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Duke Opens ACC Play at Syracuse Sunday
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/22/2019
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Game 10

No. 2 Duke (8-1) at No. 12 Syracuse (4-2)

March 24, 2019 | 2 p.m. | ESPNU

Cicero-North High School | Syracuse, N.Y.


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Game Relocated to Cicero-North

  • Due to Syracuse hosting the first and second round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, the annual lacrosse matchup has been relocated to Cicero-North High School.
  • Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth and fans buying tickets on the day of the game must pay in cash. There is no ATM at the stadium.
  • Seating is limited so buying tickets in advance is advised. Gates will open at 12:30 p.m.
  • Parking is available on CNS' campus with overflow parking also available once that fills up. Fans will be directed where to park upon arrival based on availability. Parking lots open at 11 a.m.

Setting the Scene

  • Duke opens ACC play at No. 5 Syracuse Sunday afternoon. The game will be played a Cicero or Cicero-North High School due to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
  • The second-ranked Blue Devils are riding a seven-game win streak and are 8-1 overall. Three of the eight wins are against top-five foes, beating No. 5 Denver, No. 2 Loyola and No. 5 Towson.


The Series History

  • Duke and Syracuse are meeting for the 19th time overall. The Orange holds a 12-6 lead in matchup and a 6-4 edge in the past 10 games, including last year’s 15-14 thriller in Durham.
  • Under head coach John Danowski, Duke is 5-8 versus Syracuse and 2-6 against the Orange as ACC foes. The past two games were single-goal losses, including a 12-11 overtime setback in the Carrier Dome in 2017.


Tale of the Tape

Category                                Duke                 Syracuse

Shots/Game                            40.6                         44.7

Goals/Game                         13.33                      13.00

Assists/Game                          7.56                         6.17

Points/Game                        20.88                      19.17

Shot %                                      .329                         .291

GAA                                          9.00                      12.91

GBs/Game                            34.56                      37.00

EMO                             6-22 (.273)           10-23 (.435)

Man Down                17-27 (.630)           15-21 (.714)

Clears                    146-180 (.811)       110-128(.859)

Faceoff %              134-229 (.585)        98-157 (.609)


By the Numbers

17 – Career hat tricks in Joe Robertson’s 29 career games

5 – Points needed for sophomore Joe Robertson to become the 46th Blue Devil to amass 100 career points. 

18 – Points for Jake Seau this season from 11 goals and seven assists

11 – Jake Seau’s point total in his previous 35 games combined

113-55 – Duke’s record against ranked opponents heading into Sunday’s matchup with the No. 5 Orange

25.8 – Goals scored average in the 13 previous meetings between Duke and Syracuse

146 – Career points for Brad Smith, ranking second among players in the ACC and 17th overall among active Divison I players

15.33 – Goals per game average for Syracuse in its past three games

9.33 – Goals allowed per game average for Duke in the past three contests

34 – Goals tallied by the Blue Devils in the third quarter this season

13 – Goals allowed by Duke in the third quarter in 2019

8 – National Championships won between John Danowski (3) and John Desko (5)


Last Time Out

  • Second-ranked Duke outscored No. 5 Towson 4-2 in the fourth quarter to pick up its third top-five victory with a 12-10 win over the Tigers. Brad Smith paced Duke with three goals and one assist, while Joey Manown had two and two, respectively. Nine different players in all scored for the Blue Devils.
  • Defensively, Duke held Towson scoreless for a span of 19:26 over the third and fourth quarters to secure a seventh straight victory. Overall, the Blue Devils held the Tigers to just seven even strength goals. In addition to picking up four ground balls and forcing a turnover, Cade Van Raaphorst scored the tying goal at 8-8 in the third and provided an assist late in the second. He also helped hold Towson’s Brody McLean to one goal.


Last Time We Met

  • Syracuse midfielder Jamie Trimboli scored the game-winning goal with 1:14 left in the fourth period to lift the 13th-ranked Orange to a 15-14 triumph over No. 3 Duke in Durham last year.
  • Brad Smith paced the Blue Devils with three goals and two assists for five points, while rookie attackman Joe Robertson also had three goals.
  • The Orange trailed, 13-11, with less than five minutes remaining in the contest before three straight tallies – including two from Brendan Bomberry – gave the visitors a 14-13 lead with 2:37 on the clock. A goal by Robertson at the 2:11 mark knotted the game at 14-14.  After Syracuse won the next draw, Trimboli scooped up a loose ball in the offensive end and beat Duke goalie Danny Fowler for the game winner.


