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Duke Takes on Yale for NCAA Title Monday
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Release: 05/27/2018
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Game 20

No. 3 Duke (16-3) vs. No. 5 Yale (16-3)

NCAA Championship Game

May 28, 2018 | 1 p.m. | ESPN2

Foxborough, Mass. | Gillette Stadium

Setting the Scene

  • Duke advanced to its sixth NCAA title game with a 13-8 win over Maryland in the semifinal.
  • The Blue Devils are 3-2 overall in NCAA championship games and 3-1 under John Danowski.
  • Yale defeated No. 2 seed Albany 20-11 to advance to its first NCAA Championship game.


The Series History

  • Duke and Yale are meeting for the 17th time and for the first time since 2009.
  • The Blue Devils are 8-7-1 against the Bulldogs with the most recent win being a 14-6 victory in Durham in 2009. It is the first NCAA Tournament meeting between the two programs.

Tale of the Tape

Category Duke Yale
Shots/Game 36.8 42.4
Goals/Game 13.74 13.95
Assists/Game 7.58 8.00
Points/Game 21.32 21.95
Shot % .373 .329
GAA 8.42 8.63
GBs/Game 31.32 32.63
EMO 17-35 (.486) 29-64 (.453)
Man Down 46-66 (.697) 40-61 (.656)
Clears 308-345 (.893) 285-328 (.869)
Faceoff % 247-484 (.510) 294-485 (.606)

By the Numbers

8 – Goals for rookie Nakeie Montgomery in his three NCAA Tournament games after registering just six in the previous 15 games

399 – Wins for head coach John Danowski, one shy of becoming the first Division I head coach to reach the 400-win mark

6 – Points needed for Justin Guterding to break Matt Danowski’s school career scoring mark of 353

33 – Percent of Duke’s semifinal total points (7-of-21) that came from rookies Joe Robertson and Nakeie Montgomery

5.33 – Duke’s average margin of victory in its three NCAA Tournament wins

4.67 – Yale’s average margin of victory in the 2018 NCAA Tournament after beating Albany by nine

110 – Points for Guterding in 2018, tied for 10th in NCAA history

111 – Points for Yale’s Ben Reeves in 2018, tied for eighth in NCAA history

15.50 – Duke’s goals per game average in the NCAA Tournament

11.50 – Yale’s goals per game average in its NCAA Tournament run


Duke Returns to Title Game

  • With the 13-8 win over Maryland, Duke returns to the NCAA title game for the first time since winning the crown in 2014. It is the sixth trip to the championship game in program history and fifth under head coach John Danowski.
  • This is first trip to championship weekend for the Duke seniors, as the Blue Devils are the lone program to have every one of its senior classes advance to a national semifinal since 2004. Maryland, Johns Hopkins and Syracuse were all close, but all suffered droughts of more than four years at one point.


NCAA Tournament Notes

  • Duke earned its 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 12th straight with a 13-3 overall record. The Blue Devils are one of four schools to have an active streak of 10 consecutive appearances.
  • The Blue Devils are 36-18 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The 36 wins are fifth among Division I teams. Duke is 3-2 in title games overall and 3-1 under John Danowski.
  • Duke is seeded fourth for the second time program history. The Blue Devils also were seeded fourth in 1999, losing to Georgetown in the opening round.
  • Duke is 3-0 in overtime NCAA Tournament games and 2-0 under John Danowski.
  • Duke has won 30 of its past 39 NCAA playoff games. Three of the losses came against Johns Hopkins in the 2005 and 2007 title games and the 2008 semifinals and two against Ohio State.
  • Overall, the Blue Devils are 31-9 in NCAA action when scoring at least 10 goals and 1-9 when held to single digits.
  • Duke is one of nine schools with more tournament wins than postseason appearances (Cornell, Denver, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, North Carolina, Princeton, Syracuse & Virginia).
  • Duke’s 20 NCAA Tournament wins since 2010 are second behind Maryland’s 22.


Duke in NCAA Title Games

  • Duke is 3-2 in NCAA title games in program history, winning the crown in 2010, 2013 and 2014.
Date Opponent Result
5/30/05 Johns Hopkins L, 8-9
5/28/07 Johns Hopkins L, 11-12
5/31/10 Notre Dame W, 6-5 (OT)
5/27/13 Syracuse W, 16-10
5/26/14 Notre Dame W, 11-9

Looking at Duke

  • Duke heads into the NCAA title game with a 16-3 overall record after beating No. 1 Maryland. It is the seventh time since 2005 the Blue Devils have reached the 16-win mark.
  • Senior attackman Justin Guterding added six more points in the semifinal to push his season total to 110. He leads the country in goals with  64 and is second in points at 110 - a Duke single-season record. Rookie Joe Robertson complements him on attack with 58 points. In the midfield, junior Brad Smith has a career-best 63 points and graduate student Peter Conley has chipped in 36.
  • Defensively, Duke is holding opponents to 8.42 goals per game. Cade Van Raaphorst and JT Giles-Harris anchor the close defense with 21 and 22 caused turnovers, respectively. In goal, Danny Fowler sports a 8.38 goals against average and a .542 save percentage.
  • Brian Smyth is the top faceoff man, having won 142-of-275 (.516) draws. He has 76 ground balls.


Scouting Yale

  • Yale is 16-3 as well after cruising past No. 2 Albany in the semifinal, 20-11. The Bulldogs are playing in their first NCAA title game.
  • Featuring the nation’s second-ranked offense at 13.95 goals per game, Yale is led by Tewaaraton Award finalist Ben Reeves. The senior has 111 points from 60 goals and 51 assists. Jackson Morrill has 71 points (40g, 31a) and Jack Tigh has 46 points.
  • On the defensive side of the ball, the Bulldogs are allowing 8.68 goals per game. Christopher Keating anchors the defensive efforts with 24 caused turnovers and 54 ground balls. In goal, Jack Starr owns an 8.28 goals against average and a .479 save percentage. He is averaging 7.44 saves per game.
  • Conor Mackie has taken all but 49 faceoffs for the Bulldogs this season, winning 276-of-436 (.633) draws to rank seventh nationally. He also has 183 ground balls to rank eighth in NCAA single season history.


In Common

  • Duke and Yale share three common opponents. The Blue Devils went 2-1, while the Bulldogs were 3-1 and played Penn twice.