No. 2 Duke at Furman
February 2, 2019 | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Greenville, S.C. | Paladin Stadium
How to Watch
- Saturday night’s matchup will be broadcast on ESPN+. Fans can subscribe to the new ESPN streaming service for $4.99 per month or can try a free trial.
- All of Duke’s home games will be broadcast on WatchESPN or on the linear station.
Setting the Scene
- Duke enters the 2019 season ranked second nationally and voted as the preseason favorite in the ACC.
- February 2 is the earliest Duke has started a lacrosse season. The previous mark was Feb. 3 against Air Force in 2018.
- Saturday’s game is the first of five February games for the Blue Devils, the most of any Division I team.
The Series History
- Duke and Furman are meeting for the first time since the inaugural meeting in 2014. The Blue Devils beat the Paladins, in their first season, 19-4 en route to their second consecutive NCAA title.
- Furman is one of four Southern Conference teams Duke will play this season. The Blue Devils also face High Point, Jacksonville and Richmond.
By the Numbers
53-26 – Duke’s record in season-openers
10-2 – Duke in season openers under head coach John Danowski
59 – Percent of Duke’s scoring that returns from last season
15 – Seniors or graduate students on the Blue Devils’ roster in 2019
408 – Collegiate games played by that group of 15
36 – Points in 2018 for Furman’s top returning scorer and preseason All-SoCon selection William Holcomb
65 – Points for Duke’s Brad Smith in 2018 - Duke’s top returning points scorer
399 – Career wins for head coach John Danowski, the most of any Division I coach and one away from becoming just the third coach across all divisions to reach 400
180 – Of Danowski’s 399 wins that have come at Duke, averaging 15 per season
.673 – Danowski’s win percentage, ranking sixth among active Division I coaches
113 - Points Justin Guterding scored in 2018, leaving Duke to replace 27 percent of its scoring from a year ago
3 Blue Devils Earn Preseason All-America
- JT Giles-Harris, Brad Smith and Cade Van Raaphorst garnered preseason All-America honors. Smith was a first-team choice, while Giles-Harris and Van Raaphorst were voted to the second team. All three were All-Americans in 2018.
- Duke is one of five programs to have at least three players voted to the top three teams and one of two – the other being Yale – to have three representatives on the first and second teams.
Danowski Going for Win No. 400
- Head coach John Danowski etched his name at the top of the Division I men’s lacrosse wins list in 2017, beating Jacksonville for his 376th career victory. Dom Starsia held the previous record of 375. Danowski is third among active coaches across all three divisions and will be the first Division I head coach to reach 400 wins if Duke beats Furman.
- The Blue Devils’ leader has 180 wins at Duke, 192 at Hofstra and 27 in his first stop at LIU Post. He will be the first Division I head coach to reach 400 wins and the third across all three divisions to achieve the mark.
- Danowski, a winner of three NCAA titles, is one of four active coaches to own multiple NCAA titles. He is third among the group with three, while Bill Tierney of Denver leads the way with eight.
A Win over Furman Would
- Be head coach John Danowski’s 400th career win
- Be the program’s 570th overall victory
- Make Duke 58-15 in the month of February
Last Time We Met
- Eleven different Blue Devils scored goals and 14 players had at least one point as third-ranked Duke cruised to the 19-4 victory over first-year program Furman in 2014.
- The Blue Devils scored three goals in the opening 59 seconds and led 7-1 after the first quarter in what proved to be a championship season. Josh Dionne led all scorers with six tallies.
Looking at Duke
- Duke opens the 2019 season as the unanimous No. 2 team behind reigning NCAA Champion Yale. The Blue Devils return a wealth of talent both offensively and defensively, including All-Americans Brad Smith, Cade Van Raaphorst and JT Giles-Harris.
- Smith, Duke’s most versatile player, is the Blue Devils’ top returning scorer after registering 65 points in 2015. He has the capability to play both attack and midfield. Sophomore Joe Robertson, senior Sean Lowrie and junior Joey Manown are likely to headline the offense after a combined 111 points last season. CJ Carpenter also has the potential to bolster the attack in a very deep position for the Blue Devils.
- In the midfield, Duke is deep with Smith likely leading the charge. Senior Jake Seau looks to cap his career with his best season, while juniors Reilly Walsh and Kevin Quigley are expected to be major contributors. Sophomore Nakeie Montgomery has the potential to have a breakout year, while classmate Cameron Badour will be an impact player after missing last season to injury.
- On defense, the duo of All-Americans Van Raaphorst and Giles-Harris will anchor the close defense along with Walker Scaglione. Graduate student Peter Welch will be a long stick middie. As short stick d-middies, John Prendergast, Terry Lindsay and Blake Leischow will bring a lot of experience to the defensive squad.
- Joe Stein and Brian Smyth are back at the X after sharing duties last season. Freshman Jordan Ginder is the newest addition to the faceoff crew.
- In goal, senior Turner Uppgren has the most experience of a young crew. Freshmen Garrett Smith and Andrew Bonafede will battle for time along with senior David McCann.
- Furman comes into 2019 after posting a 4-10 record last season. The Paladins were picked to finish fifth in the Southern Conference. William Holcomb was voted to the preseason All-SoCon team after leading Furman in scoring a year ago. The Paladins return three of their top four scorers.
- Kyle Weatherford is back for his senior season as a defensive leader. He had 24 ground balls and a team-best 18 caused turnovers. In goal, Alec Van de Bovenkamp will likely be the anchor between the pipes. He played all but 40 minutes last season and posted a 12.52 goals against average and a .571 save percentage.
- Sophomore Sage Rieth was the top draw man last season, winning 77-of-192 (.401) as a rookie. He also collected 20 ground balls.
- The Feb. 2 start date for the Blue Devils is the earliest for Duke in program history. Last year’s Feb. 3 faceoff was the previous record for earliest start.
- Duke is 10-2 in season openers under head coach John Danowski. The losses were to No. 19 Air Force (11-10) in 2017 and to No. 9 Denver (14-12) in 2013. The Blue Devils have not lost to an unranked foe in a season opener since and 8-6 setback to Washington & Lee in 1985.
- The average margin of victory for Duke since 2007 is 6.33 goals. The Blue Devils’ 18-4 victory last season was the largest spread in a season-opening game since a 20-6 win over Siena in 2011.
- The Blue Devils continue their busy February schedule with a midweek game against High Point Feb. 6. Faceoff in Koskinen Stadium is set for 7 p.m.