GENEVA, N.Y. - It's all about the finishing.
Duke did, Hobart didn't.
That sums up the Blue Devils' 13-1 North Division NCAA tournament first-round victory yesterday before a disappointed home crowd of 3,246 at muddy Boswell Field.
Greg Patchak (Timonium, Boys' Latin) led the way with three goals and three assists. T.J. Durnan also had three goals.
The Blue Devils (10-4) will face Virginia in the division semifinal May 22 at Johns Hopkins.
While the score was lopsided, the scoring opportunities were not. The Statesmen (7-7) outshot Duke, 44-34, but were stopped by Blue Devils goalie Matt Breslin. The junior from New Jersey made 22 saves, including several on his twin brother, Justin, a Hobart attack."We didn't need shooters," Statesmen coach B.J. O'Hara said, "we needed makers."
The teams slugged through a tightly played first quarter tied at 1-1 before the Blue Devils ran off four straight goals to close the opening half.
Dan Chemotti put the Blue Devils up, 2-1, 45 seconds into the second quarter when he cut through the middle and slipped a shot under the crossbar.
Three minutes later, Chris Kakel (Ruxton, St. Paul's) polished off a three-way passing play to give Duke a two-goal bulge.
Hobart had several chances to cut the lead but misfired on all of them.
Twice, sophomore attack Scott Harvey had Breslin in his sights, only to be stopped. Later, Tim Booth had a wide-open net but rattled the post.
Any rally hopes by the Statesmen were rubbed out by the end of the third period, when Duke piled up four quick scores. The first three were by Patchak, who sliced with ease through the Hobart back line."Our transition game had been a little weak," Patchak said. "But once we got that going, we knew we were going to be OK."