Feb. 28, 2010

Courtesy of Duke

DURHAM, N.C.--Duke senior attackman Max Quinzani tallied six goals and two assists to lead the eighth-ranked Blue Devils to a 16-11 win over Pennsylvania in men's lacrosse action this afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. Duke scored eight goals in the fourth quarter to come away with the five-goal victory.

Quinzani caught fire in the fourth quarter, scoring three of Duke's (2-1) final four goals of the game. The native of Duxbury, Mass., registered three markers in a span of 2:34 to finish with a game-high eight points. The Blue Devils overall scored five unanswered in the final 4:24 of the game to break open the 11-11 tie.

"It's a 60 minute game," head coach John Danowski said. "You just have to keep playing, keep hustling. When things aren't going your way you have to get back to your fundamentals and get back to basic things. Whether on offense it's possession or ground balls or defensively being individual technique on the ball."

Penn (0-1) garnered the early advantage, going up 4-1 after the opening 15 minutes behind a balanced attack with three different goal scorers. Dan Savage led the way for the Quakers in the opening frame with consecutive goals that put Penn up 3-1. Savage finished the game with three points from two tallies and an assist.

"I thought our kids today did a good job of just continuing to play hard," Danowski said. "Nobody freaking, no yelling or gnashing of teeth or anything, just continue to play and work hard. They just kept their composure and I'm really proud of them for that."

Duke senior Ned Crotty got the first of his four points of the day to start the second stanza and pull the Blue Devils within two scores. However, Penn answered by firing home three of the game's next four goals to take its biggest lead of the day at 6-2 with 9:42 left in the second quarter.

Needing a score, Quinzani hit the first of his six tallies minutes later when junior defenseman Michael Manley collected an outlet pass on a fast break and fed the Duke attackman for the score to make it 6-3.

Once again it was the Quakers answering Duke's call as Rob McMullen got the first of his two scores of the afternoon to push the lead back to four with 5:46 left until the break.

Sophomore midfielder Rob Rotanz closed out the first half scoring as he rifled an unassisted goal past Penn goalie Chris Casey to send Duke into the locker room down 7-4.

The Blue Devils picked up steam right off the bat in the third quarter when Crotty posted his second goal of the afternoon to make it 7-5 just 1:08 into the session. Just like they had done through the first two quarters, the Quakers quickly responded with a score from McMullen to stretch the lead back to three, 8-5.

That's when Quinzani started to take over for the Blue Devils. Trailing by three goals, the senior captain had a hand in Duke's next four goals that eventually evened the score 9-9 just seconds into the fourth stanza.

Freshman attackman Josh Offit also provided a big spark to Duke to start the fourth quarter. He fired home a Quinzani pass for his first collegiate point and then 47 seconds later he dropped in a feed from Will McKee to give Duke its first lead of the game, 10-9.

After senior Jonathan Livadas gave Duke an 11-9 advantage with a man-up goal with 13:17 left to play, the Quakers received consecutive goals from Julian Maldonado and John Conneely to make it an 11-11 draw with 9:27 remaining on the clock.

Nearly five minutes ticked away with neither team getting on the board. Duke's Steve Schoeffel was the first to step up as he tallied his first point of the season with what proved to be the game-winning goal. Crotty provided the assist.

Quinzani would take over after that, scoring three of the next four goals, with senior Zach Howell sandwiching in a score of his own. Eleven different Blue Devils finished with at least one point on the day.

Duke held a 39-28 advantage in shots and outshot the Quakers 25-9 in the second half. Restarts were an even battle with both squads taking home 15 wins. Senior Sam Payton took the majority of the draws, winning 11-of-21, while Penn's Justin Lynch with 13-of-28.

The extra-man offenses for both squads were outstanding as Penn went 2-for-2 on extra man opportunities and Duke posted a 4-of-6 mark.

In goal, rookie Dan Wigrizer made eight stops for the Blue Devils. Casey had 10 stops for the Quakers.

Duke opens ACC play on March 6 against Maryland in the annual Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic in Baltimore. Faceoff is set for 11 a.m., at M&T Bank Stadium.