Duke is going to the NCAA men's lacrosse Final Four 1 year after having its season suspended. Delaware is going for the first time in school history.
Zack Greer had seven goals and three assists to help top-seeded Duke rally to a 19-11 victory over No. 8 North Carolina in the NCAA quarterfinals yesterday in Annapolis, Md.
Matt Danowski assisted on five of the goals scored by Greer, a junior from Canada who established a career-high with 10 points and posted the second-highest goal total in NCAA quarterfinal history. The lefthander consistently found openings in front of the goal and finished with short, accurate shots.
Danowski had a career-high 10 points on four goals and six assists for Duke (16-2), which will meet fourth-seeded Cornell (15-0) in Saturday's national semifinals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Cornell advanced with a 12-11 overtime victory over Albany Saturday in Princeton, N.J.
Max Quinzani scored three goals for the Blue Devils, who came back from an early 6-1 deficit.
Duke advances to the Final Four for the third time in program history 1 year after suspending its men's lacrosse season amid rape allegations against three players. Those rape charges were dismissed in December, and charges of kidnapping and sexual assault were dropped in April.
School officials restored men's lacrosse to varsity status this season and Duke has responded with the second-highest victory total in program history.
The coach of the Blue Devils is John Danowski, the father of Matt. John Danowski was hired last summer to replace former coach Mike Pressler, who resigned soon after the rape allegations were made.
John Danowski, formerly the head coach at Hofstra, was asked yesterday what it was like to coach his son.
"People told me it would be the best experience of my life, and they were right,'' he said.
Said Matt: "It is special because he knows me better than anyone else, he knows when to ride me and when to give me a minute to cool off. I also get to bust his chops because I have been here 2 years and he has only been here for 1.''
Delaware earned its berth with a 10-6 victor over Maryland-Baltimore County yesterday in Annapolis.
Midfielders Jordan Hall and Dan Deckelbaum scored three goals apiece for the Blue Hens (13-5), who face third-seeded Johns Hopkins (11-4) in the semifinals. Hopkins advanced with a 14-6 victory over Georgetown Saturday in Princeton.
"This is such a special moment for our program and the University of Delaware," said 29-year head coach Bob Shillinglaw. "Hopefully, this is a big steppingstone for our program. We just seem to keep playing at another level . . . This is such a great group because they all seem to be playing on the same wavelength."
Delaware scored four of the first five goals in the second half to break a 3-3 halftime tie and posted its seventh consecutive victory. *