Goalie Luke Aaron comes off bench to help No. 1 Duke beat No. 4 Denver
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke sophomore goalkeeper Luke Aaron came off the bench to record nine saves in the final three periods as the top-ranked Blue Devils posted a 14-10 win against fourth-ranked Denver on Saturday.
The Blue Devils improved to 2-0 while the Pioneers fell to 1-1.
Aaron took the reins in the Duke net to open the second period and allowed just three goals during the next 36-plus minutes as Duke pushed a 5-4 lead to a 14-7 advantage early in the fourth quarter. His previous career-best effort was a seven-save outing against Mercer on February 17, 2013.
Led by a career-high three tallies by Deemer Class, Duke received nine goals from its first and second midfield lines while faceoff specialist Brendan Fowler and longstick midfielder Luke Duprey added one marker apiece. After sitting out last week’s season opener, sophomore attackman Case Matheis posted two goals and two assists.
Denver was led by Zach Miller’s four-goal performance while Wesley Berg found the back of the net three times.
No. 6 Maryland 14, UMBC 3
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Senior Mike Chanenchuk paced the Terrapins with two goals and a career high three assists to lead the No. 6 Maryland to a 14-3 win against UMBC on Saturday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
Maryland (2-0) scored the first six goals of the game and held the Retrievers (0-1) scoreless for the first 37:05 minutes of the game.
Junior Charlie Raffa took all but one of Maryland’s faceoffs on the day going 12-for-20 while also collecting six groundballs.
For the second consecutive week the Terps dominated the groundball battle scooping up 40 groundballs compared to just 17 by UMBC. Maryland was led by senior defender Michael Ehrhardt, who scooped up six groundballs while adding three caused turnovers, as well.
Senior Niko Amato won his 37th career game in the cage and finished the day with eight saves.
No. 16 Loyola (Md.) 12, No. 7 Penn State 11 (OT)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Seventh-ranked Penn State came back from a four-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but No. 16 Loyola scored on its first shot in the extra frame for a 12-11 victory Saturday at Holuba Hall in front of 1,067 fans.
Penn State (1-1) attackman Shane Sturgis followed up his seven-point outing last week with a five-point afternoon against Loyola (1-1) by scoring three goals and two assists. Senior midfielder Kyle VanThof had a career day with four points on two goals and two assists to aid the Nittany Lion offense. Erik Myers and TJ Sanders added two goals each.
In overtime, Loyola won the opening faceoff and Nikko Pontrello's fifth goal of the year gave the Greyhounds their fifth consecutive win in the longtime series that saw its 53rd edition on Saturday. The Lions still lead the series 29-23-1.
Penn State owned many of the major statistical categories such as shots (41-30), ground balls (29-21), faceoff wins (15-12) and extra-man opportunities (2-for-4, 1-for-4). The Greyhounds were buoyed by a superior shot percentage (.400) and never allowing Penn State to hold a lead all game, which was tied on five different occasions. Penn State shot just 26.9 percent.