Setting the Scene • Duke advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the ninth time and seventh straight with a thrilling 12-11 comeback win over Notre Dame • Duke is 14-5 overall and has won 12 of its previous 13 games • Duke is 26-15 overall in NCAA Tournament play and 17-5 under head coach John Danowski • Cornell cruised past Ohio State 16-6 to earn its 13th NCAA semifinal appearance
The Series History • Duke and Cornell are playing for the 10th time with the Big Red leading the series 6-3 • The Blue Devils are 2-0 against the Big Red in the NCAA Tournament with wins in 2005 and 2007
Duke by the Numbers 9 – NCAA lacrosse championship weekend appearances for the Blue Devils, including seven straight 21 – NCAA Tournament wins by head coach John Danowski, fifth all-time in NCAA DI history 22-5 - Duke’s record in the month of May under head coach John Danowski 12 – Faceoff wins needed by Brendan Fowler to break the NCAA single season mark of 311 .717 – Brendan Fowler’s faceoff win percentage in the fourth quarter this season 74 – Points by Jordan Wolf this season, ninth in Duke single-season history 5 – Duke players who have scored at least five goals in a NCAA Tournament game, including David Lawson last weekend against Notre Dame 58 – Combined NCAA Tournament wins for Cornell and Duke in a combined 42 appearances 101 – Career points by Josh Dionne, the 41st player in program history to reach the century mark 6-6 - Duke’s overall record in NCAA Tournament games in NFL stadiums 33 – Caused turnovers by junior Luke Duprey, three more than his combined total from 2011 and 2012 10-3 – Danowski’s record in rematches with regular season opponents in the NCAA Tournament
NCAA Tournament Notes • Duke is making its 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and seventh consecutive Championship Weekend appearance • Duke is facing Cornell for the third time in the NCAA Tournament, sporting a 2-0 record in the previous meetings • The Blue Devils have played in seven different NFL stadiums since 2005 and are 8-12 in games played at NFL venues overall and 6-6 in NCAA Tournament games. • After earning a double overtime win over Loyola in the first round, the Blue Devils improved to 3-0 in overtime NCAA Tournament games • Duke is 26-15 all-time in its 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and 3-5 in semifinal games • Duke has advanced to championship weekend in each of the previous seven seasons and nine times overall • Duke earned the seventh seed for the fourth time and is 5-3 as the No. 7 seed ... Duke also was the seven seed in 1998, 2000, and 2002 ... The Blue Devils have earned a top-eight seed in 1994 (8), 1995 (5), 1997 (5), 1998 (7), 1999 (4), 2000 (7), 2002 (7) and 2005 (2), 2007 (1), 2008 (1), 2009 (3), 2010 (5), 2011 (5), 2012 (3) and 2013 (7). • Duke posted a 3-4 record against this year’s NCAA Tournament 16-team field ... The Blue Devils faced six of the 16 teams selected, four of the top eight seeds and one of the other three remaining squads. • Duke has won 20 of its past 26 NCAA playoff games, with three of the losses coming against Johns Hopkins in the 2005 and 2007 title games and the 2008 semifinals • Overall, the Blue Devils are 21-6 in NCAA action when reaching double figures in the scoring column and 1-9 when held to nine or fewer goals • Duke is one of seven schools with more tournament wins than postseason appearances (Cornell, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Princeton, Syracuse & Virginia)
Scouting Cornell Cornell (14-3) is on a hot streak in the NCAA Tournament with commanding victories over Maryland and Ohio State ... The Big Red is averaging 16 goals per game and is led on offense by Tewaaraton finalist Rob Pannell’s 42 goals and 53 assists ... Steve Mock has a team-high 59 goals and 68 points overall and is coming off of a seven-goal performance in the quarterfinal win over the Buckeyes ... Overall, Cornell is averaging 14.59 goals per game this season, while allowing just 8.65 ... Jason Noble leads the defensive effort with 34 caused turnovers and 52 ground balls ... At the faceoff X, Doug Tesoriero is 226-of-382 for .592 with 122 ground balls ... Anchoring the defense between the pipes is AJ Fiore with a 8.49 goals against average and a .529 save percentage ... He is averaging just over nine saves per game in his 17 starts ... Cornell is 2-0 in neutral site games and has allowed 10-plus goals in seven games this season.
