Senior attackman Shane Koppens' fourth goal of the afternoon pulled No. 19 Loyola within one with 7:27 to play, but 15th-ranked Duke held the Greyhounds scoreless the rest of the way and the host Blue Devils added an insurance goal to take an 11-9 victory yesterday at Koskinen Stadium.
After Koppens' fifth point on four goals - one short of his career high in both categories - Loyola trimmed Duke's lead to 10-9 and looked to have momentum, threatening on several chances deep in Blue Devils 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 an announced 2,098.
"I thought our team played awfully hard and what you saw out there were two evenly matched teams," Loyola 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."
The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 7. Loyola (3-2) quickly broke through with an extra-man goal by Collin Finnerty just 31 seconds into the period. The attackman got into the soft spot of the defense and took a feed rom Chris Basler, 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 gap Loyola ultimately couldn't close. Quinzani led the Blue Devils with three goals, midfielder Mike Catalino had two, and Crotty recorded a team-high four assists.
NO. 17 NAVY 14, LAFAYETTE 9:: Sophomore attackman Andy Warner scored a career-high three goals, and rookie goalie RJ Wickham made a career-high 14 saves to lead the Midshipmen (4-2, 1-1 Patriot League) to a victory over the visiting Leopards (2-2, 0-1).
WASHINGTON & LEE 9, WASHINGTON COLLEGE 3:: A 5-0 run in the first half was more than enough for the Generals (4-0) in their win over the host Shoremen (3-1).
MCDANIEL 18, VIRGINIA WESLEYAN 7:: Deane Mellor, DJ Rickels and Gibbs Preston recorded hat tricks for the Green Terror (3-0) in its win over the visiting Marlins (2-3).
STEVENSON 16, URSINUS 7:: Richie Ford, Greg Furshman and Nicola Bevacqua led the Mustangs (4-0) with three goals each in their win over the host Bears (1-2).
WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON 14, HOOD 9:: Freshman Troy Hubbard scored a career-high four goals, but it was not enough as the visiting Blazers (1-4) fell to the Presidents (1-1).
ROANOAKE 16, ST. MARY'S 10:: The Seahawks (1-2) fell behind 6-1 in the first period in their loss to the host Maroons (6-0).