DURHAM, N.C.--Nakeie Montgomery and Joey Manown combined for eight goals and Turner Uppgren made 10 saves as the No. 5 Blue Devils upended second-ranked Loyola 12-7 in a top-five men’s lacrosse matchup tonight in Koskinen Stadium. The win is the fifth straight for Duke and the second top-five victory of the year for the Blue Devils.
Montgomery and Manown both had four goals apiece, while senior attackman Brad Smith had two goals and three assists in the victory. Sophomore Joe Robertson extended his goal and point streak to 18 games with a goal and an assist.
Defensively, Duke (6-1) held the nation’s leading scorer Pat Spencer to just three points from a goal and an assist and the country’s top goal scorer in Kevin Lindley to zero goals. Coming into the game, Spencer was averaging 7.40 points per game, while Lindley was scoring five goals per game.
All even 2-2 with five minutes left in the first quarter, broke open the game with a 3-0 run that spanned midway into the second period for a 5-2 lead. The Greyhounds got one back on an unassisted goal from Chase Scanlan to make it 5-3, but it was all Blue Devils after that as they scored six unanswered for an 11-3 lead after three quarters. Scanlan led all Greyhounds with three goals
Smith capped the first-half scoring, finishing a Joe Robertson pass with 1:06 remaining. Sporting the 6-3 lead, Smith continued to spur the Duke offense, scoring 1:25 into the third quarter and then assisting on a Montgomery tally two minutes later to make it 8-3.
Manown netted two more with Kevin Quigley sandwiching one in between to give the Blue Devils the commanding 11-3 advantage after 45 minutes.
On the other side of the field, Duke was equally as productive. The Blue Devils held Loyola to only four shots in the period and forced three turnovers. After going just 2-of-10 at the faceoff X in the first half, Duke won 3-of-6 in the third period.
Loyola (4-2) stopped its scoreless streak at 18:27 as Bailey Savio won the draw and raced straight to the cage for the goal. The Greyhounds tacked on three more before Robertson ended the night with his first tally of the game to make a 12-7 final.
Uppgren garnered his fifth win of the year and matched his career high with 10 saves, while Jacob Stover made 15 saves for Loyola. Brian Smyth won 8-of-17 faceoffs, with seven of those coming in the second half. He also had five ground balls.
Cade Van Raaphorst drew the assignment of slowing down Spencer and ended his night with four ground balls. JT Giles-Harris, on Lindley, had three ground balls. Duke dominated the ground ball game 35-19, including 25-7 in the second half.
The No. 5 Blue Devils return to action March 12 against first-year program Utah. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m., in Koskinen Stadium.