Duke vs. Butler
February 19, 2005
The Game Story:
Freshman attackman Zack Greer scored four goals and fellow rookie midfielder Brad Ross won 13-of-17 face-offs to lead 13th-ranked Duke to a 12-8 victory over visiting Butler in men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.

Saturday's tilt marked the season-opener for both squads, with Duke improving to 13-2 in campaign lid-lifters under head coach Mike Pressler. The victory pushes the Blue Devils' advantage in the all-time series versus Butler to 8-0.

"We'll certainly take the win and move on," Pressler said. "I wish we had played a little better in the second half, but also give credit to Butler. I thought we gave a good effort today."

After the Blue Devils and Bulldogs traded goals in the first three minutes of the game, Greer and Matt Danowski spearheaded a 5-0 Duke spurt. In the run, Greer tallied the first two goals of his collegiate career while Danowski added one goal and two assists. Butler ended the run with a goal by Pat Hurto at the 8:36 mark of the second period, but Duke received tallies from Greer and Peter Lamade prior to halftime, giving the Blue Devils an 8-2 lead at intermission.

In the third quarter, Butler sandwiched goals around one Duke tally to pull within 9-4 heading into the final period. Kyle Tietjen scored two goals in the fourth quarter, including one as time expired, as Butler found the back of the net four times over the final 12:36 to account for the final margin.

Greer, playing in his first game as a Blue Devil, added one assist on the day to finish with five points. Lamade chipped in three goals and one assist while Danowski finished the afternoon with two goals and two assists. Matt Zash contributed two goals and one assist while Ross and Casey Carroll secured 10 and six ground balls, respectively. In goal, Aaron Fenton was credited with eight saves while playing all 60 minutes.

For Butler, Grant Albertson and Tietjen scored two goals apiece. Bulldog goalkeeper Ryan Kaiser, who relieved starter Sam Ashley late in the opening quarter, chalked up 11 saves while allowing eight goals.

Led by Ross, Duke won 15-of-22 face-offs and gained 41 ground balls to Butler's 21.

Duke remains at home to entertain UMBC next Saturday at 1 p.m. while Butler meets Hobart in Brooklandville, Md., on Saturday also at 1 p.m.