Richmond Upsets Duke for Biggest Win in Program History
DURHAM, N.C. — Third-year program Richmond scored the final four goals to notch its biggest win in the team's young history, upsetting eighth-ranked Duke 12-10 at Koskinen Stadium on Monday night.
The loss was Duke's first to an unranked team at home in seven years, although the Spiders, who improved to 5-1, hardly looked like it.
Mitch Goldberg scored four goals, Alex Hatem added two and Benny Pugh made 12 saves to play a part in the win. Richmond did it despite losing 18 of 25 faceoffs and trailing 10-8 with 41 seconds left in the third quarter.
It was the first ever meeting between Duke and Richmond, which is coached by former Duke captain Dan Chemotti. Chalk up Spiders over Blue Devils as another example of parity in the NCAA Division I men's college game, he said. Richmond becomes the second Southern Conference team to score a major upset against an ACC foe, with High Point downing Virginia two weeks ago.
"Quite simply, this is the biggest win in our program's history," Chemotti said. "I think this speaks to the parity in our sport that when you work hard and stick to your game plan, anybody can beat anybody on any given night."
Goldberg scored with three seconds left in the third quarter to cut the Duke lead to one and the Spiders held the Blue Devils (4-3) scoreless in the fourth. Anthony Faraino, from Alabama, scored the tying goal with 12 minutes left. It was his first goal of the year, one of three Spiders to notch their first markers of the season.
With five minutes left, the Duke defense left Cory Palmer open in the right alley and he put Richmond up 12-10. Deemer Class hit a pipe with under four minutes to go, and Duke turned it over in the last minute to let the Spiders start their upset celebration.
The Blue Devils won the ground ball battle 40-26 but committed 16 turnovers. Justin Guterding and Chad Cohan scored three each for Duke.
Duke was playing two days after losing to Harvard on Long Island on Saturday. Coincidentally, the last time Duke lost at home to an unranked team, was to Harvard in 2009. Richmond beat VMI 11-6 on Saturday night in Lexington, Va.
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