High Powered Offense Meet The nation’s No. 2 and No. 3 scoring offenses will meet Saturday when Cornell and Duke face off at Lincoln Financial Field ... The Big Red are averaging 14.59 goals per game this season and 16 in the NCAA Tournament, while the Blue Devils are scoring 13.84 goals per game overall and 12.0 in the postseason ... Cornell has been held to fewer than 10 goals just once this season ... Duke has failed to score 10 goals four times this season, but not since the 9-8 win over Loyola March 8 that sparked the nine-game win streak ... Duke has scored at least 15 goals in nine games, while Cornell has done so eight times.
Taking a Look Back at 2007 Duke and Cornell last met in the NCAA Tournament in a one-goal thriller in the 2007 NCAA semifinal ... The Big Red overcame a seven-goal deficit to tie the game with 17 seconds to go ... Duke won the ensuing faceoff and Zack Greer scored one of the best goals in Duke lacrosse history with three seconds left to give Duke the 12-11 win and send the Blue Devils into the title game.
A Win over Cornell Would • Make Duke 57-58-1 in the month of May • Give head coach John Danowski his 329th career victory and 110th at Duke • Be the program’s 498th victory • Be Duke’s 133rd win since 2005 • Make Duke 27-15 in NCAA Tournament play • Push Duke in the championship game for the fourth time • Give Danowski his 22nd career NCAA Tournament victory – 18 at Duke, 4 at Hofstra • Make Duke 3-0 against Cornell in the NCAA Tournament
Duke in the Month of May Duke is 56-58-1 all-time in the month of May ... The Blue Devils are 22-5 under head coach John Danowski in the month and 17-5 in NCAA Tournament games.
Against Ranked Opponents Since 2006, Duke has amassed a 74-31 (.705) record versus ranked opponents ... Duke is 4-5 in 2013 against currently ranked opponents, falling to No. 3 Denver, No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 8 Maryland, No. 17 Penn and No. 1 North Carolina and beating No. 9 Loyola twice, No. 1 North Carolina and No. 6 Notre Dame.
Duke’s Second Half Faceoff Game Led by junior Brendan Fowler at the faceoff X, Duke currently ranks third nationally in faceoff percentage (.625) with Fowler also ranking third ... Most importantly, Duke gets stronger at the draw as the game goes on ... The Blue Devils win 58 percent of draws in the first half ... That rises to 68 percent in the second half, including nearly 70 percent in the third quarter.
Duke’s Balanced Offense Duke sports one of the most balanced offenses in Division I lacrosse with six players averaging over 2.00 points per game ... Only Princeton has as many players averaging two points per game ... Duke’s Jordan Wolf, Case Matheis, Josh Offit, David Lawson, Josh Dionne and Jake Tripucka all average at least 2.22 points per game this season.
Reaching the Perfect 10 Since 2007, Duke is 97-7 when scoring at least 10 goals in a game ... The Blue Devils are 11-22 when being held to fewer than 10 scores ... Duke is 27-23 when allowing 10 goals in a contest and is 80-6 when holding opponents under 10 goals ... Against Cornell, since 2005, Duke has allowed the Big Red 10-plus goals in three games, going 1-2 in those outings ... Duke is 2-0 when tallying at least 10 markers against Cornell since 2005
Danowski Makes History with No. 7 Head coach John Danowski became the first Division I head coach to advance to the NCAA semifinals in each of his first seven seasons with a program when the Blue Devils beat Notre Dame 1-0 this past weekend ... Syracuse’s John Desko advanced to six straight from 1999-04 ... Danowski’s seven straight is the lone active streak.
Wolf Climbing Career Points List Wolf’s 74 points this season have pushed him up to 12th on the Duke career scoring chart with 190 points ... He is 12 points shy of the top 10 ... In 59 career games, he has amassed 190 career points from 112 goals and 78 assists.
Dionne the Latest to Join the 100 Club Junior attackman Josh Dionne became the latest member of Duke’s 100-points club when he netted a hat trick in the win over Notre Dame ... Dionne pushed his total to 101 (86g, 15a) to become the 41st Blue Devil to join the list.
Fowler in NCAA Records Book Brendan Fowler has found his way onto various single-season lists in the NCAA records book ... His 183 ground balls rank third in NCAA single-season history, while his current 9.63 GBs/gm average is 11th ... Kevin Massa of Bryant set the NCAA single-season marks with 231 and 12.16 this season ... At the faceoff X Fowler’s 303 wins and 467 faceoffs attempted are third all-time.