No. 2 Duke (1-0) vs. High Point (1-0)
February 6, 2018 | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Koskinen Stadium | Durham, N.C.
How to Follow the Game
- Wednesday night’s game against High Point will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra with Ryan Craig on play-by-play and former Maryland standout and Blue Devil assistant coach Joe Cinosky providing the color.
- Fans who can’t make it to Koskinen Stadium can watch via WatchESPN.com or through the ESPN app. Live stats also are available. Links to both are available on GoDuke.com.
Setting the Scene
- Duke is ranked second nationally and is coming off of a 17-9 season-opening victory at Furman.
- Head Coach John Danowski garnered his 400th career win with the victory over the Paladins.
- Wednesday’s game is the second of five February games for the Blue Devils in 2019.
The Series History
- Duke and High Point are meeting for the sixth time since the Panthers became a program in 2013. The Blue Devils are 5-0 overall with an average margin of victory of just over 10 goals per game.
- In 2018, Duke defeated High Point by an 18-6 score in Durham, the second largest win margin in the five meetings.
By the Numbers
12 – Career hat tricks in Joe Robertson’s 21 career games after netting four tallies at Furman
4 – Points for graduate student Jake Seau at Furman, one fewer than he had in all 13 games in 2018
7 – Different goal scorers for the Blue Devils last Saturday night
15 – Seniors or graduate students on the Blue Devils’ roster in 2019
419 – Collegiate games played by that group of 15
0 – Goals allowed by High Point in its season opener
2 – Blue Devils who registered their first career goals against Furman - Cameron Badour and Walker Scaglione
400 – Career wins for head coach John Danowski, the most of any Division I coach and only the third coach across all divisions to reach the mark
181 – Of Danowski’s 400 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
Danowski Captures Win No. 400
- Head coach John Danowski joined a club of one this past Saturday as he became the first Division I men’s lacrosse head coach to capture 400 career wins. He is the third across all three divisions to reach the mark.
- He 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.
- The Blue Devils’ leader has 181 wins at Duke, 192 at Hofstra and 27 in his first stop at LIU Post.
- 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 High Point Would
- Be head coach John Danowski’s 401st career win
- Be the program’s 571st overall victory
- Make Duke 59-15 in the month of February
Last Time Out
- Joe Robertson tallied four goals and an assist and Brian Smyth won 19-of-27 faceoffs to post a 17-9 season-opening victory at Furman Saturday night. CJ Carpenter and Cameron Badour added three goals apiece, registering their first career hat tricks. Jake Seau posted his first multiple goal game and finished with a career-best four points.
- Brian Smyth won 70 percent of his restarts and picked up 14 ground balls - both of which are the second highest totals in his career. In goal, Turner Uppgren made seven saves in his first career start.
Last Time We Met
- Senior Justin Guterding posted eight points on five goals and three assists to propel No. 2 Duke to an 18-6 victory over visiting High Point last season.
- The Blue Devils led 9-2 after the first quarter and extended it to 15-4 after three periods. Joe Robertson had a hat trick. Greg Pelton scooped up eight ground balls and Danny Fowler had four saves in 30 minutes in goal.
Looking at Duke
- Duke, the preseason No. 2 team behind reigning NCAA Champion Yale, is 1-0 on the year. The Blue Devils feature 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 2018. Sophomore Joe Robertson picked up right where he left off, tallying five points in his season opener. Seniors Sean Lowrie and CJ Carpenter and junior Joey Manown all will be crucial pieces with Robertson at attack.
- Duke’s first midfield against the Paladins was Jake Seau, Kevin Quigley and Reilly Walsh. They combined for six goals and 10 points overall. Smith, upon returning to the lineup, will be the undisputed leader on that line. Sophomores Nakeie Montgomery, Cameron Badour and Garrett Leadmon rounded out the second midfield and finished with a combined four points.
- On defense, the duo of All-Americans Van Raaphorst and Giles-Harris will anchor the close defense along with senior Jack Fowler earning his first career start Saturday. Graduate student Peter Welch and junior Walker Scaglione will be the long stick middies. 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.
Scouting High Point
- High Point comes to Durham after beating first-year program St. Bonaventure 13-0. Asher Nolting led the way with seven points, three goals and four assists, while Chris Young had four goals. Six Panthers scored goals in the victory. In 2018, Nolting became the first High Point player to record a 30-goal and 30-assist season with 30 goals and 36 helpers. He was a preseason All-America honorable mention pick by Inside Lacrosse.
- The Panthers fired 62 shots, but only connected 13 times for a .210 shot percentage. They only allowed 17 shots and forced St. Bonaventure into 33 turnovers.
- Tim Troutner Jr. led the Panthers in the cage with a 147 saves and was named Preseason All-SoCon. Junior Davis Sampere led the Panthers at the faceoff X last season with 154 wins and a .537 percentage. He led HPU and ranked third in the SoCon in ground balls at 83.
Seau Saving the Best for Last
- Jake Seau, in his fifth season with the team, is determined to make his last year his best year. Against Furman, the California native registered his first multiple goal game with two scores. His four points versus the Paladins are just one fewer than he had in 13 outings last year. He has 11 points in his career.
Badour Makes Blue Devil Debut
- Cameron Badour left his mark in his Duke debut, throwing in three goals. The Ottawa, Canada, native scored Duke’s eighth goal as the Blue Devils’ started to pull away. He added another in the third quarter and the final tally of the game on man up.
- The Blue Devils continue their busy February schedule Saturday at Jacksonville. Faceoff in the Sunshine State is set for 12 p.m.