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Ground Ball Notebook: NCAA Tournament on Horizon
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Release: 05/07/2014
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Blue Devils Prepping for NCAA Tournament Season
With final exams done, the Duke lacrosse team has the benefit of being able to focus on getting better every day.  Looking to play their best lacrosse in May, the Blue Devils benefit from being able to spend quality time with each other on and off the field. They have done just that over the past seven seasons, sporting a 19-5 in the NCAA Tournament under head coach John Danowski with two NCAA Championships under their belts and seven consecutive appearances on the final weekend.
Duke Selected as No. 1 Seed
The Blue Devils were picked as the No. 1 overall seed for the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament for the third time in the program’s history. Duke was also the top seed in 2007 and 2008 and is 5-2 overall at that position. It marks the 16th time in 18 NCAA Tournament appearances Duke has been picked as one of the top eight seeds and sixth time in the top three.
Duke Numbers in NCAA Tournament
Duke has been very successful in the NCAA Tournament in the past decade. Overall, the Blue Devils are 28-15 and since 2010 they are 12-2. The 12 wins are the most by any program with three others managing seven in that span. Duke is 3-0 in overtime games in the NCAA Tournament and has advanced to championship weekend each of the past seven seasons. The Blue Devils are one of seven programs to own more wins in NCAA postseason than appearances and one of eight schools to win a NCAA Championship.
Individual Blue Devils in NCAA Postseason
Jordan Wolf leads all current Blue Devils with 31 points in his 10 games, while Josh Dionne and Christian Walsh have 19 and 18, respectively. Brendan Fowler has won 61 percent of his faceoffs and picked up 51 ground balls in eight outings, while Will Haus has three caused turnovers and 25 ground balls.
NCAA Tournament Central
Get everything you need to know about Sunday’s upcoming NCAA Tournament game at Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and are available for purchase online at or by calling the Duke Ticket Office at 1-877-375-3853. The game will be televised live by ESPNU at 5:15 p.m., and also can be viewed on ESPN3.
A Potential Blue Devil Return
Richmond head coach Dan Chemotti could find himself on the sidelines coaching on the field where he donned the Blue Devil jersey just over a decade ago. The 2002 Duke graduate was a four-year letterwinner and helped lead the Blue Devils to ACC titles in 2001 and 2002 and to the NCAA Tournament all four years. Chemotti spent five seasons at Loyola and was instrumental in helping the Greyhounds to their first NCAA title in 2012.  
About the Richmond Spiders
Duke will not know who its next opponent will be until Wednesday evening around 11 p.m. (ET) ... Air Force and Richmond square off in one of two play-in games in Colorado Springs … The Spiders pulled off a pair of upsets to capture the Atlantic Sun Tournament title in their first year as a program. They are 6-10 overall and captured the A-Sun crown as the No. 4 seed. Six of Richmond’s 10 losses came by three or fewer goals with its most lopsided loss being a 14-5 setback to UMBC.
About the Air Force Falcons
Air Force earned a bid to the NCAA postseason for a third time and for the first time since 1988 by capturing the ECAC title. The Falcons upset No. 14 Fairfield 9-8 in the championship game to grab their 10th win of the year. It marks the first time since 1989 they have reached the 10-wins mark.
Tewaaraton Finalists Announced Thursday
The five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award will be announced Thursday by the Tewaaraton Award Foundation. Duke’s Jordan Wolf, Deemer Class and Myles Jones are three of the 28 nominees. Two Blue Devils – Matt Danowski and Ned Crotty – have won the top honor in collegiate lacrosse. Class and Jones are two of four sophomores represented on the list, while Wolf is widely considered to be one of the five finalists.
Should the Blue Devils Advance
Should Duke capture its 14th victory of the year Sunday against either Air Force or Richmond, the Blue Devils will travel to University of Delaware to take on the winner of Johns Hopkins – Virginia. Faceoff is set for May 18 at noon or 2:30.  
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