DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke senior attackmen Matt Danowski and Zack Greer combined for six goals and seven assists to lead the second-ranked Blue Devils to a season-opening 16-4 victory over 15th-ranked Bucknell on Saturday afternoon in front of 2,568 fans at Koskinen Stadium.
"It was certainly good to get out and play today," said Duke head coach John Danowski. "I thought we played hard and played the right way. Bucknell does some different things and you have to be prepared. This is certainly a good step for us, and we'll look forward to returning to the practice field in order to get better."
Matt Danowski's goal on a Max Quinzani assist gave Duke a 1-0 lead just under four minutes into the contest. Brad Ross added an unassisted tally at the 8:24 mark of the opening period to push the lead to 2-0 before Bucknell's Austin Winter found the back of the net five minutes later.
The Blue Devils then outscored the Bison 4-0 in the second period as Quinzani netted a pair of goals and Danowski handed out three helpers. The run continued into the third quarter when Greer scored three goals and Steve Schoeffel two as Duke sandwiched three goals on either side of Bucknell's lone goal to claim a 12-2 advantage heading into the fourth period.
Duke scored the first four goals of the final quarter before Bucknell tallied two in the last five minutes to account for the final margin.
In the Blue Devil net, Dan Loftus recorded seven saves against two goals allowed in 48:15 of action. Bucknell starter Nick Sciubba allowed 11 goals with nine saves in 42:01.
With seven total points on two goals and five assists, Danowski pushed his career total to 263 on 131 goals and 132 assists. On Saturday, he passed former Syracuse standout Tom Marechek (258) for 14th place on the NCAA's career scoring list. Danowski also moved into 23rd place on the NCAA all-time assist list, passing Virginia's Jay Connor, Navy's Paul Basile (129) and Syracuse's Casey Powell (129). Danowski has now registered at least one point in 43 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the nation.
Greer's four goals increase his career total to 145 and place him in a tie for 25th with Paul Donohue of Marist on the NCAA's career listing. The Blue Devils improved to 40-4 when Greer scores at least once and 28-0 when the Whitby, Ontario, Canada native scores three or more goals in a game.
Quinzani (2 goals & 1 assist), Ross (2 goals & 1 assist), Ned Crotty (1 goal & 2 assists) and Chris Loftus (1 goal & 2 assists) all recorded three points on the afternoon while Schoeffel netted a career-high two goals. Freshman Zach Howell carded one goal and one assist.
Winter paced Bucknell with one goal and one assist on the day.
The Blue Devils enjoyed success at the X against the Bison, securing 17-of-24 face-offs. Sam Payton won eight-of-12 draws while Rob Wellington, seeing his first game action since 2006 while recovering from a knee injury, won five-of-eight attempts.
Duke remains at home next Saturday to host Vermont while the Bison play a neutral site tilt against Hobart in Baltimore, Md.