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By EDWARD LEE | May 24, 2008
No. 1 Duke (18-1) vs. No. 5 Johns Hopkins (10-5) Time -- 2:30 p.m. Site -- Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass. THREE THINGS TO WATCH Weathering the storm The Blue Devils have outscored opponents 145-56 in the first half. Johns Hopkins played Duke to a 4-4 tie in the second quarter April 5 before the Blue Devils cruised, 17-6. Whether the Blue Jays can slow Duke and keep the score in single digits might determine Johns Hopkins' fate. Focus on faceoffs Junior Sam Payton won 10 of 15 faceoffs to help the Blue Devils jump out early on the Blue Jays in their regular-season matchup, but Payton won only 12 of 23 faceoffs against Ohio State.
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By Mike Preston | May 31, 2010
After the winning goal hit the back of the net just five seconds into overtime, Duke coach John Danowski was walking up and down the sideline hugging everybody. An NCAA Division I men's lacrosse championship has been a long time coming for Danowski. First, there were his 21 years as coach at Hofstra and then the past four at Duke. The Duke era may have been the most painful because Danowski was supposed to win here. Now that he has, Danowski, 54, has proven that nice guys can finish first.
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By Stephen Whyno and Stephen Whyno,Sun reporter | April 30, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. -- Whenever No. 2 Duke needed a goal yesterday in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament final, it was Matt Danowski who found the back of the cage or cleared the way for his teammates with his daunting presence. In front of a favorable home crowd at Koskinen Stadium and led by Danowski's three goals, the Blue Devils beat No. 3 Virginia, 12-9, for their first ACC title since 2002. "I kind of let the game come to me and not try to force anything or push something that's not there," Danowski said.
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By Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2010
Steve Layne has an all-encompassing memory. As much as the senior defenseman for the No. 7 Loyola men's lacrosse team remembers locking down opposing attackmen, he also can recall some of his less-than-delightful performances. "There are games where I've gotten my fair share of licks in the past," Layne said. "I got lit up by [former Syracuse attackman] Mike Leveille and [former Duke attackman] Matt Danowski a couple years ago. Playing some of those real good guys when I was young prepared me for this."
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By GARY LAMBRECHT | May 28, 2007
Pace and fatigue How much gas does Duke have in its tank, and can it play at its preferred fast pace? The Blue Devils blew a 10-3 second-half lead against Cornell, largely because Duke lacks depth and it tired in the fourth quarter on a very hot day. Hopkins used three midfields and played five attackmen against Delaware, and would love to be within striking distance after three quarters. Battle for the ball Will Stephen Peyser and Jamison Koesterer take care of business in the faceoff game?
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,mike.preston@baltsun.com | May 15, 2009
During the previous two seasons, Duke coach John Danowski used the star system to fuel his offense - almost everything ran through All-America attackmen Matt Danowski and Zack Greer. The Blue Devils are using the same offensive system in 2009, but it's now built on balance and a team concept. A year ago, an opponent had a reasonable chance of beating Duke if it could stop or control Danowski or Greer. But who do you stop now? Do you face-guard attackmen Ned Crotty (21 goals, 47 assists)
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By Gary Lambrecht and Kevin Van Valkenburg and Gary Lambrecht and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun reporters | May 27, 2007
Since Monday, when they began to prepare to face Delaware in an NCAA tournament semifinal at M&T Bank Stadium, Johns Hopkins was obsessed with countering the Blue Hens' not-so-secret weapon. Yesterday, Hopkins sighed with relief after its mission was accomplished. Using the tag team of junior Stephen Peyser and senior Jamison Koesterer, the Blue Jays took on senior Alex Smith -- the best faceoff man in the game -- successfully in its 8-3 victory. Hopkins won eight of 15 faceoffs against Smith.
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By Mike Preston | May 31, 2010
After the winning goal hit the back of the net just five seconds into overtime, Duke coach John Danowski was walking up and down the sideline hugging everybody. An NCAA Division I men's lacrosse championship has been a long time coming for Danowski. First, there were his 21 years as coach at Hofstra and then the past four at Duke. The Duke era may have been the most painful because Danowski was supposed to win here. Now that he has, Danowski, 54, has proven that nice guys can finish first.
