March 26, 2005
Flannery's Five Goals Guide No. 3 Duke Past No. 5 Georgetown, 12-3
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Duke's starting attackmen -- Matt Danowski, Dan Flannery and Zack Greer -- combined for nine goals and seven assists to lead third-ranked Duke to a 12-3 victory over fifth-ranked Georgetown in men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C.
The win pushes the Blue Devils to 9-0 on the year, matching school records for wins to open a season and consecutive victories set by the 1999 Duke team. Duke improves to 3-0 on the road this season with wins over three teams -- Georgetown, Maryland and North Carolina -- that participated in last year's NCAA Tournament. Duke also snaps a four-game losing skid to Georgetown. The Hoyas, who had won four in a row entering the weekend, fall to 4-2.
"Today was as good of a total team effort as we've put together in quite a while," Duke head coach Mike Pressler said. "We played hard from the opening whistle to the final horn, and our unselfishness really showed on the offensive end. I thought our defense was outstanding, especially Michael Ward with the short stick. Every time Georgetown would make a little run, we answered."
Danowski put the Blue Devils on top for good less than four minutes into the game, scoring off a feed from Flannery. Just over two minutes later, Kyle Dowd found the back of the net for a 2-0 advantage. Early in the second period, Greer scored on an assist from Danowski and then Flannery and Bret Thompson recorded goals just 16 seconds apart, pushing the lead to 5-0 with 8:13 left in the quarter.
Georgetown got on the board at the 6:57 mark of the second quarter when Sean Denihan tallied an unassisted goal, but Duke responded by winning the ensuing face-off and Greer's goal with 6:49 left pushed the Blue Devil lead back to five goals. Nick O'Hara closed out the first half with his first goal of the year, sending the teams into intermission with Duke ahead, 7-1.
The Hoyas struck first in the third quarter as Trevor Casey scored on a pass from Denihan, but Flannery scored four goals to lead a 5-0 Duke run that gave the Blue Devils a 12-2 cushion with 5:56 remaining in the contest. Andrew Baird's goal with just over two minutes left accounted for the final margin.
Flannery's five goals mark a career single-game best for the junior from Garden City, N.Y., and increase his season goal total to 19. He now has 10 goals and three assists over his past three games. Greer entered the game with an NCAA-leading 26 goals and finished with three tallies along with two assists, and the rookie paces Duke in scoring on the year with 35 points on 29 goals and six assists. Danowski's five points against the Hoyas bump his season totals to 33 points on 14 goals and 19 assists, and give the sophomore 14 total points (4 goals & 10 assists) over the past three contests.
Sophomore defenseman Casey Carroll, who sat out Tuesday's win over Vermont nursing an injured foot, secured a game-high eight ground balls while Greer and O'Hara both were credited with five.
Duke goalkeeper Aaron Fenton registered 13 saves against two goals allowed in 55:39 of action before giving way to Dan Loftus (1 save & 1 goal allowed in 4:21). Georgetown's Rich D'Andrea had 10 saves against 12 goals surrendered.
From Duke release.
Duke's Dan Oppedisano
Duke's Aaron Fenton
Duke's Aaron Fenton
Duke's Matt Danowski to Zack Greer
Duke's Bret Thompson
Georgetown's Sean Denihan
Duke's Zack Greer
Duke's Nick O'Hara
Duke's Matt Danowski to Dan Flannery again!
Duke's Zach Greer to Dan Flannery
Duke's Matt Danowski to Zack Greer again!
Duke's Aaron Fenton again!
Duke's Matt Zash
Duke's Matt Zash to Dan Flannery
Duke's Duke's Matt Danowski to Dan Flannery again!
Georgetown's Matt Wilson to Andrew Baird
Georgetown's Scott Kahoe