Duke vs. Georgetown
March 27, 2004
The Game Story:
No. 6 Georgetown Outlasts No. 7 Duke, 9-8

Georgetown's Walid Hajj scored his only goal of the day with 3:14 remaining in the fourth period to snap an 8-8 tie and lift the sixth-ranked Hoyas to a 9-8 win over seventh-ranked Duke in men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.

Georgetown, a winner of five games in a row, improves to 5-1 on the year while Duke falls to 4-3. The Hoyas have now won four straight over the Blue Devils. Both teams are in action next Saturday when Duke travels to face Ohio State and Georgetown hosts Navy.

The Blue Devils went on top 1-0 on a goal from Lee Skandalaris less than three minutes into the contest. Both squads went scoreless for almost 10 minutes before Ben Fenton put Duke ahead 2-0 with an unassisted tally at the 3:09 mark. After Georgetown answered with a goal from Garrett Wilson, Duke closed the quarter with Bret Thompson finding the back of the net with just two seconds on the clock.

Georgetown dominated the second period, outscoring the Blue Devils by a 6-0 count to take a 7-3 lead into intermission. In the quarter, the Hoyas claimed six-of-seven face-offs, outshot Duke by a 12-2 count and picked up 16 ground balls compared to just five for the Blue Devils. Six different Hoyas -- Neal Goldman, Keith Schroeder, Nick Miaritis, Travor Casey, Kevin Langtry and John Lasky -- scored in the period.

Duke tallied three straight goals to open the scoring in the third quarter as Dan Flannery, Chris Haunss and Skandalaris scored to pull within 7-6. Derek Mills then provided an extra man goal for the Hoyas with 3:17 left in the period for an 8-6 Georgetown lead.

In the final quarter, Ben Fenton scored for Duke at the 13:29 mark, and then Flannery's second goal of the day knotted the game at 8-8 with 6:43 remaining. Hajj then tallied the game-winning goal with 3:14 left on the clock. Duke had several possessions in the final three minutes, but did not score.

In goal, Duke's Aaron Fenton recorded nine saves against nine goals while his counterpart, Rich D'Andrea was credited with six saves, five of which came in the second half, against eight goals.

Georgetown face-off specialist Andy Corno won 15-of-20 opportunities and tied for the team lead for ground balls with 12 with teammate Brodie Merrill. Casey and Hajj led the way with one goal and one assist apiece.

For Duke, Flannery finished with two goals and one assist while Ben Fenton and Skandalaris had two goals each.