teams are as good as or better than the teams we are going to play in the next couple of weeks. … I think by learning from some of the negatives that have happened in the past, … if we clean up some of that stuff, our chances to succeed will be greater than the last couple of weeks.”

Duke outmatched Georgetown virtually from start to finish, as the Hoyas were unable to slow down a Blue Devil offense that averages just over 12 goals a game. A  40-20 advantage on groundballscertainly helped that cause, as Duke was able to earn more possession to be converted into more scoring opportunities.

“The team with more groundballs will have more possessions. I also think that Duke had an athletic advantage over us. I don’t think we were not trying,” Warne said. “I think without a doubt we were trying to get to the loose ball, but Duke is very skilled and very athletic and were able to get to more balls than us.”

The Blue Devils were led by junior attack Jordan Wolf, who tallied four goals on 10 shots, while theHoyas were paced by senior midfielder Jason McFadden, who had three goals and an assist.

After the first period of play, the hosts held a 4-1 lead, and they continued to pull away in the second period. Within the first four minutes of the second period, Duke capitalized on Georgetown mistakes and exploded for three goals.

With 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Hoyas managed to get a goal each from Jason McFadden and redshirt midfielder Joe Bucci within a minute to make the score 7-3, but Duke responded by stringing together another three-goal spurt that gave them a seven-goal halftime advantage.

The Blue Devils’ dominance continued into the second half, as the Hoyas were unable to make the necessary adjustments to crawl back into the game, losing possession off Georgetown turnovers andgroundballs.

Using this advantage, Duke proceeded to score six unanswered goals and extend its lead to 16-3. Although McFadden was able to score his second goal of the contest in the closing minutes of the period, the game was already out of reach as the Blue Devils held a commanding 16-4 advantage.

Redshirt sophomore goalie Jake Haley  allowed 19 goals and had 11 saves in 45 minutes of play, while Duke sophomore goalie Kyle Turri allowed four goals and had five saves in 45 minutes of play to preserve the lopsided win.

“Everything now is in front of us — that’s the message to the team,” Warne said. “We are looking through the windshield and not the rearview mirror, and that is what we have to concentrate on. Things in the past will help us with things in the future.”

Georgetown will next be in action on Friday as it plays host to Marquette in the schools’ first ever head-to-head meeting. The opening face-off is slated for noon.

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