March 12, 2005
Durham, N.C. - Loyola's men's lacrosse team gave No. 4 Duke all it could handle on Saturday afternoon in Durham, N.C. The Greyhounds, who rallied with three goals in the fourth quarter, nearly upset the Blue Devils, but drop another heartbreaker to another ranked team and fall 6-5 at Koskinen Stadium.
Loyola controlled the tempo early with a few good possessions to start the game. After a failed extra-man opportunity for the Greyhounds, however, Duke countered with the first points of the afternoon as freshman Zack Greer scored his nation-leading 22nd goal of the year.
Senior Craig Georgalas tied the game at 7:12 of the first quarter with his first goal this season and goalie Michael Fretwell kept the game tied with several key saves in the first stanza. The Blue Devils, however scored two times to the end the quarter, including a goal from Bret Thompson with 37 seconds left on the clock, and led 3-1 after 15 minutes of play.
A scoreless second quarter that left Fretwell with seven first-half saves quickly turned into a 4-1 Duke advantage with a goal from Dan Flannery less than one minute into the second half. Freshman Shane Koppens cut the deficit to two goals with drive at dump shot at 9:40 and the Greyhounds were back in business.
After several near goals from the Loyola attack, including a point-blank shot from Andrew Spack, a diving attempt from Matt Monfett and a few nice looks from Koppens, the Blue Devils won the momentum back with a goal from Greer at 2:33 of the third quarter. Ryan Marshall scored 23 seconds later and Duke built a 6-2 lead heading into the final quarter.
Once again, the Greyhounds responded and trailed by only two goals when Monfett and sophomore Joe Landry scored back-to-back goals less than a minute apart. Monfett, who transferred from Duke prior the 2003 season, scored on a turnaround jump shot at 12:23 and Landry followed with laser into the upper right corner of the cage at 11:37.
Loyola seemed to have the Blue Devils on the ropes for much of the fourth quarter, but a few nice saves from goalie Aaron Fenton and a couple shots that just missed the cage kept the deficit at two goals heading into the final minute of regulation.
With 41 seconds left in the game, sophomore Jordan Rabidou muscled his way to the goal and beat Fenton with a low shot. The goal, which put Loyola down by one, silenced the Duke faithful while the ensuing faceoff, also won by Loyola, had the Greyhounds in position to shock the fourth-ranked Blue Devils.
Freshman Paul Richards, who raced the ball downfield, had a good look at the goal and went for the tie with 29 seconds on the clock. Fenton made the save and kept Duke undefeated despite Loyola's furious rally.
The Greyhounds won all four fourth-quarter faceoffs, cleared the ball in all four of their fourth-quarter attempts and out-shot Duke 14-1 in the final stanza. Loyola finished the game with a 37-31 shot advantage, a 36-26 edge in groundballs and won 8-of-15 faceoffs. Fretwell finished with 10 saves while Fenton made 12 for the Blue Devils.
With the win, Duke improves to 6-0 while Loyola drops to 0-3. The Greyhounds, who have now lost three games to three ranked teams by a total of five goals this season, return home and face Wagner this Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.