The win gave the Blue Devils (7-1) their best start since the 1986 season and was their fifth one-goal victory this season.
With Massachusetts ahead 7-4 at the start of the fourth quarter, Duke scored three straight goals as its defense held the Minuteman scoreless thereafter.
Freshman Nick Hartofilis' goal began Duke's run and after a goal by John Fay, Jim Gonnella forced the first overtime with a goal with 6: 45 left in regulation.
After the Minutemen (4-3) opened the scoring with a goal by Chris Grande just 2: 51 into the game, the Minutemen scored four of the next seven goals to lead 5-3 at halftime. UMass also held Duke to one goal in the third period and got goals by Jason Heinze and Mike DelPercio to lead 7-4 after three quarters.
The Blue Devils outshot the Minutemen 35-29, had an ground-ball edge 34-25, and won 12 of 20 face-offs.
Duke goalkeeper Joe Kirmser made 10 saves.
No. 1 Princeton 8, No. 13 Brown 5: Chris Massey and Jon Hess each scored twice and senior goalie Patrick Cairns made 11 saves as the Tigers (6-0) remained unbeaten with victory over the Bears (3-4) in front of 2,486 at Class of 1952 Stadium.
Princeton's winning streak is now at 19 games. The Tigers won despite 20 saves from Bears' goalkeeper Greg Cattrano, who held Princeton scoreless for a 32: 37 span in the first half.
Goals by Rob Lyle and Thomas Collard helped Brown to a 2-1 halftime lead. Hess scored the Tigers' goal.
Princeton, though, took control in the third period, scoring five goals in a six-minute span while holding Brown scoreless for the quarter. Massey started the run with a goal at the 5: 08 mark and he converted again to give the Tigers the lead for good, 4-2.
"This was the toughest week of coaching I've had at Princeton," Tigers coach Bill Tierney said. "[Brown] had just beaten Syracuse and we weren't sure what to expect from them. Then we had some snow and the kids had to worry about their theses. Despite all that, we were able to come away with a nice win."
No. 6 Georgetown 16, Vilanova 7: Greg McCavera scored three goals and had two assists as the Hoyas (7-2) rolled over the host Wildcats (4-4). Georgetown got goals from 11 different players.
Scott Urick and Dan Martin combined for five goals and one assist.
Georgetown led 2-1 after one quarter before the Hoyas scored four of the next five goals on the way to an 8-4 halftime lead.
The Hoyas' lead stretched to 10-4 early in the third after goals from Dan Martin (two goals) and Doug Meehan. Georgetown outshot Villanova 39-29.
Georgetown goalkeeper Brian Hole made nine saves.
Hobart 18, Bucknell 8: The Statesmen got their second consecutive win and gave coach B.J. O'Hara his 90th career victory. Hobart had 13 players get at least one point.
Hobart trailed 2-0 but closed the first quarter with four consecutive goals and never trailed again.
Four more goals in the second, two by Nathan Roost, gave the Statesmen an 8-3 lead at the break. Hobart's lead grew to as many as six after Alex Mitchell and Trevor Buck scored in the final minute of the third quarter.
The Statesmen outshot Bucknell 45-28 and held a 54-38 edge in ground balls.
Hartford 13, Boston College 7: Charlie Fischer had a game-high six goals and added two assists as the Hawks (5-1) rallied to defeat the host Eagles. Hartford has won five in a row.
Trailing 5-4 at halftime, Hartford used a six-goal third quarter to take the lead for good.
Pub Date: 4/06/97