Fifth-seeded Denver has made no secret about its season-long philosophy of rotating goalkeepers Ryan LaPlante and Jamie Faus. Top-seeded and reigning national champion Duke may adopt a similar approach in Saturday’s NCAA tournament semifinal against the Pioneers at M&T Bank Stadium.
Sophomore Luke Aaron (9.82 goals-against average; .518 save percentage) is slated to make his 17th start of the season, but he looked shaky in the second half of Sunday’s 19-11 rout of Johns Hopkins and was pulled in the third quarter in favor of junior Kyle Turri (8.63 goals-against average; .453 save percentage).
Blue Devils coach John Danowski does not sound hesitant about using two goalies if the situation arises.
“It’s like a relief pitcher,” Danowski said Tuesday. “Sometimes your starting pitcher, the fastball is not happening or the curve is not breaking, and you need to bring in a reliever. I think we feel the same way. If for whatever reason that Luke is struggling or we need to make a change, I think everyone on the team feels very confident. Kyle Turri’s record last year was 14-1 as a starter. So I don’t think anybody would bat an eye defensively if they turned around and saw who was in goal.”