Duke Blows Out Johns Hopkins Behind Greer's Six Goals
Duke's Zack Greer celebrates his 6th goal of the game with assist from Matt Danowski. Greer finished with 6 goals and 1 assist to lead the Blue Devils (along with Senior Matt Danowski) with 7 points. The Duke Blue Devils dominated the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays with a score of 17-6 at Koskinen Stadium. Yuchen Nie - DC Sports Box
Durham, NC - In the rematch of last year's NCAA Championship game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins, it would be Duke who prevailed this time. The game also featured two of college lacrosse's best players including Matt Danowski, Tewaaraton Trophy winner, and Paul Rabil, Tewaaraton Trophy finalist. The win for Duke is their third straight; Duke improves to 11-1 with the victory, while Johns Hopkins dropped its fifth straight and falls to 3-5. Seniors Matt Danowski and Zack Greer lead Duke in terms of points; Danowski had 6 assists and 1 goal while Greer had 6 goals and 1 assist. Hopkins was lead by Kevin Huntley with 2 goals and 2 assists.
Johns Hopkins started off the game strong; winning the face-off and claiming a 1-0 lead two minutes into the game with an unassisted goal by Kevin Huntley. However, the goal would not spark anything as Duke responded with three goals by Danowski, Max Quinzani and Ned Crotty to put the Blue Devils up 3-1. 
During the 2nd quarter, the Jays had a 3-1 run to tie the game at 4-4 at 8:38. Hopkins scored the latter two goals back-to-back in just 24 seconds and the last of these goals was scored by Paul Rabil, who fired a shot from the right wing; Rabil was assisted by Kevin Huntly.
   However, the scoring for Hopkins would halt there and lose any momentum they gained during this period. Duke started to dominate the game soon after; on the next face-off, Parker McKee, a long-stick midfielder for Duke picked up the ground ball on the face-off and fired a shot to start a 9-0 run with a goal at the 8:25 left in the half. Max Quinzani and Brad Ross (from Danowski) then scored man-up goals to increase the lead to 7-4. Then Ned Crotty would hook around the back of the goal and fire a shot with 32 seconds remaining before halftime that had Duke ahead with a score of 8-4.

During the 2nd quarter, Hopkins could not put the ball in the back of the net despite having 6 penalties from Duke. Part of the reason was their poor passing; Hopkins players often dropped passes, which lead to turnovers and fast-break opportunities for Duke. However, part of the reason can be attributed to the wet weather conditions, which causes a greater tendency for the ball to whipped during release.

The third quarter belong to Duke as they went on a 6-1 run to put the game away. Max Quinzani of Duke continued their run in the 3rd quarter with his second goal of the game from an assist by Matt Danowski. Then Zack Greer scored back-to-back goals under a minute each to put the Blue Devils up 11-4. Hopkins' Matt Bocklet finally stopped the run by a goal off the face-off. However, Duke's face-off man Sam Payton picked up the ground ball during the ensuing face-off to and fired it into the goal to quickly answer back.
During the third quarter, Hopkins rarely had any possessions of the ball due to poor stick skills and Duke's agressive offense when it came to riding the clears. After the game ended, Senior attack Matt Danowski described the emotion of losing the ball while running the offensive and the fury they possess to get the ball back.

After the 6-1 run by Duke in the 3rd quarter, Hopkins had very little chance of coming back, and the hope was further cut down by Zack Greer, who drove to the goal to put the Blue Devils 15-5 with under 13 minutes left to play. Hopkins' Kevin Huntley scored Hopkins' final goal off an assist from Brian Christopher with 11:50 remaining in the final quarter. Greer answered by scoring twice in a three-minute span (both goals were assisted by Matt Danowski) thereafter, the Devils took out their starters and put in reserve players midway through the final quarter.

Despite being dominated by Duke and falling to a abysmal record of 3-5, Duke's head coach John Danowski is confident that the Blue Jays will turn their season around and find some way of making the tournament and making a run during that time. The turn around for Hopkins must happen soon as they only have their backs against the wall with only five games left to play, with their next game against Maryland at Homewood.