April 7, 2007
BALTIMORE, MD - Junior attackman Zack Greer (Whitby, Ontrario/All Saints Catholic) scored three of his game-high six goals during a 5-1 Duke run midway through the game and the Blue Devil lacrosse team held off a late-game rally by Johns Hopkins to earn an 11-9 win at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The win is the fourth straight for Duke, which improves to 9-2. Hopkins drops its third straight and falls to 4-4.
The Blue Jays had tied the game at 4-4 on the first of Steven Boyle's (Derry, NH/Pinkerton Academy) two goals with 5:43 remaining in the second quarter and were in position to take the lead with an extra-man opportunity before Greer ignited the game-changing run. Duke forced a turnover with Hopkins playing a man-up and Greer finished off the transition opportunity with the Devils' first man-down goal of the year with 2:57 remaining in the first half. The beneficiary of some great passing for most of the game, Greer was on the back-end of an opportunistic bounce just over two minutes later when he scooped up a loose ball off a bad pass six yards in front of the goal and beat Blue Jay goalie Jesse Schwartzman (Owings Mills, MD/Pikesville) to the far post to make it 6-4. The Blue Jays sliced the deficit to 6-5 on a Kevin Huntley (Towson, MD/Calvert Hall) goal one second before halftime as he took a feed from Stephen Peyser (Lloyd Harbor, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) and whipped a behind-the-back shot past Dan Loftus (Syosset, NY/Syosset).
The momentum of the Huntley goal didn't last long as Duke scored three goals in the first 2:27 of the second half to push the lead out to 9-5. Defenseman Casey Carroll (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) cleared the opening faceoff of the third quarter into the Blue Jay zone and misfired on shot that was backed up by the Blue Devils. Confusion on defense left Carroll alone in front of the goal, where Greer slipped a pass from the side and Carroll beat a defenseless Schwartzman to make it 7-5. Gibbs Fogarty (Chevy Chase, MD/Landon) pushed the lead to 8-5 less than a minute later when he grabbed a loose ball in front and fired one home, while Greer polished off the 5-1 spree 49 seconds later when he took a beautiful cross-field pass from Matt Danowski (Farmingdale, NY/Farmingdale) and fired a low shot past Schwartzman.
Boyle's second goal of the game sliced the deficit to 9-6 before Danowski and Greer teamed up for the fourth time five minutes later. Working behind the goal, Danowski dodged to the side, went back behind and beat a pair of defenders before finding Greer on the crease to make it 10-6. The four-goal lead lasted less than 10 seconds as Jamison Koesterer (Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia) won the ensuing faceoff cleanly for Hopkins and raced into the offensive zone before slipping a shot inside the far post.
The 10-7 lead held for the Blue Devils until midway through the fourth quarter when freshman Michael Kimmel (Towson, MD/Loyola) hit the top of the net with a 12-yard laser off a feed from Paul Rabil (Gaithersburg, MD/DeMatha), but Duke won the following faceoff and milked more than two minutes off the clock before freshman Max Quinzani (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) dodged from behind the goal and bounced one past Schwartzman. Rabil scored just over three minutes later to make it 11-9, but the Blue Devils never allowed Hopkins to draw within one and snap a four-game losing streak against the Blue Jays with the win.
A back-and-forth first 25 minutes saw the teams battle to a 4-4 deadlock before Duke's mid-game spree. Greer scored two of his six goals in a 70-second span midway through the first quarter to answer a game-opening goal by Peyser, who added his second of the game 45 seconds after Greer's second to make it 2-2 less than nine minutes into the game. Brad Ross (Darnestown, MD/Bullis) and Danowski then sandwiched goals around a Matt Bocklet (South Salem, NY/John Jay) tally for the Blue Jays to give Duke a 4-3 lead midway through the second quarter. That lead held until the first of Boyle's two goals, which Greer answered with his man-down goal that jump-started the decisive run for Duke.
Greer's six goals were one shy of his career high and push his season total to 34, while Danowski moved into a tie for fourth place on Duke's career scoring list (209) with his one-goal, four-assist effort. Loftus finished with 13 saves, including nine in the second half, for Duke, which held a 39-28 advantage in ground balls.
Peyser led the Blue Jays with a career-high four points on the two goals and two assists, while Rabil (1g, 2a), Boyle (2g) and Koesterer (1g, 1a) also registered multi-point games. Schwartzman posted 12 saves and moved into seventh place on JHU's career saves list (435).
Duke (9-2) 3-3-4-1/11
Johns Hopkins (4-4) 2-3-2-2/9
Goals: D: Greer-6, Danowski, Fogarty, Ross, Quinzani, Carroll. J: Boyle-2, Peyser-2, Huntley, Rabil, Kimmel, Bocklet, Koesterer. Assists: D: Danowski-4, Greer, Crotty, McKee. J: Rabil-2, Peyser-2, Koesterer. Saves: D: Loftus-13. J: Schwartzman-12. Shots: D-35. J-39. EMO: D: 1-for-3. J: 0-for-3. Attendance: 4,802.
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