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Blue Devils Fall To No. 3 Cornell
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/17/2009
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DURHAM, N.C.—Cornell junior Ryan Hurley tallied a game-high five goals to lead the third-ranked Big Red to a 10-6 victory over No. 8 Duke in men’s lacrosse action at Koskinen Stadium this evening. Blue Devil senior Ned Crotty led Duke with three assists in the game.

Duke falls to 6-3 overall on the year and to 27-3 at home since 2007. The win pushes Cornell to 4-1 overall on the year. The Big Red’s 10 goals marked just the second time this season Duke has allowed its opponent double digit scoring. Cornell used a 6-1 run over the course of three quarters to secure the victory.

"They make you work," head coach John Danowski said. "You play six-on-six and they make you work. I'll have to look at the film but I thought we had a lot of good looks, but we didn't make those plays. They did a nice job offensively, spreading us out and being patient."

Junior attackman Max Quinzani added two scores for Duke, while Justin Turri and Zach Howell both had a goal and an assist in the contest. Max Seibald added three goals and two assists for Cornell in the win.

Hit with a penalty after the opening faceoff, Duke was faced with a man-down situation immediately. Cornell needed just 14 seconds to take advantage of the man-up opportunity as Seibald sent a strike over the right shoulder of Blue Devil goalie Rob Schroeder.

Duke responded on the next possession when Crotty and Quinzani hooked up for the ninth time this season to tie the score at 1-1 just 1:15 into the game. Quinzani added another goal to his total just over two minutes later. The Duxbury, Mass. native dodged his defender and beat Cornell keeper Kyle Harer low for the 2-1 lead.

After five minutes with no goals, Cornell caught a hot streak and went on a three-goal run in a span of 3:39. Hurley sandwiched a goal between two Seibald tallies to make it 4-2 after the first quarter.

The Blue Devils were able to pull within one 58 seconds into the second frame when Steve Schoeffel found the back of the net off a pass from Howell.

It was all Cornell the remainder of the half as it scored two more to stretch the lead to 6-3 at the break. Harer made nine stops for the Big Red in the opening 30 minutes to keep Duke to just three goals after two periods.

Duke was able to hold Cornell at bay in the third quarter with both teams scoring once, but the 6-1 run by the Big Red proved to be too much for Duke to overcome in the end.

Trailing 10-4 in the final three minutes, Duke capitalized on a one-minute non-releasable penalty and added a pair of man-up goals from Mike Catalino and Howell to make it a 10-6 final score.

Duke posted a 37-30 advantage in shots and won the ground ball battle 33-26, including getting six from junior Parker McKee. Senior Sam Payton was 9-of-16 in restarts and finished the day with eight ground balls.

Schroeder made four saves for Duke in goal, while Harer finished with a career-high 17.

Duke continues its non-conference schedule on March 21, hosting No. 19 Georgetown at 1 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium. The game will mark Military Appreciation Day at Koskinen where all military personnel, retirees and their families will receive admission at a reduced price of $3 by showing their military I.D. at any of the entry gates.

"We have to show the guys on film and show the guys what we need to work on and we have to get back to work," Danowski said.