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Sawyer Scores Five, But #15 Duke Tops #10 Men's Lacrosse

March 11, 2011

Final Stats

DURHAM, N.C. - Loyola University Maryland's Mike Sawyer scored five goals for the second game in a row, but Duke University scored the game's first nine goals and despite a late run by the 10th ranked Greyhounds, the 15th-ranked Blue Devils defeated the visiting Greyhounds, 14-9, on Friday night at Koskinen Stadium.

The loss was Loyola's first of the season following three victories to open the season.

Duke (3-2 overall) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in just over 20 minutes, as Jordan Wolf scored three times in the first quarter, and David Lawson tallied a goal in transition with 9:48 to go in the second quarter.

Christian Walsh then made it 5-0 with an unassisted goal 3:50 before the half.

Loyola's Pat Laconi appeared to cause a Duke turnover with less than 20 seconds to play, but Zach Howell came up with the ground ball, and he scored to put the Blue Devils up with 11 seconds to play left in the first half.

After the break, Justin Turri scored for Duke 2:10 into the third frame, and Howell then registered his second and third goals, the latter coming with 11:27 remaining in the quarter.

Mike Sawyer finally broke through for the Greyhounds, taking a Davis Butts pass and scoring 50 seconds after Howell's tally.

A Duke penalty then led to Loyola's second goal, as Matt Langan then fed Sawyer who scored an extra-man goal with 9:27 on the clock.

C.J. Costable snapped the Greyhounds' brief run, winning the face-off and scoring six seconds following Sawyer's goal.

Neither team scored for nearly seven minutes until Loyola had two shots miss with just under three seconds to go in the third. Butts had a shot saved by Dan Wigrizer, but Butts picked up the ground ball and fed Sawyer who recorded the hat trick with his third goal of the game.

Duke's Robert Rotanz scored on extra-man, pushing the Blue Devils' lead back to eight, 11-3, but Langan took a Chris Basler pass less than 50 seconds into the fourth quarter to make it 11-4.

Howell tallied his fourth of the night with 9:42 to play for Duke's 12th goal.

Following that, however, Loyola reeled off four goals unanswered. Pat Byrnes scored with 5:26 left in the fourth quarter, and after John Schiavone won the ensuing faceoff, Sawyer tallied his fourth goal of the game 19 ticks later.

Duke had two penalties that gave Loyola an extra-man possession, and Patrick Fanshaw was on the receiving end of a Langan pass, and the sophomore attacker scored to make it 12-7 in Duke's favor with 3:55 to play.

Schiavone then won the next face-off to himself, picked up the ground ball and raced down the middle of the field, scoring his first goal of the year to make it 12-8 with 3:49 left.

Duke snapped the rally, however, with an extra-man goal by Josh Offit with 2:20 to play. Wolf then scored his fourth for the Blue Devils with 51 ticks on the clock.

Sawyer registered his fifth for the second-straight game, scoring with 30 seconds left. He also scored five last Saturday against Bellarmine.

Loyola outshot the Blue Devils, 34-31, but Wigrizer made 13 saves for Duke. Jake Hagelin tallied eight saves in goal for the Greyhounds.

Schiavone won 14-of-23 face-offs for the Loyola and led all players with nine ground balls. The game, however, was the first time this season that the Greyhounds have come out on the losing side of the ground ball battle. Duke picked up 39 to Loyola's 27.

The Greyhounds return to Baltimore for the first-ever night men's lacrosse game at Ridley Athletic Complex. They host ECAC foe Denver University on Wednesday at 7 o'clock.