Duke does job on Loyola, rolling to an 11-3 victory

Greyhounds spin wheels in home-opening defeat

College Lacrosse

March 14, 2004|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

No. 13 Loyola fell flat on its face against No. 7 Duke yesterday, getting pounded, 11-3, in its home opener in front of a crowd of 1,312.

The Blue Devils (3-1) were able to hold the Greyhounds (1-2) scoreless for the entire second half and limited them to 11 shots on goal. In last year's meeting at Duke, which the Blue Devils won, 10-4, Loyola was also held without a goal in the second half.

"I thought we made a statement on the road," said Duke coach Mike Pressler.

"To come up here to Loyola, a place where we have not won at in a couple years, and to shut them out in the second half and hold them to three goals on their turf is quite an accomplishment."

Duke's veteran defense took advantage of a Loyola team that plays seven freshmen midfielders. Two of those seven, Greg Leonard and Andrew Spack, along with junior defenseman Grant Halford, scored the three goals for Loyola.

"They're playing a lot of freshmen," said Pressler. "We felt we had a little more experience. We're veteran on defense. We expect to play like veterans and certainly did today."

One veteran by years, though not by experience, is Duke senior goalie Aaron Fenton, who made his first career start. Fenton (18 saves) played an outstanding game between the pipes and showed poise in leading the defense.

Loyola's go-to player, senior attackman Stephen Brundage, was held scoreless by Duke sophomore defenseman David Evans.

"Evans did a great job," said Fenton. "Brundage is a great player both left-handed and right-handed. We gave him nothing today."

Duke set the tone early as it scored two goals within the space of a minute only 3 1/2 minutes into the first quarter.

"Duke played awful well," said Loyola coach Bill Dirrigl. "They shot the ball extremely well. They won the game from the beginning."

The Blue Devils were nearly perfect in the first half, converting on three of four man-up opportunities. Senior attackman Chris Haunss scored off a pass from Matt Danowski (two goals, one assist) on an extra-man chance to to give Duke a 6-2 lead in the second quarter.

Greyhounds attackman Matt Monfett, who played two seasons at Duke before transferring this year, assisted on the final goal of the half as Leonard found the back of the net. That was Monfett's only point in his first game against his former team.

"It was tough," said Monfett about facing his old team. "There was a lot of emotion. I wish it went the other way. It hurts. We didn't come to play today and they did."

Duke came out strong to start the third quarter, scoring two goals to build its lead to 8-3.

Duke 3 3 4 1 - 11

Loyola 1 2 0 0 - 3

Goals: D-Zash 3, Danowski 2, Marshall 2, Flannery, Skandalaris, Haunss, Fenton; L-Leonard, Spack, Halford. Assists: D-Flannery 2, Danowski; L-Monfett. Saves: D-Fenton 18; L-Glazer 5, Fretwell 4.

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