Duke vs. Holy Cross
March 7, 2006
The Game Story:
Zack Greer and Peter Lamade scored three goals apiece as third-ranked Duke defeated visiting Holy Cross, 20-2, in men's lacrosse action on Tuesday afternoon in Durham, N.C.

The Blue Devils improve to 4-1 on the year while the Crusaders fall to 0-3. Duke outshot Holy Cross by a 64-14 count on the afternoon, and held the Crusaders without a shot attempt in the second quarter.

Inserted into the starting lineup for the first time in his brief career, freshman Ned Crotty opened the game's scoring with a man-advantage goal from Matt Danowski just under four minutes into the contest. Greer and Matt Zash followed with goals before Lamade's pair of tallies in the final 3:30 of the quarter pushed the lead to 5-0. Crotty and Kyle Dowd each found the back of the net in the second period as Duke claimed a 7-0 lead at intermission.

Led by two scores each from Greer and Chris Loftus, the Blue Devils exploded for eight goals in the third quarter. Holy Cross got on the scoreboard at the 8:35 mark of the third period when Billy Klotz scored to end Duke's string of consecutive goals at 11. Five different Blue Devils netted goals in the fourth quarter while John O'Sullivan scored for the Crusaders to account for the final margin.

Danowski finished with four assists, matching his career-best effort set most recently against Johns Hopkins in last year's national championship game. Crotty and Chris Loftus both had totals of two goals and one assist while Gibbs Fogarty had one goal and two assists. In goal, Dan Loftus was credited for three saves while allowing zero goals in the first half and Rob Schroeder had four saves against two goals allowed in the final 30 minutes.

For Holy Cross, starting goalkeeper Matt Fallon had 10 saves against 11 goals allowed in 32-plus minutes while reserve Jimmy Harrison logged six saves versus nine goals allowed in just over 21 minutes.

Duke travels to San Diego to play Loyola in the second annual FIRST 4 event on Saturday at 8 p.m. (EST). The game will be televised live by CSTV. Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday by hosting Vermont at 1 p.m.