Duke vs. Fairfield
May 14, 2005
The Game Story:
Attackmen Matt Danowski, Dan Flannery and Zack Greer combined for 12 goals and nine assists to lead second-ranked and second-seeded Duke to a 23-4 victory over visiting Fairfield in NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament first round action on Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium in Durham.

The Blue Devils improve to 15-2 and advance to the quarterfinals and will meet the winner of Cornell and Towson next Sunday in Princeton, N.J. The Stags finish the year at 11-5.

Fairfield jumped on top just seven seconds into the contest when Tom Werney found the back of the net on an assist from Kyle Herman just following the opening face-off. Duke responded with a goal by Danowski from Flannery less than a minute later, and the tally ignited a 16-0 run that put the Blue Devils ahead, 16-1, at intermission.

Danowski scored three goals in the opening 15 minutes while Flannery added two in the period as Duke claimed an 8-1 advantage when Greer and Matt Zash tallied goal in the final 17 seconds of the quarter. Flannery then had two goals and two assists in the second quarter, and the Blue Devils netted all eight of their goals in the period over the final 7:23 for their 15-goal halftime cushion.

After Werney scored his second goal of the game just over four minutes into the third period, Peter Lamade spearheaded a 6-0 Duke run with a pair of goals to take a 22-2 lead midway through the final quarter. Fairfield then sandwiched goals from Dan Boudreau and Brian Gorman around a Duke tally by Kyle Dowd to account for the final margin.

In goal, Duke starter Aaron Fenton logged 12 saves while allowing two goals in 45 minutes of play before giving way to Dan Loftus, who picked up three saves in the final quarter. For Fairfield, starter Michael Kruger was credited with seven saves while allowing 20 goals in 49:13 of action.

The Duke offense, which entered the game leading the nation in scoring at 12.84 goals per contest, reached the 20-point barrier for the third time this season while scoring 15 or more goals for the sixth time. The total of 23 tallies sets a new school record for goals in an NCAA Tournament game, eclipsing the previous mark of 22 set versus Hobart in 2002. The Blue Devil defensive unit allowed five or fewer goals for the eighth time this year.

Flannery recorded four goals and four assists while Danowski added a game-high five goals along with two assists. Greer and Lamade each added three-goal, three-assist performances. Brad Ross enjoyed the day by winning 14-of-19 face-offs while contributing two goals and one assist.

With his three goals on the afternoon, Greer pushes his team-leading total to 50 on the year to match the seventh highest single-season total in ACC history. One of just three players in Duke history and nine in ACC history to reach the 50-goal plateau, the Whitby, Ontario, Canada native is closing in on both school (53 by John Fay in 1997) and league (56 by Doug Knight in 1996) records for goals in a campaign. Danowski increased his league-leading point total to 78 (42 goals & 36 assists) while inching closer to the school single-season record of 90 set by Tony Cullen in 1979. With eight points on Saturday, Flannery joins Danowski and Greer (64) in the 60-plus point club for the year with 61 points on 39 goals and 22 assists. It marks the first time in Duke history that three players have amassed 60 or more points in a single campaign.