Duke MLAX: Class, Jones Lift No. 13 Duke Past Virginia, 14-8

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-Duke senior midfielder Deemer Class scored five goals and Myles Jones added six points on two goals and four assists to lead the 13th-ranked Blue Devils to a 14-8 victory over Virginia this afternoon at Klöckner Stadium. The win clinches a spot in the ACC Tournament.

Duke (8-6, 2-2 ACC) will await seeding following the conclusion of the ACC regular season slate next week. Virginia drops to 6-7 overall and 0-4 in conference action.

Class recorded five goals in the game to set the Duke single-season goals record for a midfielder with 41. He is only the third midfielder in Duke history to score 40-plus goals in a season, joining Jones and Robert Rotanz. Class now has 125 goals in his career, tied for 11th in Duke history.

Duke and Virginia traded leads in the opening half before heading into the break knotted at five apiece. The Blue Devils opened scoring on a Jack Bruckner rebound goal, while Matheis added another for the 2-1 lead.

The Cavaliers, led by James Pannell’s two first-half goals, scored four of the next five for a 5-3 advantage midway through the second quarter. Class responded for the Blue Devils burning Virginia with consecutive man-up tallies five minute apart to even the score heading into the locker room.

Jones provided assists on three of Duke’s five goals in the first half.

Duke extended its run to four goals and its lead to 7-5 with two more tallies to start the third period. On the defensive side of the ball, the Blue Devils were outstanding in keeping the Cavaliers scoreless for 16:12. After

Virginia pulled within 7-6, Duke used a 4-1 spurt to claim an 11-7 advantage on a Class tally from Jones at the 10:30 mark of the fourth quarter.

Virginia then received an extra man goal from Joe French to make the score 11-8, but Duke closed the game with three straight markers to earn the win.

In the Duke goal, Danny Fowler posted 13 saves. His counterpart, Virginia’s Matt Barrett, posted 10 saves in defeat.

Duke has now won 16 of the past 17 games against the Cavaliers dating back to 2005. In addition, the Blue Devils have won nine consecutive games at Klöckner Stadium, regardless of opponent.

The Blue Devils return home to host Marquette on Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.

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