Duke Faces Dartmouth on Tuesday
Just four days after beating Penn State by nine, Duke returns to Koskinen Stadium to host Ivy League foe Dartmouth ... The game is the second midweek contest for the Blue Devils this season ... Duke is 0-1 in middle of the week tilts after losing to North Carolina on March 10 ... Dartmouth last played on Friday, March 19 in Chapel Hill.
Duke-Dartmouth Series History
Duke and Dartmouth are squaring off for the 13th time with the Blue Devils holding a perfect 12-0 record against the Big Green ... The two teams last faced off in 2009 at Stony Brook University with Duke coming away with a 12-6 win ... Duke is 8-0 all-time against Dartmouth in the month of March and 7-0 in Durham versus the Big Green.
A Win Over Dartmouth Would
- Be the program's 444th all-time victory
- Keep Duke perfect against Dartmouth at 13-0
- Push the Blue Devils over .500 at 4-3
- Be John Danowski's 274th career victory and 55th at Duke
- Be Duke's second win over an Ivy League foe this season
Duke Against the Ivy League
Duke is 43-34-1 all-time against Ivy League schools in lacrosse ... The Blue Devils own winning records against three of the seven schools Duke has faced during its lacrosse history and has the most wins against Dartmouth.
Duke is riding a two-game win streak heading into the midweek contest ... The Blue Devils most recently defeated Penn State 20-11 at Koskinen Stadium ... Senior Max Quinzani paces the offense with an ACC-best 27 goals and 31 points overall ... Linemates Ned Crotty and Zach Howell have 28 and 25 points, respectively, with Crotty leading the conference with 22 assists ... Senior defenseman Parker McKee is tops on the team with 18 caused turnovers and owns the most ground balls in the league with 47 ... Faceoff duties are split between sophomore CJ Costabile and senior Sam Payton ... Costabile is 40-of-75 (.533), while Payton is 36-of-73 (493) ... In goal, freshman Dan Wigrizer sports a 10.52 goals against average and a .510 save percentage in 405 minutes of action ... Duke is 2-2 at home this season.
Dartmouth comes to Durham with a 2-2 record after falling to North Carolina 15-6 in Chapel Hill ... Ari Sussman is the Big Green's top scorer with 18 points (9g, 9a), while Josh Etzion owns a team-best 10 goals and 15 points overall ... Chris Costabile is the only other double digit scorer with 10 points ... Casey Hingtgen has seven caused turnovers to lead all players ... Hingtgen and Alex Del Balso have split faceoff responsibilities ... Hingtgen is 14-of-16, while Del Balso is 11-of-13 ... Eight different players have taken at least one restart this season ... In goal, Michael Novosel has started all four games and owns a 10.20 goals against average and a .527 save percentage ... Dartmouth is 1-1 on the road this season.
Duke and Dartmouth share one common opponent in North Carolina ... The Tar Heels earned wins against both, beating Duke 13-7 and the Big Green 15-6.
Duke Stops Dominates Penn State
Duke starting attack unit of Ned Crotty, Zach Howell and Max Quinzani combined for 10 goals and eight assists as the eighth-ranked Blue Devils defeated Penn State, 20-11 ... Howell turned in a career day with five goals and two assists, while Crotty had six points (1g, 5a) and Quinzani finished with five points (4,1) ... The 20 goals were the most scored by the Blue Devils this season.
Breakout Day for Duke's Offense
Duke broke out for 20 goals against Penn State, the highest total this season ... The Blue Devils' 11 first-half goals were more than they had scored in four of their entire games this season ... Eight different players scored and six of those players had multiple goals ... Duke has scored 20-plus goals in three games under head coach John Danowski's watch-once in each of the past three seasons.
McKee Comes Through In Clutch
Senior midfielder Will McKee has scored three goals this season with two of them being game-tying tallies to send the Blue Devils into overtime ... The native of Old Greenwich, Conn., registered the tying goal against Bucknell as Duke edged the Bison in overtime ... Against Maryland, McKee came up big again at the right time with a goal with 13 ticks on the clock.
Duke in the Month of March
Duke has played 302 games in the month of March and sports a 181-121 record all-time in the third month of the year ... The Blue Devils are 22-6 in March under head coach John Danowski ... Against the Big Green, Duke is 8-0 in March.
Duke senior attackman Max Quinzani pushed his scoring streak to 53 games last weekend with four goals against Penn State ... Holding the longest streak in the nation, he was last held scoreless on April 14, 2007 against Virginia ... During this stretch Quinzani has tallied 149 goals and 25 assists for 174 points.