Duke Hosts Presbyterian on Friday
Riding a seven-game win streak, sixth-ranked Duke will host unranked Presbyterian on Friday, April 9 at Koskinen Stadium at 7 p.m. ... Prior to the game Duke Athletics will host "Bluegate," an alternative event also sponsored by Responsible Individuals Generating Healthy Trends ... The event starts at 5 p.m., on the turf fields directly behind Koskinen Stadium and is open to everyone.
Duke-Presbyterian Series History
Duke and Presbyterian are meeting for the second time in the programs' histories ... The Blue Devils defeated the Blue Hose 18-4 in Presbyterian's inaugural season in 2008 ... The Blue Hose are in their third season as a Division I program.
Last Time Out Against Presbyterian
Terrence Molinari scored four goals while Josh Coveleski and Zach Howell added three tallies apiece to lead top-ranked Duke to an 18-4 win over visiting Presbyterian ... Duke scored four goals in the opening four minutes of the contest and led 7-0 after one period.
A Win Over Presbyterian Would
- Be the program's 449th all-time victory
- Be John Danowski's 279th career victory and 60th at Duke
- Push Duke's win streak to eight games
- Give Duke its fifth straight 10-win season in a completed season
Against Independent Programs
Six programs remain as independents in NCAA Division I lacrosse ... The Blue Devils have played four of the teams and are 7-11 all-time against those four schools ... Duke will play three independent schools this season and is 1-0 after a win over Jacksonville.
Duke comes into the Friday night contest on a seven-game win streak and a 9-3 overall record after beating Jacksonville 16-7 last weekend ... Senior Max Quinzani leads all scorers in the ACC with 52 points from 44 goals and eight assists ... Senior Ned Crotty has a team-high 38 assists and 49 points overall, while junior Zach Howell has 42 points from 30 goals and 12 assists ... Sophomore Justin Turri has 22 points and Duke has seven players overall with double digit points ... Senior defenseman Parker McKee has a team-best 22 caused turnovers and 56 ground balls ... The faceoff game is anchored by senior Sam Payton with an 85-of-156 (.545) mark at the X ... In goal, freshman Dan Wigrizer has started all 12 games and sports a 9.18 goals against average and a .550 save percentage.
Presbyterian enters the Friday night contest with a 1-7 overall record ... Its lone victory was an 8-6 triumph over Providence College on Feb. 27 ... The Blue Hose are led on offense by Tyler Melnyk with 17 goals and six assists for 23 points, while Andrew Athens has 16 points and Sean Mulford has contributed 15 points ... James Cupo leads the team at the faceoff X with a 66-of-136 (.485) record and a team-best 35 ground balls ... Blake Studstill leads the way with 13 caused turnovers ... In goal, Jon Athens has played every minute and owns a 12.62 goals against average and a .482 save percentage.
Duke Beats Jacksonville on Sunday Afternoon
Nine different players scored for Duke to lead the seventh-ranked Blue Devils to a 16-7 victory over visiting Jacksonville ... Duke pushed its win streak to seven games with the victory and closed out a four-game stretch in nine days with a 4-0 mark.
Breakout Games for Duke's Offense
After scoring just 60 goals in the first six games, Duke has tallied 91 scores in the past six outings ... The Blue Devils registered 20 goals against Penn State, 15 versus Dartmouth and Georgetown, 11 against Brown, 14 at Harvard and 16 versus Jacksonville ... The starting attack unit of Ned Crotty, Zach Howell and Max Quinzani scored 44 of the 91 goals and 77 of the 149 points.
Picking Up The Grounders
Duke holds a +90 advantage overall on ground balls this season, winning an average of 7.5 more loose balls per game ... The Blue Devils have either picked up more or the same amount of ground balls as their opponents in all 12 games this season ... Duke is 8-2 in games when they pick up more ground balls.
Magic Number is 10
Duke is 8-1 this season when it registers 10-plus goals ... The lone victory with a single-digit scoring output was an 8-5 win at Loyola ... Meanwhile, in all three of the Blue Devils' losses they have sacrificed more than 10 goals.
A Tale of Two Seasons
The Blue Devils started the year 2-3 in their first five games, but have since begun to hit their stride in winning each of the past seven games ... Duke has allowed just 50 goals in the past seven games after letting in 57 in the first five contests.
Stat First Five Last Seven
|Stat||First Five||Last Seven|
|Assists Per Game||6.6||9.00|
|Shots Per Game||32.8||41.0|
|Man-Up Offense||8-16 (.500)||14-26 (.538)|
|Man-Down Defense||11-21 (.524)||5-23 (.217)|
|Penalties (Min)||25 (22:00)||23 (18:00)|
|Clears (Pct.)||68-87 (.782)||127-146 (.870)|
|Opp. Clears (Pct.)||86-115 (.748)||116-156 (.744)|
Duke in the Month of April
Duke has played 320 games in the month of April and sports a 155-165 record all-time in the fourth month of the year ... The Blue Devils are 16-0 in April under head coach John Danowski.
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