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No. 6 Duke Opens 2013 Saturday vs. No. 9 Denver
Tuesday 02/08/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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No. 6 Duke vs. No. 9 Denver
Feb. 9, 2013 l 12 p.m. l Durham, N.C.
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No. 6 Duke vs. Jacksonville
Feb. 10, 2013 l 12 p.m. l Durham, N.C.
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Denver Live Video l Denver Live Stats l Jacksonville Live Video l Jacksonville Live Stats

Setting the Scene

  • Duke welcomes No. 9 Denver and Jacksonville in its opening weekend of the 2013 campaign.
  • The game will be the first for all three teams and each will be rematches for Duke from the 2012 season.
  • Duke enters the weekend on a 10-game home win streak and has won 20 of the past 21 games at Koskinen Stadium.

 The Series Histories

  • The Blue Devils are 3-2 all-time against Denver and 0-2 in the previous two meetings in 2011 and 2012. Duke last defeated the Pioneers 13-9 in 2007.
  • Duke will face Jacksonville for the fourth straight season. The Blue Devils are 3-0 all-time against the Dolphins, including last season's 16-7 victory in Durham.

Duke by the Numbers
49-24 - Duke's overall record in season openers
314 - Wins by head coach John Danowski in his 30 seasons, one of four active Division I head coaches to have at least 300 wins
8 -  Returning starters from last year's squad
94-24 -  John Danowski' s record in his six seasons at Duke
159 - Goals scored by returning players
15 - Straight season openers won by the Blue Devils, dating back to the 1998 season when they lost to Maryland, 15-9
20-1 - Duke's record in its previous 21 home games, including a nation's-best 10-game win streak heading into 2013
32 - Rank of Jordan Wolf on Duke's all-time career points list with 116
622-271 - Combined record of head coaches John Danowski and Bill Tierney heading into the weekend
42-20 - Duke has outscored Jacksonville by in its three meetings

 A Win over Denver Would

  • Push Duke's home win streak to 11 games
  • Make Duke 38-6 in games in the month of February
  • Be the Blue Devils' 16th straight win in a season opener
  • Give head coach John Danowski his 315th career victory and 95th at Duke
  • Be the program's 484th victory
  • Be Duke's 119th win since 2005  

Scouting Denver
Denver enters the 2013 campaign after posting a 9-7 record in 2012 with six of those losses coming by one goal ... The Pioneers will look to replace their top two scorers from a year ago in Mark Matthews and Alex Demopolous ... Jeremy Noble and Eric Law are the top returning scorers after tallying 46 and 42 points, respectively, last season ... All-American Chase Carraro will lead the Denver faceoff group  after a solid sophomore campaign in which he won 60 percent of his draws ... Drew Babb and Carson Cannon will anchor the defense and Ryan LaPlante and Jamie Faus will battle for the starting stop between the pipes. 

Scouting Jacksonville
Jacksonville opens the 2013 season under the direction of second-year head coach Guy Van Arsdale after compiling a 6-7 record in 2012 ... The  Dolphins recently defeated preseason No. 3 Notre Dame 9-8 in an exhibition game in Orlando ... Senior Cameron Mann headlines the offense with 19 goals and 22 assists for 41 points, while sophomore Ari Waffle is back after a strong rookie campaign with a team-best 23 goals ... Tyler Black is back to lead the defense after 10 caused turnovers and 28 ground balls in 2012 ... Will Vogt and Dan McNulty both return after splitting faceoff duties last season, while Peter DeLuca will man the cage for Jacksonville.

Last Time Duke and Denver Met
Denver outscored Duke 9-4 in the second half to earn a 15-9 victory in the Mile High Classic last season ... Duke, falling behind 4-1 early, rallied to tie the game 5-5, but could not stop the Pioneers' offense in the final 30 minutes in the loss ... David Lawson led Duke scorers with three goals, while Mark Matthews and Eric Law combined for eight goals.

