Duke vs. Army
April 21, 2007
The Game Story:
DURHAM, N.C. -- Zack Greer scored five goals while Peter Lamade added two goals and two assists as third-ranked Duke defeated 19th-ranked Army, 11-5, in men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon as 3,681 fans looked on at sun-splashed Koskinen Stadium.

The Blue Devils, winners of six straight, improve to 11-2 while the Black Knights fall to 6-6.

Prior to the game, a reception to dedicate the Skandalaris Fieldhouse was held to acknowledge the financial support of the Skandalaris family. Bob and Julie Skandalaris were joined on the field at halftime with Bob's parents, Jim and Lee, for a special recognition ceremony. Just before face-off, both teams honored the life of former Duke letterman Jimmy Regan, who was tragicly killed in Iraq earlier this spring. Present for the ceremony were Regan's parents, James and Mary Regan, along with his fiancee, Mary McHugh, and members of the Army Ranger battalion (3rd battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment) in which Jimmy served.

Army's Brooks Korvin put the Black Knights on the scoreboard first with an unassisted goal two minutes into the contest. Duke countered with three straight tallies from Greer, Matt Danowski and Max Quinzani before Army's Jason Peyer closed out the first quarter with a goal from Paul Wigdzinski. Lamade and Danowski each found the back of the net in the second period as Duke claimed a 5-2 advantage at intermission.

Greer's second goal of the day came on an assist from Danowski and pushed the Duke lead to 6-2 with 11:08 left in the third quarter. Wigdzinski's unassisted goal at the 9:29 mark brought the lead back to three, but Greer scored two more goals in a 3-0 Blue Devil spurt as Duke increased the margin to 9-3 less than two minutes into the fourth period. Korvin and Ryan Chase scored for Army while Greer and Lamade posted goals for the Blue Devils over the final 8:04 of the game to account for the final score.

Duke goalkeeper Dan Loftus was credited with nine saves while allowing four goals in 55:19 of work while his counterpart, Army's Adam Fullerton, had 13 saves while surrendering 11 goals.

Greer's five tallies on the afternoon push his team-leading total to 40 on the year. He now has 114 goals in 41 career games at Duke and has scored five or more goals on five occasions this season. Danowski finished with three points on one goal and two assists, and passed former Maryland great Ray Altman (214 points) for 12th place on the ACC's all-time scoring chart with 215 points on 112 goals and 104 assists. He now has 18 assists over his last five outings.

With 11 victories on the year, the Blue Devils match the fourth-best single-season win total in school history. The 11-2 ledger also stands as the second-best 13-game start at Duke, trailing only the 12-1 start by the 2005 club.

Saturday's tilt marked the return of Army second-year head coach Joe Alberici to Duke. Alberici served on the Duke coaching staff for nine seasons from 1997-05, helping the Blue Devils to a 96-47 record with two ACC championships and seven NCAA Tournament berths.

Both squads head to conference tournament action next Friday. Top-seeded Duke will take on fourth-seeded North Carolina in the ACC semifinals on Friday at 8:30 p.m. in Durham while fourth-seeded Army meets top-seeded Navy in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament on Friday at 4 p.m. in Annapolis, Md.