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No. 2 Duke Eases Past Vermont, 19-7
Tuesday 02/23/2008  -  Duke Sports Information
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Sam Payton

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke's starting attack unit of Matt Danowski, Zack Greer and Max Quinzani combined for 10 goals and nine assists to lead the second-ranked Blue Devils to a 19-7 victory over visiting Vermont as 1,681 fans looked on at Koskinen Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
 
The Blue Devils improve to 2-0 on the year while the Catamounts fall to 0-1. 
 
Danowski finished with a game-high nine total points on four goals and five assists while Greer added three goals and a career-high four assists.  Quinzani matched his career-best goal-scoring effort with three tallies.
 
On the NCAA's career charts, Danowski moves into 13th place for total points with 272, passing John Zulberti of Syracuse (267), and into a tie for 20th place for assists with Steve Marohl of UMBC (137).  With his three goals against Vermont, Greer increases his career total to 148, a mark that ranks 21st on the NCAA's all-time chart.  Also on Saturday, Greer became the seventh player in Duke history to amass 200 career points, and now has 203 on 148 goals and 55 assists in 50 games.
 
Duke assumed control of the game early, darting out to a 3-0 lead in the first five minutes of action.  Just 23 seconds into the game, Danowski found Greer from the midfield line for the first goal of the day.  After Danowski fed Brad Ross for a tally at the 12:20 mark, the three-time All-America pick from Farmingdale, N.Y., scored an extra man goal from Greer with 10:09 on the clock.
 
Vermont got on the scoreboard just over five minutes into the opening quarter when Geoff Worley scored off a pass from Derek Lichtfuss.  The Blue Devils then responded with seven straight goals to close the period as Quinzani netted a pair in the run.  The Catamounts scored the only goal of the second quarter and the teams headed to the dressing room with Duke ahead, 10-2.
 
In the third period, the squads traded the first six goals and Andrew Kelleher's goal from Trevor Wagar at the 5:19 mark pulled the Catamounts to within 13-5.  Duke closed the quarter with three consecutive goals with Danowski scoring twice and Greer once.  The Blue Devils outscored Vermont by a 3-2 count in the final period to account for the final margin.
 
In goal, Duke's Dan Loftus was credited for one save while allowing one goal in 15 minutes while improving to 27-6 as a starter.  Rob Schroeder minded the Blue Devil net for 41:39 with a career-best 12 saves against six goals allowed.  For Vermont, Justin Lubas registered 17 saves while allowing 19 goals.
 
Other multiple point producers for the Blue Devils included Ross (2 goals & 1 assist), Michael Young (2 goals & 1 assist) and Mike Catalino (1 goal & 2 assists).  In addition, Sam Payton won 10-of-13 face-offs with five ground balls while Nick O'Hara and Parker McKee scooped up six and four grounders, respectively.
 
Worley, Lichtfuss and Kyle Sminkey each posted one goal and one assist for the Catamounts.  Luke LaBranche secured eight-of-14 face-off attempts and picked up a team-high five ground balls.
 
Duke opens ACC play next Saturday by hosting Maryland at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU.  Vermont travels to face Virginia on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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