Last Time Duke and Jacksonville Met
Behind five goals from Jordan Wolf, the Blue Devils used a big second half to down Jacksonville 16-7 ... Duke outscored the Dolphins 8-2 in the final 30 minutes to earn the win ... The Blue Devils held Jacksonville to just eight shots on goal in the second half and won 8-of-11 faceoffs ... Kyle Turri played the first three quarters, making five saves, while Peter DeLuca had 16 stops for the Dolphins. 

Duke in the Month of February
Duke is 37-6 in the month of February all-time and 12-5 under head coach John Danowski ... The Blue Devils last lost in the second month of the year in a 7-3 setback at Notre Dame in 2012 ... Duke's last home loss in February was against the Fighting Irish in 2010.

Reaching the Perfect 10
Since 2007, Duke is 84-5 when scoring at least 10 goals in a game ... The Blue Devils are 10-19 when being held to fewer than 10 scores ... Duke is 22-18 when allowing 10 goals in a contest and is 72-6 when holding opponents under 10 goals.

Home Sweet Home
Duke heads into the 2013 season riding a 10-game win streak, the longest in the nation ... Duke is 20-1 in its previous 21 home games and last lost in the ACC Championship game in 2011 to Maryland ... Overall, the Blue Devils have fared well at home since 2005, going 74-7 overall ... Under head coach John Danowski, Duke is 59-6 in Durham.

Against Ranked Opponents
Since 2006, Duke has amassed a 70-27 (.722) record versus ranked opponents ... In 2012, Duke went 9-5 against ranked opponents with four of five losses coming to top-10 foes.

Against Unranked Opponents
Since 2005, Duke is 41-2 against unranked opponents ... The Blue Devils' lone losses to unranked foes both came against Ivy League schools ... The first was a 9-6 setback against Harvard, Feb. 22, 2009 and the most recent was a 7-3 loss to Pennsylvania, Feb. 26, 2011.

One Goal Games
Duke improved to 69-61 all-time in games decided by one goal  when it held off Maryland 6-5 in the ACC Semifinal ... Duke played a program-high seven one-goal games in both 1994 and 1997 ... Duke is 11-5 in one-goal games under John Danowski.

Duke In Overtime Contests
Duke has played 35 overtime games in its history ... The Blue Devils are 17-17-1 ... Under head coach John Danowski, Duke is 4-1 in contests that go into overtime.

Danowski Ranks Among the Best
With a 16-8 victory over Rutgers in the 2012 season opener, head coach John Danowski became the sixth Division I men's lacrosse coach to reach the 300-win benchmark ... Danowski is one of four active coaches to reach the 300-win plateau and ranks second among active coaches in career victories.

 

 

Coach, School

W

L

1

Dom Starsia, Virginia

341

122

2

John Danowski, Duke

314

163

3

Bob Shillinglaw, Delaware

305

273

5

Bill Tierney, Denver

308

108

6

Mike Pressler, Bryant

298

133

7

Scott Nelson, Binghamton

235

119

8

Kevin Corrigan, Notre Dame

240

124

9

Don Zimmerman, UMBC

213

138

10

John Desko, Syracuse

171

54

100 Wins Since 2005
With over 100 victories since the 2005 season Duke has compiled more wins than any other program in the country since 2005.

 

1

Duke

118-28

0.811

2

Virginia

110-26

0.809

3

Cornell

96-27

0.78

6

Notre Dame

91-30

0.752

4

Johns Hopkins

91-35

0.722

5

Syracuse

91-36

0.717

7

Maryland

90-45

0.667

8

Massachusetts

80-42

0.656

9

Hofstra

80-44

0.645

10

Denver

83-47

0.638

Duke Has Tough Schedule in 2012
The sixth-ranked Blue Devils have a tough schedule ahead of them in 2013 ... Duke has six ranked opponents on its schedule, all of which are ranked in the top then, including each of the top four. 
 

