BALTIMORE – Duke University scored seven-straight goals in a run that spanned both halves, and the third-ranked Blue Devils topped No. 6 Loyola University Maryland in a 13-9 non-conference decision on Saturday at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The Greyhounds took a 4-2 lead with 9:47 to go in the second quarter when Jay Drapeau threw a pass to Kevin Lindley at the end of a transition run, and Lindley converted an overhand shot from the right slot.
Duke (6-1), however, reeled off four unanswered goals to close the half, taking a 6-4 lead into the locker room when Peter Conley tallied a goal with 9.9 seconds on the second-quarter clock. Conley then opened the second half with a goal 57 seconds into the frame.
The lead stayed at 7-4 for the Blue Devils for nearly nine minutes before Justin Guterding found an opening in the Loyola zone to score off a Conley assist at 5:27. Duke pushed its advantage to five, 9-4, a minute later when Peter Welch caused a turnover, cleared it into the offensive end and threw to Joe Robertson for a goal.
Loyola (4-2) responded with a goal at 3:16 off a ride. Aidan Olmstead forced a bad Blue Devils pass that floated into the box where Drapeau scooped it up and scored to pull Loyola within four.
Brad Smith and Conley, however, scored the next two goals or Duke with Conley’s at 13:46 in the fourth quarter making it 11-6 Blue Devils. The duo combined for eight goals and four assists as each had four and two.
Loyola battled back to cut its deficit to four, 11-7, as John Duffy and Peter Swindell scored goals.
Duffy used a pick at the top of the box to create space, slipped a check and sent a 15-yard low-to-low shot into the goal at 12:45. Swindell tallied a goal 41 ticks of the clock later as Pat Spencer threw across the Duke defense to Swindell running down the right alley where he delivered an overhand strike from inside 10 yards.
The later goal made it 11-7 Duke, but the Blue Devils responded off the ensuing faceoff with a Robertson goal 11 seconds later. Conley then scored at 8:51 to push the lead to six.
Matt Higgins tallied his first career goal at 4:46, finishing a transition run by catching an Olmstead feed on the fly for a goal at 4:46, and Duffy tallied his third of the game, matching his career-high, with 2:02 to go in regulation.
Drapeau and Duffy each finished with three goals for the Greyhounds, while Drapeau added an assist for four points. Spencer had a game-high three assists, and he also set a career-best with three caused turnovers as the Greyhounds forced seven failed clears by Duke.
Spencer and Drapeau teamed to open the game’s scoring on an extra-man opportunity less than two minutes into action. Drapeau took a Spencer pass on the left side of the crease and converted a low-angle shot at 13:24 to put the Greyhounds on the board.
Smith tied the game with an unassisted goal at 11:23, but Duffy then tallied his first of the game at 9:34. Spencer faked a pass left on extra-man and threw to Duffy on the right where Duffy face-dodged his defender and got underneath for his first of three.
Drapeau made it 3-1 Greyhounds with 4:14 to go in the first quarter off sharp passing by Loyola. Olmstead restarted behind the cage and beat his man above goal-line. He skipped a pass over the defense to Spencer at the top of the right alley, and Spencer ran down the lane where he threw a pass to Drapeau cutting across the face of the goal.
Duke had a 38-30 advantage in shots, but the Blue Devils had a season-high 22 turnovers. Loyola was credited with 15 caused turnovers with Spencer and Foster Huggins both recording three.
Huggins also held Duke’s leading scorer Justin Guterding scoreless when matched-up in man-defense. Guterding, who finished with a goal and an assist that came in zone and man-up offense, respectively, entered the game first nationally with 3.83 goals per game and second with 7.33 points.
Loyola returns to Patriot League action on Saturday, March 17, when it makes the short trip to Annapolis, Maryland, to face the U.S. Naval Academy at 1:30 p.m. in a CBS Sports Network broadcast.