Duke Press Release:
DURHAM, N.C. -- Top-seeded Duke received five goals from Zack Greer while Matt Danowski dished out a career-high seven assists as the Blue Devils defeated Providence, 18-3, in the opening round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.
The Blue Devils improve to 15-2 overall and advance to the NCAA quarterfinals to meet the winner of Navy-North Carolina next Sunday in Annapolis, Md. The win marked Duke’s 11th victory at home this year, breaking the previous school single-season record of 10 set by the 2005 club.
The Friars conclude their season at 7-10.
The Blue Devils held a decisive advantage in the shot column, 53-6, while securing 17-of-24 face-offs in the contest.
"We're happy to be headed to the quarterfinals," Danowski said.
Duke got on the scoreboard at the 8:02 mark of the opening period when Matt Danowski netted an unassisted goal. The Blue Devils pushed the advantage to two goals when Danowski fed Zack Greer for a tally with 5:37 remaining in the quarter.
The Friars cut the lead in half with a man-down goal at the 2:44 mark when Devin McBride beat a diving Dan Loftus for a score. Duke claimed a 4-1 lead after one period as Brad Ross and Fred Krom each scored in the final two minutes of the quarter.
Ross kicked off the scoring in the second period with a goal from Ned Crotty less than one minute into the quarter. Greer then scored two goals less than two minutes apart midway through the period for a 7-1 lead before Danowski’s unassisted tally with 3:47 remaining increased the margin to seven goals.
Danowski found Greer for a goal with just six seconds before halftime and Duke entered the lockerroom ahead at intermission, 9-1.
Max Quinzani scored just under two minutes into the third quarter on a pass from Danowski. The assist pushed Danowski past former Duke standout Tony Cullen into first place on the school’s all-time chart with 115.
With 11:34 left in the third quarter, the teams were forced to endure a two-hour, one-minute weather delay.
"Weather is a part of the game," Duke head coach John Danowski said. "You never know when a delay will occur. You just have to adapt to the situation and make the best of it. As for the coaching staff, we just wanted to make sure there was some energy in the lockerroom."
Following the break, Duke reeled off four goals in a five-minute stretch to take a 14-1 lead on Gibbs Fogarty’s goal from Danowski at the 5:42 mark. Michael Young and Fogarty added tallies to close the third quarter scoring a give the Blue Devils a 16-1 advantage.
Providence’s Bennett Murphy scored consecutive goals in the final quarter before Duke’s Chris Loftus accounted for the final margin with the last goal of the day.
Danowski finished with two goals and seven assists for a season-best nine points.
** Duke improves to 10-10 all-time in NCAA Tournament play
** Duke’s 15 wins this season rank as the second-most in school history, trailing only the 17 victories earned by the 2005 squad
** Duke has now won 10 straight games, the second-longest active streak in the nation behind Cornell’s 14-game run
** Duke is 26-3 in its last 29 home games
** Duke is now 38-7 over the past three seasons
** Duke finishes the season with an 11-1 record at home, establishing a new school single-season record for home victories ... The 2005 squad held the previous mark at 10
** Dan Loftus improved to 23-5 as Duke's starting goalkeeper
** Zack Greer’s five goals push his career total to 130 in 45 games at Duke ... The 130 career tallies rank 12th on the ACC’s all-time list and fourth on Duke’s career chart
** Greer now has 56 goals on the season – tops in the nation ... The 56 goals rank as the second-highest single-season total in both ACC (tied with Virginia’s Doug Knight) and Duke history, trailing only Greer’s total of 57 set in 2005
** Greer now has 78 total points on the year (56 goals & 22 assists) ... That total stands as the ninth-highest single-season total in ACC history and the fourth-best in Duke history
** Greer now has seven games with five or more goals this season
** Matt Danowski handed out a career-high seven assists against Providence ... His previous high was five versus Bellarmine on March 31, 2007 ... Danowski’s 43 assists this season are the most in the nation
** Danowski became Duke’s all-time leader in assists, pushing his career total to 118 ... The previous standard of 114 was held by Tony Cullen ... The assist total also ranks ninth on the ACC’s career list
** Danowski now has 241 career points on 123 goals and 118 assists in 58 games ... The 241 points are the second-highest total in school history, trailing only Dave Hagler’s 254, and are the fifth-best total in ACC history
** With nine points on the day, Danowski increased his season total to 81 points on 38 goals and 43 assists ... The 81 points match the sixth-highest single-season total in ACC history and rank as the third-best single-season total in Duke history ... Danowski owns the school mark with 92 total points in 2005 – one shy of the league standard set by Ray Altman of Maryland in 1963
** Danowski has now registered at least one point in 39 consecutive games to match the third-longest active streak in the nation
** John Danowski became the sixth head coach to participate in NCAA Tournament action alongside a son
Duke vs. Providence
|Matt Danowski||(2, 7)|
|Zack Greer||(5, 0)|
|Ned Crotty||(1, 2)|
|Brad Ross||(2, 1)|
|Josh Coveleski||(0, 2)|
|Michael Young||(2, 0)|
|Max Quinzani||(2, 0)|
|Gibbs Fogarty||(2, 0)|
|Peter Lamade||(0, 1)|
|Fred Krom||(1, 0)|
|Bo Carrington||(0, 1)|
|Chris Loftus||(1, 0)|