Duke vs. Denver college lacrosse: Blue Devils score seven unanswered goals to close out top 3 win

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Friday night’s matchup between No. 1 Duke and No. 3 Denver was a good early-season test for both powerhouse programs, and if we’re lucky, we’ll get a rematch later this season in the NCAA tournament with more at stake.

Trailing 12-8 after three quarters, the Blue Devils caught fire in the final frame with seven unanswered goals to close out a 15-12 win in Durham. Top-ranked Duke improved to 3-0 on the young season while the Pioneers drop to 1-1.

Both Duke and Denver went back and forth throughout the first half and entered the halftime break knotted at 6-6. But the Blue Devils looked to be in midseason form over the final 15 minutes en route to clinching the confidence-building, early-season win.

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Freshman attackman Joe Robertson continued his impressive start to his college career with four goals in the final quarter, including the game-tying tally at the 10:21 mark and the game-winner less than a minute later. Duke added a pair of insurance games later in the frame from Robertson again and Reilly Walsh.

Robertson now has 12 goals through three games in 2018.

Watch the final five goals from the Blue Devils’ impressive rally below:

What. A. Game. Freshman Joe Robertson came up huge late and @DukeMLAX came back to get the win! pic.twitter.com/VeL60dn1hd

— Inside Lacrosse (@Inside_Lacrosse) February 17, 2018

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