NEWARK, Del. – Jordan Wolf scored five goals, and top-seeded Duke defeated Johns Hopkins, 19-11, on Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
The defending national champion Blue Devils (15-3) will face Denver at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Saturday.
Denver (16-2) beat Drexel, 15-6, in its quarterfinals matchup on Sunday to advance to its third Final Four in four years.
Duke made the Final Four for the ninth year in a row.
“There’s no guarantees and I couldn’t be happier for these guys to be going back,” said Wolf, a senior.
Josh Dionne scored four goals for Duke, all in the first half. Dionne departed the game in the final minute of the second quarter with a leg injury and did not return.
“I couldn’t be better,” Dionne said. “I mean, we’re going to the Final Four. I just look at it as I sacrificed my body for these guys and I know they’d all do the same.”
Myles Jones and Case Matheis scored three goals each for the Blue Devils. Jones had four assists.
The Blue Devils opened the game with six unanswered goals.
The Blue Jays didn’t score their first goal until there was 4:19 remaining in first quarter and they never drew closer than 12-10 early in the third.
Wolf put a stop to that attempted comeback with back-to-back goals.
Holden Cattoni and Rob Guida had three goals apiece to lead Johns Hopkins (11-5).
The Blue Jays were back in the quarterfinals after missing last year’s tournament for the first time in 41 years.
“This was a great group to work with, and I don’t think this afternoon is indicative of this group,” Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said. “I certainly think this is a process, and this was a step in the process that we needed to take, to get back to this game. Next year we hope to get back to this game and win it to get to the next step, and we will do that. We will continue to work hard to do that.”