Duke vs. Bellarmine
February 28, 2006
The Game Story:
Junior attackman Matt Danowski had four goals and two assists while the Duke defense held Bellarmine without a goal for over 58 minutes as the second-ranked Blue Devils eased past the visiting Knights, 16-1, in men's collegiate lacrosse action on Tuesday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.

The Blue Devils improve to 3-0 while the Knights fall to 0-1.

While Duke went ahead just 25 seconds in the game on a Kyle Dowd tally, Bellarmine would hang tough through the opening quarter by surrendering only one more goal to trail 2-0 after 15 minutes. The Blue Devils then outshot the Knights by a 36-5 margin over the next two periods, with Danowski netting three goals in a 6-0 second quarter as Duke lead 8-0 at intermission.

The third period would feature single goals by Danowski, Dan Flannery, Ned Crotty and Kyle Dowd for a 12-0 Blue Devil margin. Duke scored the first four goals of the final quarter before Garett Kikot found the back of the net for the Knights with just 1:05 on the clock to account for the final margin.

Danowski's six points on the day push his career total to 146 and into a tie for 15th place on Duke's all-time chart with Jon Bierman. Flannery finished with two goals and two assists while fellow attackman Zack Greer contributed two goals and one assist. In addition, Dowd and Gibbs Fogarty each logged a pair of goals. Between the pipes, junior Dan Loftus faced just 13 shots in his three quarters of work, and was credited with five saves while lowering his goals against average on the year to 0.81.

Duke dominated the face-offs, winning 17-of-21 draws as Mike Catalino and Matt Zash each secured five-of-six opportunities. Zash scooped up a game-best seven ground balls as the Blue Devils won the loose ball battle, 54-37.

For Bellarmine, starting goalkeeper J.C. Hutchins made 17 saves while allowing 12 goals in three quarters of action while reserve David Haas gave up four goals while making three saves in the final period.

Duke remains at home to entertain Maryland on Saturday at 2 p.m. while Bellarmine hosts VMI on Saturday at 1 p.m.