Duke vs. Ohio State
April 2, 2005
The Game Story:
Matt Danowski and Zack Greer scored four goals apiece to lead second-ranked Duke to a 21-8 victory over Ohio State in men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon in Durham, N.C.

The Blue Devils improve to 11-0 on the year while the Buckeyes fall to 2-5. Duke's win, coupled with a 7-5 victory by Johns Hopkins over North Carolina on Saturday, sets up a probable one-versus-two matchup next Friday evening when the Blue Devils travel to Baltimore to face the top-ranked Blue Jays. Face-off at Homewood Field is set for 8 p.m., and the game will be televised by ESPNU.

After Duke and Ohio State traded goals in the first five minutes of action, Danowski scored two goals to spearhead a 6-0 run that gave the Blue Devils a 7-1 lead on Kyle Dowd's unassisted tally at the 10:22 mark of the second period. After Kyle Olson stopped the spurt with an unassisted goal for the Buckeyes with 9:42 remaining, Danowski and Dan Flannery each found the back of the net to give Duke a 9-2 lead at halftime.

Greer then tallied all four of his goals in the third quarter as Duke outscored the Buckeyes by an 8-1 margin to push the lead to 17-3 after 45 minutes. The rookie attackman now leads the nation with 36 goals on the year.

Duke was penalized for an illegal stick prior to the fourth period, and Ohio State capitalized as Craig Nolan and Olson scored back-to-back goals to pull within 17-5 before a 36-minute weather delay forced the teams into the lockerroom with 13:39 left in the contest. The Blue Devils used a 4-1 run to take a 21-6 advantage on a goal by Chris Loftus at the 2:21 mark, and the Buckeyes tallied twice in the final 20 seconds to account for the final margin.

Duke's starting attack unit of Danowski, Flannery and Greer combined for 11 goals and four assists on the day, while midfielders Dowd and Matt Zash chipped in three and two goals, respectively. Starting goalkeeper Aaron Fenton was credited for eight saves while allowing just three goals through the first three quarters and Nick O'Hara secured a team-best five ground balls while adding his second goal of the year.

For Ohio State, Tom Randisi recorded one goal and three assists while Olson scored two goals and added one assist. Mike Rimmer made 16 saves in the Buckeye net. The Buckeyes are next in action on Saturday at Butler at 12 noon.