Two Blue Devils -- Matt Danowski and Aaron Fenton -- earned major awards while Mike Pressler garnered National Coach of the Year honors as the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association held its annual banquet this past weekend in Cortland, N.Y.
Two weeks after helping Duke to its first NCAA Championship game appearance, Blue Devil associate head coach Joe Alberici was named as the Black Knights' head lacrosse coach, Army director of athletics Kevin Anderson announced on Tuesday, June 14. He replaces Jack Emmer.
June 12, 2005 Duke's Aaron Fenton recorded seven saves and fellow Blue Devil Ryan Marshall added an assist as the South defeated the North, 14-11, in the 2005 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division I Men's Lacrosse North-South Senior All-Star Game at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. Bucknell's Chris Cara scored six goals and earned game Most Valuable Player honors while VMI's Leo McInerney added two goals and an assist for the South squad. Jason Doneger of Princeton led the North with four goals. Fenton started in goal for the South and stopped seven of the nine shots on goal he faced in 20:27 of action. Marshall assisted Cara for a goal at the 9:25 mark of the final period, pushing the South's lead to 11-8.
June 6, 2005 Duke seniors Aaron Fenton and Ryan Marshall, fresh off helping the Blue Devils to an NCAA single-season record 17 wins and national runner-up finish, have been selected to play in the 64th annual North-South All-Star game set for Saturday, June 11 at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. Face-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. The North-South game dates back to 1940 when the North squad earned a 6-5 win at Municipal Stadium in Baltimore, Md. Since 1940, the game has been played annually, interupted only in 1943 and 1944 by World War II. Fenton, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., enjoyed his senior campaign in Durham by earning All-ACC and First Team All-America honors. He finished with a 6.75 goals against average and .629 save percentage to lead the Duke defense that ranked third in the nation. Marshall, a Scarborough, Ontario, Canada product, closed the year ranking seventh on the team in scoring with 21 total points. He helped the Blue Devils lead the nation in scoring
May 30, 2005 Matt Danowski, Duke Dan Flannery, Duke Kyle Harrison, Johns Hopkins Nick O'Hara, Duke Greg Peyser, Johns Hopkins Jesse Schwartzman, Johns Hopkins Kip Turner, Virginia Joe Walters, Maryland Matt Ward, Virginia Matt Zash, Duke 2005 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Jesse Schwartzman, Johns Hopkins
May 30, 2005 Final Statsnbsp;|nbsp; Quotesnbsp;|nbsp; Notesnbsp;|nbsp; Photo Gallery PHILADELPHIA, PA. - Johns Hopkins won its first NCAA lacrosse title in 18 years, beating Duke 9-8 Monday to complete an undefeated season. Jake Byrne's goal with 13:35 left in the fourth quarter was the difference for the Blue Jays (16-0), who became the first team to finish the season undefeated and win the national championship since Princeton (15-0) in 1997. Johns Hopkins had appeared in two of the last three title games in men's Division I, but this victory gave the school its first title since it defeated Cornell in 1987. Hopkins has won eight national titles. This year's championship game was a rematch of a thriller last month, when Johns Hopkins beat Duke 11-10 in double overtime. In Monday's rematch, Kyle Harrison, Kevin Huntley, Greg Peyser and Paul Rabil had two goals each for Johns Hopkins. Matt Danowski, Matt Zash and Dan Flannery led Duke (17-3) with two goals apiece.
May 30, 2005 Recapnbsp;|nbsp; Final Statsnbsp;|nbsp; Quotesnbsp;|nbsp; Photo Gallery After making its first appearance in the national championship game, Duke ends the 2005 season with an overall record of 17-3 ... The Blue Devils set new NCAA records for wins in a season and largest win total improvement (+12; 5 wins in 2004 to 17) Duke is now 9-10 all-time in NCAA Tournament action, all under 15th-year head coach Mike Pressler ... Pressler is now 147-80 in his 15 seasons at the helm of the Blue Devil program with 10 NCAA Tournament appearances (1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 2005), two NCAA Final Four berths (1997 2005) and one NCAA championship game appearance (2005) to go along with three ACC titles (1995, 2001 2002) Duke representatives on the NCAA All-Tournament Team were Matt Danowski, Dan Flannery, Nick O'Hara and Matt Zash Danowski finished the game with two goals and four assists to break the Duke school single-season record for
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May 30, 2005 Recapnbsp;|nbsp; Final Statsnbsp;|nbsp; Notesnbsp;|nbsp; Photo Gallery Duke Head Coach Mike Pressler Opening Statement "It's tough to put this in perspective. We were one play away from a national championship. What a year our team had though. We were 5-8 a year ago and picked fourth in the conference in the preseason. To go all the way, 17-3 and one play away from the national championship, what a year for my guys. I'm certainly really proud of them. I was a little disappointed on how we shot the ball. We had our chances. I felt we hit (Jesse) Schwartzman too many times; our shooting let us down a little bit. We won the faceoffs, we cleared the ball, we did everything else we could except put the ball in the goal. I think that was the difference in the second half. Hopkins made the plays there in the end. They're very deserving, there's no disputing, they're the national champions, so my congratulations to them." Comparing game to Maryland game
May 29, 2005 With the top two seeds advancing into the championship game, top-ranked and undeeated Johns Hopkins will take on second-ranked Duke in the NCAA men's lacrosse finals on Monday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Face-off is set for 12 noon and the game will be televised live by ESPN. The Blue Devils, who have already set a new NCAA record with 17 wins against their two defeats, advanced to the finals with an 18-9 win over Maryland on Saturday afternoon. Johns Hopkins, an 11-10 double overtime winner over Duke back on April 8, downed Virginia in the semifinals by a 9-8 score in overtime. The Blue Jays, who have been ranked number one the entire season, stand at 15-0. "This is what we wanted," Duke head coach Mike Pressler said on Sunday. "This is what we practiced for all year. We talked about it for the first time last week. About not only getting to the Final Four but getting to Monday and competing for the national championship. I think it's only
May 28, 2005 Duke rookie attackman Zack Greer has been named the National Freshman of the Year by Inside Lacrosse magazine, announced on Saturday by the publication. Greer, a native of Whitby, Ontario, Canada, has scored a nation-leading 57 goals on the year including a team-best four in Duke's 19-8 national semifinal victory over Maryland on Saturday afternoon. Greer has established new Duke and ACC single-season records with his 57 tallies, breaking the previous school mark of 53 set by John Fay in 1997 and the league standard of 56 set by Virginia's Doug Knight in 1996. The 57 goals rank Greer 10th on the NCAA's single-season goal scoring chart. "It isn't a secret that Zack has had a tremendous impact on our program this year," said Duke head coach Mike Pressler. "He has the unique ability to make everyone around him a better lacrosse player, and without a doubt he is one of the most mature and advanced freshmen I have been fortunate enough to coach." For the season, Greer