Matt Danowski became the ACC's all-time leading scorer, Zack Greer posted four goals and four assists and Max Quinzani tossed in a career-high five goals as second-ranked Duke defeated 13th-ranked Loyola, 21-8, on Saturday afternoon in front of 1,544 fans at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field in Baltimore, Md.BALTIMORE, Md. Ė
The Blue Devils improve to 5-0 on the year while the Greyhounds fall to 2-2. With the victory -- Duke's ninth in its past 10 road games since 2005 -- and Hofstra's overtime triumph over top-ranked Johns Hopkins, the Blue Devils are expected to move into the number one slot in the national polls for just the second time in program history.
With two goals and four assists against the Greyhounds, Danowski pushed his career point total to 283 to surpass the 28-year old league record of 280 points held by N.C. State's Stan Cockerton. The 283 points also push Danowski into ninth place on the NCAA's all-time scoring chart.
As Duke improved to 31-0 when Greer scores three or more goals, the left-handed senior attackman moved into a tie for first place on Duke's all-time goals chart and 15th place on the NCAA's career goals scored list with 156.
Duke opened up the game's scoring when Danowski found Greer in front of the net for a goal at the 9:14 mark of the first quarter. Less than four minutes later, Steve Schoeffel created an opening from the left wing and beat Loyola goalkeeper Jake Hagelin to put the Blue Devils up 2-0. On the ensuing face-off, Loyola's Paul Richards scooped up the ground ball and found the back of the net to pull the Greyhounds to within 2-1 with 5:26 left in the period.
Duke closed the quarter with consecutive goals for a 4-1 advantage. Gaining possession with their pressure riding game, the Blue Devils took advantage of the unsettled action when Schoeffel fed Brad Ross for a goal with 2:09 on the clock. Duke then won the draw and Nick O'Hara darted down the right side and fed Greer for his second tally of the day.
The Greyhounds used an extra man goal to make the score 4-2 just 16 seconds into the second quarter, but Duke responded when Greer assisted on a tally by Quinzani to make the score 5-2 with 14:15 left in the period. The Blue Devils then won the face-off and Ross found the back of the net for a 6-2 lead. At the 10:46 mark, Schoeffel used a dodge from the top and fired a left-handed shot into the top-left corner of the goal past Hagelin for Duke's seventh tally of the afternoon.
Quinzani's second goal of the game, off another feed from Greer, pushed Duke ahead by an 8-2 count at the 10:20 mark. Loyola ended the Blue Devils' four-goal spurt when Richards and Jake Willcox tallied back-to-back unassisted goals to cut the lead to 8-4 midway through the quarter.
The Blue Devils then closed the half with three straight goals, with the first coming at the 5:59 mark when Greer fired a pass through the heart of the Greyhound man-down defense to Danowski, who went low with the ball for his first goal of the day. Exactly three minutes later, Quinzani located a wide open Bo Carrington on the edge of the crease for a tally. Duke ended the first half with Danowski dishing to Greer for a goal with just one second on the clock before halftime.
Led by Quinzani, the Blue Devils came charging out of the lockerroom for the third quarter. The sophomore from Duxbury, Mass., scored three goals in a span of 1:09 to push the Duke advantage to 14-4. The first tally in the run came off a feed from Danowski as the Blue Devils converted an extra man situation at the 11:12 mark. Schoeffel then scooped up the ground ball on the following face-off, passed the ball to Greer who then hooked up with Quinzani for the goal. Less than one minute later, Quinzani scored from Mike Catalino to wrap up the spurt.
A goal by Loyola's Shane Koppens with 8:59 left in the third quarter reduced the lead to nine goals at 14-5, and Collin Finnerty's extra man goal at the 3:01 mark pulled the Greyhounds to within 14-6. Danowski and Ross produced unassisted goals just 43 seconds apart to push the margin back to 10 at 16-6. Greer's fourth goal of the game finished off the third quarter scoring as the Whitby, Ontario, Canada native received a dart from Danowski on the doorstep and deposited it home with 42 seconds on the clock.
Josh Coveleski scored twice in the final period as the Blue Devils outscored Loyola 4-2 to account for the final margin.
For Duke in goal, Dan Loftus was credited for 10 saves against six goals allowed while working the first three quarters. Hagelin registered 12 stops versus 20 goals surrendered.
The Blue Devils return home to face Presbyterian on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.