DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University went on a 5-0 run in the second quarter and outscored Loyola University Maryland, 8-1, during that period and the third as the 16th-ranked Blue Devils posted a 15-7 non-conference victory Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
The Greyhounds, who entered the game ranked 12th in the USILA coaches poll, took a 2-1 lead 7:19 in to the game as Brian Sherlock ran free down the left alley and scored overhand high.
Duke (5-2 overall), however, got two-straight goals starting with a man-up tally by Justin Guterding at 3:25. Joey Manown then worked topside from behind and shot low for a goal with 2:15 left in the frame that put the Blue Devils up 3-2.
With less than 15 seconds to play, Sherlock lost the handle in traffic on the right-side of the goal, but he found the ground ball and flicked it in for his second of the day with 9.6 seconds on the first-quarter clock to tie the game for the Greyhounds (3-3).
Brad Smith then started the Duke second-quarter run when he went low-to-low 1:16 into the stanza, and Manown added his second of the game three minutes later. Reilly Walsh added a goal at 9:41, and Smith tallied a score on a six-on-four extra-man possession at 4:38. Kyle Rowe won the ensuing faceoff for the Blue Devils, and he fed Jack Bruckner inside for a goal seven seconds after Smith’s tally to stretch the Duke lead to 8-3.
Neither team scored in the opening seven minutes of the second half until Pat Spencer recorded his second of the game for Loyola at 7:38, but Duke then reeled off three-consecutive goals as part of a 6-1 run.
Sherlock scored again after picking up a loose ball in a scrum with 13:20 left in regulation, making it 11-5 Blue Devils, but Duke tallied three in a row to put the game out of reach for Loyola.
Alex McGovern and Romar Dennis added late goals for the Greyhounds who had just one assist (Spencer) on the day.
Bruckner scored three times and had an assist for Duke, while Guterding and Manown each had three scores.
Loyola won the faceoff battle, going 15-of-26 on restarts, led by Graham Savio’s 12-of-22. Savio had seven ground balls to lead the Greyhounds as they had a 25-21 advantage off the floor. Mike Orefice went 3-of-4 on faceoffs and picked up three ground balls.
Duke’s Danny Fowler made 14 saves in goal as Loyola outshot the Blue Devils, 39-36, but Duke scored on 41.6 percent of its shots in the game.
The Greyhounds return to Patriot League action on Saturday, March 18, when they host the U.S. Naval Academy in a 1 p.m. game at Ridley Athletic Complex.