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By GARY LAMBRECHT | May 26, 2007
3 THINGS TO WATCH No lack of offense Cornell averages 14.14 goals per game, tops in Division I, and has five players with at least 30 points, led by Eric Pittard (32 goals, 29 assists) and David Mitchell (43, nine). Duke ranks third in scoring (12.8 goals), primarily because no one has the ability to dodge, shoot and pass like Matt Danowski (42 goals, 49 assists) and no one finishes as well as Zack Greer (63 goals). Meanwhile, in goal ... As high-powered as both offenses are, the senior goalies could have the final say. Cornell's Matt McMonagle and Duke's Dan Loftus combined for 28 saves in Cornell's 7-6 victory in March in Durham, N.C., and they each have been ranked among the top three in save percentage for much of the season.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com | May 23, 2009
A year ago, the "D" on the helmets of the Duke men's lacrosse team could have stood for "disrespect." Last season, the Blue Devils made the Final Four as the No. 1 seed with an 18-1 record, a 10-game winning streak and lofty expectations of capturing the school's first NCAA championship. They were also the targets of intense hostility from lacrosse fans critical of the NCAA's decision to grant an extra year of eligibility to 33 team members. Those players' 2006 season was cut short by the university after it investigated now-discredited sexual-assault allegations against three players.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com | May 23, 2009
A year ago, the "D" on the helmets of the Duke men's lacrosse team could have stood for "disrespect." Last season, the Blue Devils made the Final Four as the No. 1 seed with an 18-1 record, a 10-game winning streak and lofty expectations of capturing the school's first NCAA championship. They were also the targets of intense hostility from lacrosse fans critical of the NCAA's decision to grant an extra year of eligibility to 33 team members. Those players' 2006 season was cut short by the university after it investigated now-discredited sexual-assault allegations against three players.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,mike.preston@baltsun.com | May 15, 2009
During the previous two seasons, Duke coach John Danowski used the star system to fuel his offense - almost everything ran through All-America attackmen Matt Danowski and Zack Greer. The Blue Devils are using the same offensive system in 2009, but it's now built on balance and a team concept. A year ago, an opponent had a reasonable chance of beating Duke if it could stop or control Danowski or Greer. But who do you stop now? Do you face-guard attackmen Ned Crotty (21 goals, 47 assists)
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com | March 4, 2009
What's happened to Max Quinzani? Nothing, according to Quinzani. On paper, the junior attackman for the No. 15 Duke men's lacrosse team seems to have started slowly, scoring seven goals in four games. Last year, Quinzani scored 61 goals, the 13th-highest single-season total in NCAA history. Quinzani isn't concerned. "Coach [John Danowski] has prepared me for this," he said. "He knew what was coming, and he told me to get ready because he knew it wasn't going to be easy for me. I'm not going to be forgotten, and I'm sure everything will work out. Hopefully, I can get my feet back under me and pick up where I left off last year."
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By EDWARD LEE | May 24, 2008
No. 1 Duke (18-1) vs. No. 5 Johns Hopkins (10-5) Time -- 2:30 p.m. Site -- Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass. THREE THINGS TO WATCH Weathering the storm The Blue Devils have outscored opponents 145-56 in the first half. Johns Hopkins played Duke to a 4-4 tie in the second quarter April 5 before the Blue Devils cruised, 17-6. Whether the Blue Jays can slow Duke and keep the score in single digits might determine Johns Hopkins' fate. Focus on faceoffs Junior Sam Payton won 10 of 15 faceoffs to help the Blue Devils jump out early on the Blue Jays in their regular-season matchup, but Payton won only 12 of 23 faceoffs against Ohio State.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Reporter | March 9, 2008
As far as Loyola coach Charley Toomey was concerned, there is no question as to which team deserves the No. 1 national ranking in lacrosse. No. 2 Duke had just dismantled No. 13 Loyola, 21-8, on the Greyhounds' home turf. And the Blue Devils did it every way possible, with a flair that hasn't been seen since the days of the Gait brothers in the late 1980s at Syracuse. "They looked awfully good," said Toomey, repeatedly shaking his head in disbelief. "I don't know who is better at this point of the season."
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By EDWARD LEE | February 8, 2008
PROJECTED NCAA SEEDS 1. Duke Atlantic Coast Conference (17-3, NCAA tournament finals) Coach: John Danowski Second season 26th season overall, 236-142 TOP RETURNING SCORER MATT DANOWSKI Senior A (44 goals, 52 assists) ALSO BACK Zack Greer, senior M (67, 27) Ned Crotty, junior M (25, 8) Dan Loftus, senior G Nick O'Hara, senior LSM Tony McDevitt, senior D KEY ADDITIONS Zach Howell, freshman A Mike Manley, freshman D Tom Montelli, freshman D THE SUN'S TAKE Reigning Player of the Year Matt Danowski is not fully recovered from offseason surgery to repair a ligament in his right foot, and junior A Gibbs Fogarty is out for the season with an undisclosed injury.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Reporter | March 9, 2008
As far as Loyola coach Charley Toomey was concerned, there is no question as to which team deserves the No. 1 national ranking in lacrosse. No. 2 Duke had just dismantled No. 13 Loyola, 21-8, on the Greyhounds' home turf. And the Blue Devils did it every way possible, with a flair that hasn't been seen since the days of the Gait brothers in the late 1980s at Syracuse. "They looked awfully good," said Toomey, repeatedly shaking his head in disbelief. "I don't know who is better at this point of the season."
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By Sam Atkinson and Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 14, 2004
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."
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By GARY LAMBRECHT | May 28, 2007
Pace and fatigue How much gas does Duke have in its tank, and can it play at its preferred fast pace? The Blue Devils blew a 10-3 second-half lead against Cornell, largely because Duke lacks depth and it tired in the fourth quarter on a very hot day. Hopkins used three midfields and played five attackmen against Delaware, and would love to be within striking distance after three quarters. Battle for the ball Will Stephen Peyser and Jamison Koesterer take care of business in the faceoff game?
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By Gary Lambrecht and Kevin Van Valkenburg and Gary Lambrecht and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun reporters | May 27, 2007
Since Monday, when they began to prepare to face Delaware in an NCAA tournament semifinal at M&T Bank Stadium, Johns Hopkins was obsessed with countering the Blue Hens' not-so-secret weapon. Yesterday, Hopkins sighed with relief after its mission was accomplished. Using the tag team of junior Stephen Peyser and senior Jamison Koesterer, the Blue Jays took on senior Alex Smith -- the best faceoff man in the game -- successfully in its 8-3 victory. Hopkins won eight of 15 faceoffs against Smith.
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