Looking at Duke

  • Duke extended its win streak to seven games Saturday with a 12-10 win over No. 5 Towson. The Blue Devils enter Sunday’s ACC matchup with a 8-1 record. Duke is led offensively by sophomore Joe Robertson’s 25 goals and 10 assists. Brad Smith is hitting his stride and has 28 points from 14 goals and 14 assists.
  • On defense, the duo of All-Americans Cade Van Raaphorst and JT Giles-Harris anchor the close defense along with senior Jack Fowler, who is a first-year starter. Van Raaphorst has 25 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers, while Giles-Harris has 22 and 15, respectively. They have been matchup nightmares for opponents all season. Van Raaphorst also has a goal and two assists on the season.
  • Brian Smyth has been solid at the X with a 100-161 (.621) record. He has picked up ground balls on 65 of his 100 wins and owns two goals. 
  • In goal, senior Turner Uppgren is the starter and owns a 9.27 goals against average and a .471 save percentage.


Scouting Syracuse

  • Syracuse enters its second ACC game of the season ranked 12th and sporting a 4-2 overall record and 0-1 mark in ACC play. The Orange most recently defeated Rutgers 18-14. All six of the Orange’s games have been in the Carrier Dome as the team makes the move  to Cicero-North High School this weekend.
  • Bradley Voigt and Brendan Curry both have 18 points apiece. Voigt has 15 goals and three assists, while Curry has 10 and eight.  The Orange is averaging 13 goals per game and has not been held under 10 goals since its season-opening loss to Colgate. Syracuse is averaging 15.33 goals per game in the past three outings.
  • Defensively, Syracuse is allowing 10.59 goals per game and has given up 10-plus scores in four of the six contests this season. Brett Kennedy is the top takeaway man with nine caused turnovers and 18 ground balls, while Tyson Bomberry has seven and 19, respectively.  In goal, Drake Porter is the starter and owns a 10.64 goals against average and a .556 save percentage.
  • At the faceoff X, Jakob Phaub is 62-of-94 for a .660 percentage and 33 ground balls. Danny Varello also sees a lot of action, winning 36-of-65 (.554) and picking up the ground ball in 11 of those wins.


What Gives

  • Saturday’s contest features a talented offense in Syracuse and a high quality defensive squad in Duke. The Orange ranks 15th nationally with a 13.00 goals scored per game average, while Duke is allowing only 9.00 goals per game. Syracuse has been limited to single digit-goals once this season against Colgate in the season opener. Since that game, the Orange is averaging 13.8 goals per game. Duke has allowed double-digit tallies only three times.


Duke vs. Syracuse Always Entertaining

  • A Duke versus Syracuse lacrosse matchup is guaranteed to be filled with action on both ends of the field.
  • In the 13 meetings between the two programs since 2009, they have combined to average 25.8 goals per game. In only five of the outings did one of the teams fail to score at least 10 goals and twice the two have combined for 30-plus tallies.
  • The lowest scoring game between the Blue Devils and Orange was a 21-goal NCAA Tournament outing in 2012.


DATE                                       LOCATION                   RESULT

5/23/2009               Foxborough, Mass.                L, 7-17 %

4/3/2011               East Rutherford, N.J.                  L, 11-13

4/1/2012               East Rutherford, N.J.                W, 12-10

5/12/2012                         Durham, N.C.               W, 12-9%

5/27/2013                    Philadelphia, Pa.            W, 16-10 %

3/23/2014                         Durham, N.C.                   W, 21-7

4/25/2014                            Chester, Pa.                L, 15-16+

3/22/2015                        Syracuse, N.Y.                     L, 7-19

4/26/2015                            Chester, Pa.               L, 14-15 +

3/26/2016                         Durham, N.C.       W, 16-15 (OT)

5/1/2016                         Kennesaw, Ga.                 L, 8-14 +

3/25/2017                        Syracuse, N.Y.         L, 11-12 (OT)

3/24/2018                         Durham, N.C.                  L, 14-15

% NCAA Tournament | + ACC Tournament


Duke in One Goal Games

  • Duke is 78-72 in games decided by one goal in program history after upending Denver 10-9 February 16.
  • Duke is 21-16 in one-goal contests since 2007 and played a program-high five one-goal games in 2007, 2010 and 2013.
  • Syracuse and Duke have played in seven one-goal games with the Orange holding a 6-1 advantage in those.


Up Next

  • The Blue Devils continue the ACC gauntlet with North Carolina next Saturday, March 30 in Chapel Hill. Faceoff is at 2 p.m., at Fetzer Field on ESPNU.