Loftus Nets 6 as No. 6 Duke Pummels Presbyterian

DURHAM, N.C.-Duke University freshman Eddie Loftus tallied six goals to lead the sixth-ranked Blue Devils to a 19-8 victory over visiting Presbyterian in men's lacrosse action this evening at Koskinen Stadium. Three different Blue Devils registered their first collegiate goals in the win.

Pushing its win streak to eight games with the 11-goal victory, Duke improves to 10-3 overall on the year. Presbyterian falls to 1-8.

Duke junior Tucker Virtue added a career-high three goals and an assist, while senior Will McKee handed out a career-best three assists. Fourteen different players scored at least one point and five had at least two points.

The Blue Hose were led on offense by DJ Brown's three scores.

After winning the opening faceoff, the Blue Devils wasted no time in going to the cage as Virtue tallied his first marker of the year just 11 seconds into the contest. The native of Rye, N.Y., added another one 3:20 later to help Duke on its way to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter.

Loftus notched his first goal of the game 1:45 into the second frame before the Blue Hose responded with two unanswered to make it a 6-3 contest. Loftus chipped in two more in the quarter and senior Matt Anderson registered his first career goal as the Blue Devils went on a five-goal run in the final seven minutes for an 11-3 advantage at halftime.

The Duke offense continued to roll in the third quarter, registering seven goals to go in front 18-7 after 45 minutes of action. Senior Andrew Rullan earned his first career score with an unassisted tally midway through the stanza.

Presbyterian and Duke both scored once in the final session. Sophomore Scot Meyer posted the Blue Devil score, while Patrick Foy got on the board for the Blue Hose.

Duke outshot Presbyterian 50-19 for the game and won the ground ball battle 42-20. Anchored by the play of Terrence Molinari at the faceoff X, Duke won 22 of 31 restarts. Molinari went 13 of 18 and Brandon Allen was 5 of 8 overall.

Duke was 3 of 4 on extra-man opportunities, while Presbyterian was 1 of 3. In goal, Duke split the 60 minutes between three goalkeepers. Senior Devon Sherwood earned the win and made two stops, while Max Wygod and Mike Rock also saw significant minutes. Jon Athens went the distance and had 12 saves for Presbyterian.

The Blue Devils close out ACC regular season play on April 17 at top-ranked Virginia at 8:30 p.m. The game will be televised live by ESPNU.

2010-04-10



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