Game 15 l ACC Tournament Semifinal
Duke (11-3, 1-2 ACC) vs. Virginia (11-1, 2-1 ACC)
Friday, April 22 5:00 p.m.
Byrd Stadium l College Park, Md.
Duke Meets Virginia in ACC Semifinal
Just six days after upsetting top-ranked Virginia 13-9 in Charlottesville, Va., the Blue Devils will take on the Cavaliers again in the ACC Semifinal on April 23 in College Park, Md. ... Faceoff is set for 5 p.m., in Byrd Stadium ... The winner advances to the championship on April 25 at 3:30 p.m.
Duke-Virginia Series History
Duke and Virginia are meeting for the 71st time since the first meeting in 1938 and for the second time in six days ... The Cavaliers own a 48-22 lead in the series, but it is Duke who has had the recent success in winning each of the past eight matches ... The Blue Devils upended the No. 1 Cavaliers in Charlottesville on April 17 ... Virginia's last win over the Blue Devils was on April 17, 2004, a 13-4 triumph in Charlottesville ... Duke is 5-6 all-time against Virginia in ACC Tournament contests and has won the past three meetings in the postseason competition.
Last Time Out Against Virginia
Sixth-ranked Duke outscored No. 1 Virginia 8-3 in the second half on its way to a 13-9 victory at Klöckner Stadium ... Senior Ned Crotty and junior Zach Howell led the attack, combining for seven points, as Duke recorded its eighth straight win over the Cavaliers ... CJ Costabile went 10-of-13 in faceoffs and added the game-winning assist in the win.
A Win Over Virginia Would
- Be the program's 451st all-time victory
- Be John Danowski's 281st career victory and 62nd at Duke
- Push Duke's win streak to 11 games
- Be the ninth straight win over Virginia
- Give Duke an 18-14 record in the ACC Tournament
- Make Duke 13-9 in ACC Tournament Semifinals
- Put Duke in the ACC Championship game for the 12th time
- Put the Blue Devils in the title tilt for the fourth straight season, a first in program history
ACC Tournament Notes
- Duke owns an all-time record of 17-14 in ACC Tournament action.
- Duke is 11-9 all-time in ACC Tournament semifinal games and 6-5 in championship tilts.
- Against the field, Duke is 5-4 vs. Maryland, 7-4 vs. North Carolina and 5-6 vs. Virginia.
- Duke is 0-3 in ACC Tournament games played in College Park, Md.
- Duke has won six ACC Tournament championships in 1995, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
- Duke has had six ACC Tournament MVPs in Ross Moscatti (1995), Scott Bross (2001), A.J. Kincel (2002), Matt Danowski (2007), Dan Loftus (2008) and CJ Costabile (2009).
- Duke landed seven players on the 2009 ACC All-Tournament Team ... CJ Costabile, Ned Crotty, Mike Catalino, Zach Howell, Michael Manley, Max Quinzani and Steve Schoeffel were voted to the squad.
- In 2009 CJ Costabile became the first freshmen in ACC lacrosse history to win the ACC Tournament MVP award.
Recent ACC History
Duke has launched itself into the top of the ACC since 2001, winning five league titles and sporting a .667 winning percentage ... Here is how it breaks down across the four teams since 2001.
|ACC - 2001-10|
|ACC - 2005-10|
Duke in the National Stats
Duke senior attackman Ned Crotty currently ranks second in the nation in assists (2.79/gm), while fellow attacker Max Quinzani is fourth in goals (3.36/gm) ... Senior defenseman Parker McKee is 21st in caused turnovers (1.64/gm) and 14th in ground balls (5.29/gm) ... As a team, Duke is fourth in man-up offense, fifth in points per game, sixth in scoring offense (13.07) and ground balls (36.36/gm).
Against The ACC
Duke is 66-140 all-time against ACC foes ... The Blue Devils own the most wins over North Carolina with 26 and the fewest over Maryland at 17 ... In regular season contests, the Blue Devils are 38-117 against conference foes.
Duke starts ACC Tournament play as the No. 4 overall seed with an 11-3 overall record and 1-2 mark against conference foes ... The starting attack unit of Max Quinzani, Ned Crotty and Zach Howell lead the Blue Devil offense ... Quinzani is tops in goals and points with 47 and eight, respectively ... Crotty has 53 points from 14 goals and a team-high 39 assists, while Howell has 46 points (34g, 12a) ... Redshirt sophomore Justin Turri has 25 points to round out the top scorers ... Defensively, Duke is allowing just 8.90 goals per game and has held each of its past four opponents under 10 goals ... Senior Parker McKee leads the team with 23 caused turnovers and 74 ground balls ... Junior Tom Montelli has forced 13 caused turnovers ... At the X is the trio of Sam Payton, CJ Costabile and Terrence Molinari .. Payton leads the way with a .545 win percentage (85-of-156), while Costabile is 54-of-100 (.540) ... Molinari has won 34-of-65 restarts for a .523 win percentage ... In goal, freshman Dan Wigrizer has started 13 games and owns a 9.16 goals against average and a .543 save percentage.
Virginia heads into the ACC Tournament as the nation's No. 2 ranked team with an 11-1 overall record and 2-1 mark in the ACC ... The Cavaliers are 17-16 all-time in ACC Tournament contests and 12-8 in semifinal games ... Chris Bocklet and Steele Stanwick pace the offense with 42 points apiece ... Bocklet has a team-high 33 goals, while Stanwick has a team-best 21 assists ... Brian Carroll has 26 points and Matt White and Shamel Bratton round out the 20-point scorers with 23 and 21, respectively ... Ryan Benicasa and Brian McDermott split faceoff duties ... Benicasa is 62-of-107 (.579) and McDermott is 69-of-114 (.605) ... Ken Clausen anchors the defense with 26 caused turnovers and 40 ground balls ... In goal, Adam Ghitelman sports an 11-1 overall record with a 7.90 goals against average and a .538 save percentage ... The Cavaliers are allowing just 7.83 goals per game.
Duke Riding a Nine Game Win Streak
With the 13-9 win over top-ranked Virginia, Duke extended its winning streak to nine games ... The Blue Devils have not lost since March 10 against North Carolina ... Duke's nine-game run is currently the nation's longest winning streak.
|Division I Win Streaks|