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Strong defense propels Duke men's lacrosse to 15-7 rout of No. 12 Loyola
By Sameer Pandhare | Saturday, March 11

The Blue Devils celebrated their second straight top-15 win in style Saturday, opening up an 8-3 lead then never looking back.

Coming into a matchup with the nation’s seventh-ranked scoring offense, it looked like Duke would need to win a shootout to earn a second consecutive win against a ranked opponent.

Instead, the Blue Devils turned in one of their best defensive performances of the past few seasons to defend their home turf.

By Neal Vaidya / The Chronicle

Rookie Joey Manown had a hat trick Saturday in the Blue Devils' best performance of the season so far.

After falling in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Loyola a season ago, No. 16 Duke dominated the 12th-ranked Greyhounds 15-7 Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils held an explosive Loyola attack to a season-low scoring output and used foul goals from senior Jack Bruckner and hat tricks from junior Justin Guterding and freshman Joey Manown to come away with a second straight top-15 win.

“There’s a personality that’s growing with this group,” Duke head coach John Danowski said. “Athletically, we’re a combination of young and old. So there’s this balance, guys are learning how to play together. The older guys have seen a lot of situations and the younger guys are growing into it. It’s really been fun to kind of watch them evolve.”

Duke (5-2) took control of the contest in the second period with three goals in a little more than four minutes. The Blue Devils played with the kind of aggression Danowski has been looking for from his team, outshooting the Greyhounds 14-5 in the period and forcing Loyola (3-3) to replace sophomore Jacob Stover in net with junior Grant Limone. But the switch between the pipes did not slow down a Duke team playing with confidence—the Blue Devils tacked on two more scores in the period to take an 8-3 lead into halftime.

“The first quarter we were a little tentative offensively,” Danowski said. “When you’re young, you just don’t want to make a mistake, so you play a little bit on your heels and especially offensively. But as we started to get our feet under us, you could see our confidence growing. Sometimes it doesn’t take a great shot to go in.”

On the other end of the field, Duke’s defense held All-American Pat Spencer—who broke the Patriot League single-game record with nine assists last Saturday—in check.

The Blue Devil defense’s physicality with the Loyola midfield prevented the Greyhounds from getting easy runs to the net and disrupted the smooth passing that drives Loyola’s offense, which ranked seventh in the nation in scoring coming into the game.

“A lot of teams will kind of panic when he has the ball, but I think we had a good gameplan of trying to make him go or not give him an easy assist,” sophomore defender Cade Van Raaphorst said of the team's strategy against Spencer, who finished with just two goals and one assist. “He got one at the end, but we did a good job of covering him elsewhere.”

When the Greyhounds did get a clean look at the goal, senior Danny Fowler stood tall in net for the Blue Devils. Fowler finished with 14 saves in the win and stopped a few of Loyola’s best chances, preventing the visitors from getting back in the game after halftime.

Duke controlled the action early in the game, maintaining possession and working the ball around to set up good looks on offense. Although the Blue Devils came close to getting on the board in the opening minutes when a Bruckner shot hit the post, the team took an early lead when Guterding fired his 17th goal of the season past Stover.

Guterding nearly added to his total 14 seconds later, but his shot sailed wide right and may have provided the break Loyola needed to find its footing. The Greyhounds scored two quick goals to take the lead, before Duke capitalized on a Loyola penalty to level the score on another Guterding goal. For the game, the Blue Devils scored two of the three times they had a man-up advantage.

After playing Duke even through the first period, the Greyhounds struggled defensively with the Duke attack starting to play more cohesively. Although Spencer got the Greyhounds within four with a goal at the 7:38 mark of the third period, Duke went on a 6-1 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to put the game out of reach.

“We played off of each other. The offense did a great job of keeping the ball a little bit and valuing the ball,” Van Raaphorst said. “Any time you have the ball, that gives us confidence on our end and we get to rest a little bit and that keeps us fresh.”

With some additional time away from classes for the Blue Devils, the team has started to find its groove. Duke will face Jacksonville Monday before hitting the road to face Georgetown in the Blue Devils’ last game before conference play.

Saturday's win also held special significance for Danowski, who tied the all-time Division I record with 375 victories.

“The goal is always to play your best at the end of this year. Right now, this is where we are today," Danowski said. "You just try to get better each week and that’s part of the fun of the journey of athletics and sports. You just keep working and trying to get better.”
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Princeton facing Title IX sexual assault suit

Jacob Donnelly

A former graduate student has sued Princeton, alleging that the university mishandled his sexual assault report and expelled him after he attempted suicide.

The lawsuit, John Doe v. Princeton University, was filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey on Thursday.

The student alleges that Princeton handled his sexual assault complaint in contravention of Title IX, the gender discrimination section of the United States Education Amendments of 1972. He also alleges that he was expelled after attempting suicide.

Dan Day, Princeton’s assistant vice president for communications, strongly denied the student’s allegations.

“The suit contains a series of inaccurate accusations and repeatedly mischaracterizes how the University handled this former graduate student’s complaint,” Day said in a statement to The Tab. “The University responds seriously and compassionately to victims of sexual misconduct and to all students who need support. This matter was investigated extensively and fairly in full compliance with University policies and procedures. The lawsuit is without merit, and we intend to mount a vigorous defense.”

Princeton is still managing litigation in the case of W.P. v. Princeton University et al., filed in 2014 after an undergraduate student alleged he was expelled after attempting to commit suicide, even though he was not a threat to campus safety. A review of electronic federal court records by The Tab on Friday showed that the last docketed event in that lawsuit occurred last month.

Now, according to the New Jersey Law Journal, the new Doe plaintiff has alleged that Princeton failed to take his complaint seriously after he alleged he was assaulted by a male student; that Princeton violated its own policies by refusing to take stopgap measures to help him in his studies after he fell behind; that he was subjected to homophobic slurs after filing the complaint, which Princeton failed to remediate; and that he was subject to sexual harassment, stalking and retaliation charges in university disciplinary proceedings.

The Doe plaintiff was a master’s of finance student, according to the Law Journal. After his visa, which was sponsored by Princeton, was terminated, he was required to leave the country. He allegedly reported the assaults to Princeton on Oct. 21, 2014, attempted to commit suicide on Mar. 24, 2015, and was expelled in June 2015.

Princeton reached a settlement in November 2014 with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights about its handling of sexual misconduct investigations.

Read the Doe plaintiff’s complaint here.

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