Team

Current

Game Day

Denver

9

6

Notre Dame

3

-

Maryland

2

-

Loyola

1

-

North Carolina

4

-

Virginia

7

-

Veteran Attack
Duke's trio of attackmen - Josh Dionne, Christian Walsh and Jordan Wolf - have played in a combined 120 games with 86 starts between the three of them ... Over the course of the first two seasons they have amassed 255 points from 164 goals and 91 assists, including 157 points in 2012.

Leading the Defense
While the attack returns a trio of veterans, the defense is not without its experience ... Junior and  third-year starter Chris Hipps returns to help anchor the defense, while classmate Henry Lobb begins his second year as a starter ... Rounding out the close defense group is senior captain Bill Conners, who has played 56 career games ... Longstick midfielders Luke Duprey and Brian Dailey will be key members of the defensive unit, while defensive midfielders Greg DeLuca, Brendan Fowler and Tommy Patterson also will be key contributors.

Wigrizer Climbing Goalie Charts
Junior goaltender Dan Wigrizer broke the 400 career saves mark with 14 stops at Virginia on April 13, 2012 ... He needs just 92 saves to tie Dan Loftus for fourth all-time in Duke goalkeeper history.

In the Midfield
Duke enters the 2013 season with a combination of youth and experience in the midfield ... Jake Tripucka and David Lawson along with Josh Offit all have at least 50 games apiece in their careers ... They will be joined by rookies Myles Jones and Deemer Class as well as sophomore Will Haus on the top two lines, while a host of other sophomores will battle for minutes.

Faceoff Game
The Blue Devils will look to fill the void CJ Costabile left at the faceoff X ... Junior Brendan Fowler is the top returning draw man after winning 60 percent (90-of-149) restarts in 2012 ... Fowler turned in his best performance against Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament, winning 12-of-17 faceoffs for the Blue Devils ... Junior Charlie Payton returns from injury a year ago as well as Greg DeLuca who took 27 faceoffs a year ago.

Duke Welcomes 15 Newcomers
Duke welcomes 15 newcomers to the program, including 13 rookies ... The Blue Devils also garnered the experience of fifth-year senior Dan DiMaria as well as sophomore Will Hendrickson ... DiMaria comes to Duke after playing three seasons at Harvard at longstick midfield.

Top Rookies
The Blue Devils welcome a wealth of freshman talent to the squad in 2012 ... Attackman Case Matheis headlines the list as Inside Lacrosse's No. 1 incoming freshman .. Matheis holds the Darien High School career record for goals (198), assists (157) and points (355) ... Myles Jones was rated at the No. 8 postgraduate player by the publication, while Deemer Class is 10th overall and third among midfielders ... Overall Inside Lacrosse ranked this group second nationally, behind just Syracuse's class.

 

Player

Pos.

Overall

 By Pos.

Luke Aaron

G

29

3

Deemer Class

M

10

3

Chris Coady

D

-

23

Chad Cohan

A

-

39

Jamie Ikeda

 

19

6

Myles Jones

M

8*

-

Case Matheis

A

1

1


* postgraduate rank

Wolf Climbing Duke Points List
Junior attackman Jordan Wolf enters the 2013 season ranked 32nd on the Duke career points list with 116 ... In 40 career games, he has amassed 116 career points from 63 goals and 53 assists ... He tallied 51 points in his rookie season and has 65 points his sophomore campaign.

Wolf Career Hat Tricks
Sophomore Jordan Wolf owns nine career hat tricks, ranking tied for third among all Division I juniors ... He is behind Detroit Mercy's Shayne Adams and Denver's Joel Matthews and Shayne Adams ... Overall, Wolf has scored three-plus points in 22 of his 40 career games.

Captains
As voted on by their teammates, seniors Bill Conners, David Lawson and Josh Offit will serve as captains for the 2013 season.

Up Next
The Blue Devils face another challenging weekend next week, hosting No. 3 Notre Dame Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. ... Duke welcomes Mercer to Koskinen Stadium the following afternoon at the same time.


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