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Ground Ball Notebook: Offense Still Rolling
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/15/2014
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Another Regular Season Title in the Books
With a 17-15 win at No. 8 Virginia, Duke captured its seventh ACC regular season title in head coach John Danowski’s eight seasons. The Blue Devils have earned at least a share of the regular season crown in every season since 2007 except 2010. The 2010 campaign marked the lone time Duke lost more than one conference game. Prior to 2007, the Blue Devils won four regular season championships – 1954, 1999, 2001 and 2005.
Now That’s Efficient
One of the most noticeable improvements Duke has made over the course of the seven-game win streak has been its shot selection and overall shooting percentage. Friday at Virginia, the Blue Devils tallied seven goals on 10 shots in the second half for an amazing .700 shooting percentage. Overall in the game, Duke scored on 50 percent of its shots taken in the game. Duke
is shooting .410 during the seven-game win streak compared to .297 in the six games prior.
Midfield Powering Along
Duke’s midfield of Deemer Class, Myles Jones and Christian Walsh continued to fire on all cylinders against Virginia. Arguably the nation’s hottest midfield group, the trio combined for 17 points (9g, 8a). In the past seven games they have 45 goals and 36 assists and rank second, third and fourth in scoring for the Blue Devils in that stretch.
A Class Above
Sophomore Deemer Class is having a breakout season for the Blue Devils, ranking second on the team with 25 goals and 48 points overall. His 3.69 points per game are fourth among all sophomores nationally and sixth among all midfielders. He has at least four points in the past five games and has a goal in eight straight games.
Haus Doing a Little Bit of Everything
Junior defensive midfielder Will Haus did a little bit of everything against the Cavaliers. He scored two goals to match his career high and added four ground balls to increase his total to 31 for the year. Instrumental on the faceoff wing as well, Haus helped Duke win 22-of-35 draws as well as anchoring the defensive midfield.
The Streak Continues
With three goals, senior Jordan Wolf pushed his point streak to 54 games and his goal scoring streak to 15 contests. The Wynnewood, Pa., native has been held scoreless just five times in his career and not since the final game of his rookie campaign. Over the course of the past 54 games, Wolf has 129 goals and 80 assists for 209 points. In his 15-game goal scoring run, he has 48 scores.
In the Rankings
Duke remained in the No. 2 spot following its seventh straight win last weekend. The Blue Devils sit behind Loyola, which is riding a nation’s-best 11-game win streak. Duke is No. 2 in the latest RPI (ratings per index) behind Syracuse. Overall, Duke has played six of the other top seven in the RPI and eight of the other top nine in the USILA Coaches poll.
A Quiet Scoring Presence
Senior attackman Josh Dionne has quietly gone about his business this season, scoring 31 goals and five assists for 36 points, which is 14 shy of his total a year ago with at least four games left to play this season. Dionne has a point in all 12 of his games and has six hat tricks on the year. He has a point in 29 straight games dating back to Feb. 16, 2013, ranking 13th nationally.
Top Tweets
Terry Foy@TerenceFoy
.@Duke_MLAX gets better every year. It's easy to take for granted, but it's impressive and different each time.
Ryan Flanagan @RyanFlanagan24
.@Duke_MLAX 1st midfield averaging 16.5ppg in the past 4 games. @22classy averaging is 6.5ppg. #balling
Josh Hairston @jhairston15
Lets go @Duke_MLAX !!!!
They said it
"So much for depth; all you guys write about important depth is and I kept seeing the same three middies run out there all night. What has transpired for them over the course of the season is that first midfield has found their legs."
                - Dom Starsia
"We're usually trying to scratch and claw at this time of year. After tonight, there's tons of things we have to work on at the defensive end. ...  But I think you're right, and I think that's due to maybe more of a senior group."
                - John Danowski
"I've played with Jordan and Josh for four years now, and have played Myles and Deemer for basically a whole second season. That's just part of it. I know how they sleep, how they eat, I know where they are on the field, and we're comfortable playing together."
                - Christian Walsh