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Men's Lacrosse Dominates Dartmouth in Midweek Clash
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/23/2010
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DURHAM, N.C.-The Duke University men's lacrosse team had seven different players tally at least one goal to lead the seventh-ranked Blue Devils to a commanding 15-3 win over Dartmouth in non-conference action this evening at Koskinen Stadium. The starting trio of Ned Crotty, Zach Howell and Max Quinzani on attack combined for 15 points in the victory.

"They played zone against us and that is really rare in college lacrosse," head coach John Danowski said. "Overall I was really happy with the number of shots. I was happy with a lot of the possessions. A bunch of different guys scored goals and that was great."

Duke held the Big Green scoreless for 34:46 over a span of three quarters and rattled off nine unanswered during that stretch to remain unbeaten against Dartmouth all-time. The Blue Devils improve to 5-3 on the year, while Dartmouth falls to 2-3. The three goals allowed are the fewest by Duke this season and the fewest since March 25, 2008 when the Blue Devils defeated Harvard 10-3.

"I think guys are getting better," Danowski said about his defense. "There is a certain chemistry being developed as the season goes on. I think there's also a certain focus because we've had some days that weren't as good as we'd like. So I think the guys have turned up their focus a little bit."

Crotty, Howell and Quinzani each had five points apiece. Howell and Quinzani turned in matching four-goal and one assist performances and Crotty contributed one marker and four assists.

The Blue Devils opened the scoring 1:24 into the game when Crotty struck for his seventh goal of the season. Howell added a goal 29 seconds later to make it 2-0 before Dartmouth's Ari Sussman got on the board at the 11:40 mark to cut the lead to 2-1.

Duke closed out the quarter with four unanswered for a 5-1 lead after 15 minutes and added two more in the second frame to head into the locker room with a 7-1 advantage. Four different players tallied a goal during that five-goal run to finish the half.

Picking up right where they left off, the Blue Devils tacked on four more goals in just 3:37 to make it 11-1 at the 8:25 mark of the third quarter.

Nikki Dysenchuk registered an unassisted goal to stop Duke's nine-goal run with 6:54 left in the period, but Duke would close out the final 21:54 with four of the next five goals for the win.

The Blue Devils dominated in all facets of the game, outshooting the Big Green 44-21. They won the ground ball battle for the seventh time this season, picking up 30 loose balls to Dartmouth's 21.

Duke's clearing game was nearly perfect at 24-of-26, while the man-up offense was a perfect 4-of-4. Michael Manley helped anchor the defense with a season-high four caused turnovers.

Senior Sam Payton went 5-of-14 at faceoffs and picked up five ground balls and forced three turnovers.

In goal, freshman Dan Wigrizer made seven stops in 46:27 and Mike Rock made one save in 13:33. For Dartmouth, Fergus Campbell played the majority of minutes and made an impressive 15 stops.

Duke returns to action on March 27 at No. 10 Georgetown. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m., on ESPNU.