March 7, 2009
Durham, N.C. - Senior attackman Shane Koppens' fourth goal of the afternoon pulled No. 14 Loyola inside one with 7:27 to play, but 13th-ranked Duke held the Greyhounds scoreless the rest of the way and the Blue Devils added an insurance goal to take an 11-9 victory on Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
Following Koppens' fifth point on four goals--one short of his career-high in both categories---Loyola trimmed the Duke lead to 10-9 and looked to have momentum, threatening on several chances deep in Duke territory. But a goal by Ned Crotty with 3:10 left to play put the Blue Devils up by two, and they were able to run out the clock late-- thanks in part to a Loyola penalty--to end the Greyhounds' three-game winning streak in front of 2,098 fans.
"I thought our team played awfully hard and what you saw out there were two evenly matched teams," Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey said. "What is important is how we respond to this, and I'm confident we will respond well with the type of character our guys have."
Following three periods of back-and-forth action, the teams entered the fourth period tied at 7 apiece. Loyola (3-2, 1-0 ECAC) would quickly break through with a Collin Finnerty extra-man goal just 31 seconds into the period. The attackman got into the soft spot of the defense and took a Chris Basler feed, beating Duke's Rob Schroeder to the near-side for an 8-7 lead.
Duke (4-2) answered with a 3-0 spurt to go up 10-8. Attackman Max Quinzani scored the first two in the run--with one coming on a man-up opportunity-and Steve Schoeffel closed it out with an unassisted tally with 9:26 remaining, providing a two-goal cushion that Loyola ultimately couldn't close into. Quinzani led the Blue Devils with three goals and midfielder Mike Catalino two, while Crotty distributed a team-high four assists.
The Greyhounds jumped out aggressively from the whistle, outshooting Duke 3-0 in the first four minutes and earning an Eric Lusby extra-man goal 5:28 in. He took a Koppens feed and converted a bouncing shot to give the Hounds an early 1-0 advantage.
Sophomore midfielder Chris Basler would quickly double the Loyola lead minutes later, slipping in his attempt low and away for his first goal of the season.
Catalino cut the margin in half with 1:36 to play and to add insult, the Blue Devils earned a slashing penalty on the play. But Loyola's John Schiavone won the ensuing face-off and the Greyhounds staved off the man-down attempt--thanks in part to a pair of Jake Hagelin saves-- to carry a 2-1 lead into the second.
Duke's Brad Ross found the net just 0:46 into the second period, firing a shot from 18 yards out on a man-up opportunity to knot the teams at 2-2. A Koppens putaway gave Loyola back the lead, as the attackman found himself with a 1-on-1 opportunity and buried his attempt from within five feet.
Duke, though, would take its first lead of the game, 4-3, with a pair of goals from Will McKee and a man-up tally from Quinzani over a 1:30 span. The Blue Devils scored three of their first four goals with an extra man on the field.
Hagelin made seven saves in the first half, including a pair of point-blank efforts, as Loyola took a one-goal deficit into intermission.
Duke's Sam Payton won the face-off to begin the second half and attackman Justin Turri took advantage with a score, giving the Blue Devils a two-goal advantage, 5-3.
Koppens, though, would have a pair of quick responses. Just 14 seconds after face-off, he drove from behind the goal into the left alley and beat Schroeder high to pull Loyola within one. He would follow up less than a minute later with an unassisted strike, knotting the teams at five apiece.
A Zach Howell goal provided Duke with a 6-5 lead, but then the Greyhound's Cooper MacDonnell went to work. The junior attackman scored a pair of tallies less than a minute apart to lift Loyola up, 7-6, with over a minute left in the third. Duke's Mike Catalino ended the period with a goal with 0:16 to play, though, knotting the teams for the sixth time on the afternoon.
Duke outshot Loyola 36-27 and won the groundball margin, 29-22. Schiavone scooped a game-high seven groundballs and senior long-stick middie P.T. Ricci added five. Schiavone split his face-offs, going 11-of-22, and Hagelin finished up with 10 saves.
With this their third consecutive road game, the Greyhounds make a much-needed return to Baltimore, where they will face Bryant on Tuesday. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.