Duke vs. Loyola
March 12, 2005
The Game Story:
Senior goalkeeper Aaron Fenton registered 12 saves as fourth-ranked Duke held off a fourth quarter rally to defeat Loyola, 6-5, in front of 1,328 fans at Koskinen Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Blue Devils improve to 6-0 on the year, the program's best start since the 1999 club established a school record with nine victories to open the season, while the Greyhounds fall to 0-3 with the three defeats coming by a total of five goals.

Duke's Zack Greer, the nation's leading scorer, opened the day's scoring with his 22nd goal of the season on a pass from Bret Thompson at the 10:10 mark of the first quarter. After Craig Georgalas knotted the game at 1-1 three minutes later, the Blue Devils closed the period with goals by Kyle Dowd and Thompson in the final three minutes for a 3-1 lead. Neither team was able to score in the second quarter.

After the teams traded goals in the first six minutes of the third quarter, Greer's second goal of the day pushed the Duke lead to 5-2 at the 2:33 mark. Then, 14 seconds later, Ryan Marshall tallied an unassisted goal and the Blue Devils led 6-2 at the end of three periods.

Early in the fourth quarter, Loyola took charge with goals by Matt Monfett and Joe Landry less than one minute apart to pull within 6-4. After almost 11 scoreless minutes, Loyola's Jordan Rabidou dodged from behind the goal against Duke's zone defense for an unassisted goal to make the score 6-5 with 41 seconds remaining. The Greyhounds then took possession following the face-off, but Paul Richards' shot with 29 seconds left was saved by Fenton, and Duke managed to run the clock out to preserve the win.

With two goals on the day, Greer now has 23 goals and 26 points for the season. Marshall chipped in one goal and two assists for the Blue Devils. Fenton has now allowed just six goals in his last 105 minutes in the Duke net, lowering his season goals against average to 6.56 while pushing his overall save percentage to .637. Fenton and Tony McDevitt each picked up four ground balls.

For the Greyhounds, goalkeeper Michael Fretwell was credited for 10 saves and eight groundballs. Loyola outshot Duke, 37-31, on the afternoon and secured 10 more ground balls than the Blue Devils (36-26) but failed to score on four man-up opportunities.

Duke travels to meet North Carolina next Saturday at 1 p.m. while Loyola hosts Wagner on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.