Brad Smith scored with 66 seconds left in the first half off of a Joe Robertson assist, and he added his second 1:25 into the third quarter.
Nakeie Montgomery and Kevin Quigley each scored once, and Joey Manown added his third and fourth goals of the game to push the Blue Devils’ lead to 11-3 with 44 seconds left in the third quarter.
Bailey Savio, who had nine ground balls and went 13 of 22 on faceoffs for Loyola, stopped the run by winning the opening draw of the fourth quarter and going to goal for his first score of the season. That sparked a 4-0 Loyola run, but the Greyhounds ran out of time.
Chase Scanlan scored a man-up goal off a feed from Pat Spencer (Boys’ Latin) at 8:39 and assisted on the next two Loyola goals, throwing to Aidan Olmstead and John Duffy for scores at 4:01 and 3:05 that made it a four-goal game before Robertson scored the final goal with under 90 seconds left.
Duke (6-1) had a 43-22 shot advantage, and the Blue Devils controlled the ground balls 35-19, despite Savio outperforming Duke on faceoffs.
Scanlan finished with three goals and two assists for the Greyhounds.
Jacob Stover made 15 saves in goal for the Greyhounds (4-2), giving him 110 in Loyola’s last seven games, an average of 15.7 per contest.
Spencer had a goal and two assists, driving his career point total to 306. He moved past former Duke standout Jordan Wolf (2011-14) and Siena’s Tony Asterino (1978-81) and into sole possession of 13th place on the NCAA Division I career points list. He is five shy of tying the school record of 311 set by Gary Hanley (1978-81).
The Greyhounds will have the weekend off before playing their next game March 16 against visiting Army at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Mercer at Mount St. Mary’s, 3
(at Charlotte, N.C.)
No. 1 Towson vs. Jacksonville, 5:30
No. 2 Cornell vs. No. 4 Penn State, 7
Philly 4 Classic
Drexel vs. St. Joseph’s, 5
Penn at No. 11 Villanova, 7:30
Kent State at No. 12 Michigan, 5
No. 13 Denver at Fairfield, 2
Colorado at at No. 16 Stanford, 9