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No. 6 Duke Returns Home to Host No. 9 Notre Dame
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Release: 04/05/2019
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Game 12

No. 6 Duke (8-3, 0-2) vs. No. 9 Notre Dame (5-3, 1-1)

April 6, 2019 | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Koskinen Stadium | Durham, N.C.


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Gameday Notes

  • Saturday’s ACC matchup with the Irish is Military Appreciation Day. All active duty and retired military personnel and immediate family will receive complimentary admission with proof of military ID.
  • The Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund will be on site with merchandise available for purchase. Fans can enter for free a chance to win a signed helmet or jersey. Donations to Lead the Way Fund will be encouraged for fans who enter.
  • There will be a lacrosse fan zone that will feature face painting and an inflatable bounce house and slide. KIND BAR also will have samples for fans. Those will be on Frank Bassett Drive, which will be closed to traffic due to the Lacrosse Fan Zone.
  • Duke camouflage flags will be available for early arriving fans. All gameday giveaways and festivities are advertised on the Duke Men’s Lacrosse Instagram story until 4 p.m. Friday.
  • Parking will be available in both grounds and the Science Drive Parking Garage on Gameday.
  • Purchasing tickets online and having the mobile ticket is encouraged to alleviate long lines at the ticket booths.


Setting the Scene

  • Duke looks to end its two-game skid Saturday against ninth-ranked Notre Dame. The Blue Devils are 8-3 overall, but 0-2 in league play.
  • Duke dropped just one spot to sixth in the rankings following a hard-fought 10-8 loss at rival North Carolina Saturday.


The Series History

  • Duke and Notre Dame meet for the 23rd time overall and for the seventh time since 2016. The Blue Devils have a 13-9 edge in the series and a 6-4 lead as ACC foes.
  • In ACC regular season play, Duke is 3-2, including last year’s 8-2 victory at Arlotta Stadium. The Fighting Irish avenged the regular season loss last year with a 14-11 victory en route to winning the 2018 ACC Championship.


By the Numbers

22 – Consecutive games Joe Robertson has scored a point

1 – Point needed for sophomore Joe Robertson to become the 46th Blue Devil to amass 100 career points 

2 – Goals scored by Duke in the past two fourth quarters overall

3.3 – Goals scored per fourth quarter in each of the nine games prior to league play

106-18 – Duke’s record at home under head coach John Danowski

9.09 – Duke’s scoring defense, the best in the ACC and ranking seventh nationally

12.13 – Notre Dame’s scoring offense, 21st nationally and its highest since the 2015 season

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

3 – Times in the past six outings against the Irish Duke has failed to score double digit goals, going 1-2 in those games

9 – Times since 2007 Duke has suffered back-to-back losses

34-6 – Duke’s record in regular season games in April since 2007

.219  – Duke’s shooting percentage in the past two outings

.318 – The Blue Devils’ shooting percentage during the five-game win streak


The Tale of the Past Two Meetings

  • The past two meetings between Duke and Notre Dame were a tale of two games. The Blue Devils held the Irish to just two goals in the 8-2 win at Notre Dame during the regular season. Just three weeks later, Notre Dame, with a healthy squad in tow, scored 14 goals on the Blue Devils en route to winning the ACC title.
  • In the regular season game, Duke held Notre Dame without a goal in the second half and to just 10 shots. Justin Guterding and Sean Lowrie both had two goals apiece to lead the Blue Devils.
  • In the ACC Championship, Notre Dame’s offense caught fire, while the defense held Duke to only two goals in the first 29:31. Trailing 6-4 at halftime, the Blue Devils rallied to take a 10-9 lead in the fourth quarter, but Notre Dame scored five of the game’s final six goals for the win. Ryder Garnsey had six points and Bryan Costabile had four in the victory.


Looking at Duke

  • Duke suffered its second straight loss last weekend at rival North Carolina. The Blue Devils were outscored 4-0 in the final 16:29 to lose 10-8 to the Tar Heels. It is just the second time under John Danowski Duke opens the ACC slate 0-2.
  • Joe Robertson and Brad Smith pace the offense with 39 and 32 points, respectively. Robertson has a team-best 27 goals and Smith a squad-leading 17 assists. Joey Manown has 20 goals to round out the attack and Jake Seau has 20 points to lead the midfield.
  • 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 28 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers, while Giles-Harris has 26 and 20, respectively. They have been matchup nightmares for opponents all season. Van Raaphorst also has a goal and two assists on the season.
  • Brian Smyth is the leader at the X with a 108-184 (.587) record. He has picked up ground balls on 69 of his 108 wins and owns two goals. 
  • In goal, senior Turner Uppgren is the starter and owns a 9.27 goals against average and a .500 save percentage. He most recently posted a career-high 15 saves in the loss at North Carolina.


Scouting Notre Dame

  • Notre Dame comes to Durham with a 5-3 record and 1-1 mark in ACC play after besting Syracuse last weekend. Three of the five wins have come against top 10 opponents, while the Irish has setbacks to No. 11 Virginia, Richmond and then-No. 5 Ohio State.
  • Brendan Gleason and Bryan Costabile lead the offense with 24 and 23 points, respectively. Gleason has 15 goals and nine  assists, while Costabile is the top goal scorer with 21 tallies. Wheaton Jackoboice has 21 points to bolster the midfield. Notre Dame is averaging 12.13 goals per game, its highest since the 2015 season.
  • Defensively, Arden Cohen anchors the defense with 12 caused turnovers and 28 ground balls. Hugh Crance has eight and 18, respectively, as the Irish allow 9.75 goals per game. Matt Schmidt is between the pipes with a 9.69 goals against average and a .472 save percentage. He is averaging 8.38 saves per game.
  • Charles Leonard has taken all but 13 faceoffs this season and is 97-of-182 at the X for a .533 percentage. He has 51 ground balls, picking up just over 50 percent of the ground balls on his faceoff wins.


Home Sweet Home for the Blue Devils

  • Duke has fared well in the comfy confines of Koskinen Stadium since 2007. The Blue Devils are 4-1 at Koskinen this season and 106-18 all-time at home under John Danowski. Duke is 5-1 in Durham this season, playing Penn on the West Campus Turf Fields.


A Win Over Notre Dame Would

  • Be head coach John Danowski’s 408th career win
  • Be the program’s 578th overall victory
  • Make Duke 186-179 in the month of April


Up Next

  • The Blue Devils return home for their final regular season home game April 13. Duke hosts Virginia at 12 p.m., on ESPNU.