Duke vs. Air Force
May 6, 2007
The Game Story:
DURHAM, N.C. -- Zack Greer scored five goals and added three assists to lead second-ranked Duke to a 19-6 victory over visiting Air Force in men's lacrosse action on Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.

The Blue Devils, winners of nine consecutive games since falling to top-ranked Cornell back on March 20, conclude the regular season at 14-2 and await the NCAA Tournament selection announcement slated for tonight at 9 p.m. The Falcons close the year at 2-10.

An unassisted goal by Bo Carrington opened the day's scoring at the 8:32 mark of the opening period, and Air Force's Michael Weber answered with a tally to tie the score less than one minute later. Max Quinzani then scored two goals in a 3-0 Duke spurt that gave the Blue Devils a 4-1 advantage early in the second quarter. The Falcons sandwiched goals by Griffin Nevitt and Conrad Lochocki around a Greer score to pull within 5-3, but the Blue Devils closed the half with three straight tallies by Greer, Matt Danowski and Peter Lamade to claim an 8-3 advantage at intermission.

The two teams traded goals in the first five minutes of the third quarter before Danowski netted a pair of goals in a 4-0 run that pushed the lead to 13-4 when Ned Crotty found the back of the net with 5:10 left in the period. Air Force's Kevin Crumrine scored a goal from Will Meister at the 1:49 mark to end the run, but Duke responded as Greer scored the first two goals in a 6-0 spurt that pushed the lead to 19-5 on a tally by Gibbs Fogarty with 5:36 remaining in the game. Lochocki's goal on a feed from Crumrine at the 1:07 mark accounted for the final margin.

Greer's five goals push his season total to 51 -- tops in the ACC and the second-highest total in the nation. The 51 goals rank as the third-highest single-season total in Duke history and the seventh-best single-season total in ACC history. Now with six games this season with five or more goals, Greer has 125 goals in 44 career games with the Blue Devils. Greer's 73 points (51 goals & 22 assists) rank second nationally behind Albany's Frank Resetarits (75 points).

Danowski added three goals and three assists against the Falcons to top the 70-point plateau for the season. The only player in the nation with 35 or more goals and 35 or more assists this season, Danowski has 72 points on 36 goals and 36 assists and now ranks seventh on the ACC's all-time chart with 232 career points.

With a career-high three goals on the day, Quinzani pushed his season-total to 17 goals while Crotty and Lamade chipped in two goals apiece. Duke goalkeeper Dan Loftus improved to 22-5 as a starter and was credited with 14 saves against five goals allowed in three quarters of action. Terrence Molinari won seven-of-10 face-offs and secured a game-high six ground balls.

For the Falcons, Crumrine and Lochocki scored two goals each while Meister handed out three assists. Meister ends his career with 84 assists to rank tied for sixth on Air Force's all-time chart. Falcon goalie Daniel Bellissimo made 17 saves while allowing 19 goals on the day.

Duke's 14 wins are the second-most in school history, trailing only the 2005 squad that won 17 games en route to the national title game. The Blue Devils are expected to receive their 11th bid to the NCAA Tournament tonight. Duke is 9-10 all-time in NCAA Tournament action.
Duke-Air Force box score