DURHAM, N.C. -- Zack Greer scored six goals and Matt Danowski handed out six assists to become the ACC's all-time leader in that category as second-ranked Duke defeated 11th-ranked Johns Hopkins, 17-6, in men's college lacrosse action as 4,291 fans looked on at Koskinen Stadium on Saturday night.
The Blue Devils improve to 11-1 on the year while the Blue Jays fall to 3-5. Duke has now won 17 straight and 20 of their last 21 home games. Since 2005, the Blue Devils are 51-9 overall and 27-9 versus ranked opponents.
Greer's six goals increase his NCAA-leading total to 39 this season. In addition, he moved into seventh place on the NCAA's all-time chart and now has 180 career tallies. Danowski, who passed former Virginia standout Tim Whiteley (159 from 1993-96) for the top spot on the ACC's career assist chart, paces the nation with his 36 helpers on the year and jumped to seventh place on the NCAA's all-time chart with his 163 career assists.
Johns Hopkins claimed a 1-0 lead two minutes into the contest with an unassisted goal by Kevin Huntley. Duke responded with three consecutive goals by Danowski, Max Quinzani and Ned Crotty as the Blue Devils led 3-1 following one period. The Blue Jays used a 3-1 run to tie the game at 4-4 when Paul Rabil tossed in an extra-man goal with 8:38 left in the second quarter.
Duke broke open the game soon after Rabil's game-tying goal. Off the ensuing face-off, Parker McKee started what would amount to a 9-0 run with a goal at the 8:25 mark. Quinzani and Ross then posted extra-man goals before Ned Crotty's tally with 32 seconds remaining before halftime sent the teams to the lockerroom with Duke ahead, 8-4.
The third quarter belonged to the Blue Devils as Duke continued the spurt with five straight goals in less than five minutes. Quinzani scored at the 8:09 mark from Danowski, with Greer (6:12, 5:17 & 3:26) and Mike Catalino (4:03) providing four more tallies. Matt Bocklet ended the Hopkins drought, which lasted 20:24, with a goal from Dave Spaulding with 3:14 on the clock. In the third period, Duke won five-of-eight face-offs and limited the Blue Jays to a pair of successful clear attempts in eight tries.
Duke outscored the Blue Jays by a 4-1 count over the final 18:03 to account for the final margin.
Huntley paced the Blue Jays with two goals and two assists on the night while Brian Christopher carded a pair of assists. Starting goalkeeper Michael Gvozden registered eight saves against 16 goals allowed in 56:37 of action.
Duke goalie Dan Loftus earned his 35th career win against just seven defeats by making nine saves versus six goals allowed in 54:18 of work between the pipes. Crotty and Quinzani contributed three goals each while Sam Payton secured 10-of-15 face-offs, scooped up six ground balls and logged one goal and one assist.
Duke travels to meet Virginia next Saturday at 6 p.m. while Johns Hopkins returns home to face Maryland at 2 p.m. Both games are scheduled to be aired live on ESPNU.