DURHAM, N.C. – Senior midfielder David Planning scored six goals to lead visiting Ohio State to a 16-11 win over fifth-seeded Duke in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday night at Koskinen Stadium.
The Buckeyes (12-6) advance to next Saturday’s quarterfinal round in Denver, Colo., and will meet the winner of tomorrow’s Denver-Brown contest. Duke (12-6) concludes its season as the program’s eight-game winning streak in NCAA Tournament action came to an end. The Blue Devils will miss playing on Memorial Day Weekend for the first time since 2006.
After trailing 2-1 after one period, Ohio State outscored the Blue Devils by a 6-1 margin in the second quarter to claim a 7-3 lead at intermission. Planning then scored just 48 seconds into the third quarter to push the lead to 8-3.
Duke responded with goals from Tanner Scott and Myles Jones to pull within three scores, but the Buckeyes used a 5-1 run to close the quarter and held a 13-6 advantage after 45 minutes. After Ohio State increased the margin to eight goals at 16-8, Duke tallied the final three markers of the game to account for the final score.
Planning added one assist to the scoresheet while Carter Brown and Colin Chell chipped in four and three goals, respectively.
Ohio State’s Tom Carey posted 15 saves in net.
For the Blue Devils, Jack Bruckner led the attack with three goals and two assists while Justin Guterding and Scott posted two markers apiece. Goalkeeper Danny Fowler was credited with 11 saves.