Dartmouth vs. Duke
March 29, 2008
The Game Story:
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Zack Greer scored a season-high seven goals and Matt Danowski produced four goals and four assists to lead third-ranked Duke to a 16-9 win over Dartmouth in men's college lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at the Mitchel Sports Complex in Uniondale, N.Y. Saturday's contest between the Blue Devils and Big Green was played on Long Island to benefit Autism Awareness and Lacrosse for Autism Youth Clinics.

The Blue Devils improve to 10-1 on the year while the Big Green falls to 4-4. Duke has now won all 10 meetings between the two schools.

Just over one minute into the game, Max Quinzani gave Duke a 1-0 lead on a goal from Greer. Dartmouth responded at the 11:28 mark when Josh Gillam scored off a pass from Brian Koch. The Blue Devils then went on a 3-0 run midway through the period as Matt Danowski, Greer and Mike Catalino each found the back of the net in a span of 1:05. The Big Green answered with consecutive goals by Gillam at the 6:20 and 3:00 marks to pull within 4-3 before Quinzani ended the first quarter scoring with his second tally with 34 seconds left.

After Ari Sussman scored for Dartmouth at the 9:22 mark of the second quarter, Greer scored three straight goals in less than three minutes to give the Blue Devils a 8-4 advantage. Two of the three markers came on assists from Danowski. Dartmouth's Philip Killian made the score 8-5 with two minutes left before halftime, and Danowski sent the teams into intermission with an unassisted goal with just three seconds on the clock.

Greer got things going early in the third quarter with his fifth goal of the game just nine seconds into the period. After Danowski scored with 13:20 left, Greer's two tallies at the 7:33 and 2:57 marks pushed Duke out to a 13-5 advantage. After the Big Green scored back-to-back goals to pull within 13-7, Quinzani added an unassisted goal with six seconds remaining in the period. The two teams split four total goals in the final quarter to account for the final margin.

Greer scored three or more goals for the 34th time in his career and Duke improved to 34-0 in those games. The Whitby, Ontario, Canada native has scored seven goals four times in his career and now has 174 career goals to rank seventh on the NCAA's all-time chart.

Danowski closed the day with four goals and four assists to push his season scoring total to 56 points on 26 goals and 30 assists. The eight-point afternoon moves Danowski past Lehigh's Chris Cameron (307 points from 1986-89) and Syracuse's Michael Powell (307 points from 2001-04) into fourth place on the NCAA's all-time scoring list with 312 career points. Also on the NCAA's career listings, the Farmingdale, N.Y., product now ranks tied for 10th in assists with 157 and tied for 16th in goals with 155.

Quinzani tossed in four goals and added an assist while Sam Payton secured 14-of-17 face-offs for the Blue Devils. Duke goalkeeper Dan Loftus was credited for six saves in three quarters of action to earn the 34th win of his career against just seven defeats.

For Dartmouth, Gillam finished with four goals and one assist.

With the Duke triumph, Danowski, Tony McDevitt, Nick O'Hara and Michael Ward moved into a tie for first place on the NCAA's all-time victory list, each having played in 55 career wins. The standard also is held by Josh Coffman (Syracuse, 1999-02), Benson Erwin (Johns Hopkins, 2002-05), Tom Garvey (Johns Hopkins, 2002-05), Kyle Harrison (Johns Hopkins, 2002-05), Peter Lamade (Duke & Virginia, 2004-present), Peter LeSueur (Johns Hopkins, 2002-05), Billy St. George (Syracuse, 1999-02) and Chris Watson (Johns Hopkins, 2002-05).

Duke returns home to entertain Johns Hopkins on Saturday at 6 p.m.