Duke Cruises in to NCAA Quarters
Thanks to a 7-0 run in the final 9:14 of the second quarter, the Blue Devils eased past Villanova 17-11 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Rookie Joe Robertson finished with four goals and an assist, while Brad Smith had a goal and four assists. Another rookie in Nakeie Montgomery had a career game with his first hat trick as a Blue Devil. Overall, 11 Blue Devils registered at least one point and eight had at least one goal. Brian Smyth dominated the faceoff X, winning 23-of-28 draws, picking up 16 ground balls and registering a goal and an assist.
Quigleys Match Up Opposite Each Other
For the first time since graduating from high school, twin brothers Kevin Quigley and Brendan Quigley were on the same field playing lacrosse. However, this time it was for opposing teams as Kevin runs on Duke’s second midfield line and Brendan is a short-stick defensive middie for Villanova. Check out the story below with a viewpoint from the brothers as well as their parents on that special moment.
Senior Justin Guterding inched closer to Zack Greer’s NCAA record 206 goals with two goals against Villanova. Guterding currently stands at 204, needing three to pass Greer. They are the only two players in NCAA Division I history to record 200 goals in a career. The senior captain finished the day with three points to put him at 99 for the season, one shy of joining Jordan Wolf as the lone Duke players with 100 points in a season and five away from breaking Wolf’s record of 103 in 2014.
Gill Makes Most of NCAA Opportunities
David Gill has made the most of his opportunities in his two NCAA Tournament outings. The Chatham, N.J., lined up on the faceoff wing for Duke last weekend and came away with a career-best two goals on two shots. In 2017, at Johns Hopkins, Gill came on to tally a goal on his lone shot in the 19-6 win over the Blue Jays in the NCAA opener. For his career, Gill has five goals and three have come in NCAA Tournament play.
Smyth Shines in Six
Sophomore faceoff specialist had quite the day last weekend, winning 23-of-28 draws, picking up 16 ground balls and adding a goal and an assist. The 82 percent success rate against the Wildcats was only the latest demonstration of Duke’s now top draw man’s improvement at the X. Smyth has come on strong in Duke’s previous six outings, winning 61-of-99 for 62 percent. Even prior to last Saturday, Smyth was at 54 percent in his five previous games after going 53-of-126 (.421) in his first eight.
|4/7/18||at Notre Dame||8-2||4||5-10||.500|
|4/27/18||vs. Notre Dame||11-14||7||15-27||.555|
NCAA Tournament Notes Update
16 – NCAA Quarterfinal appearances for the Blue Devils
36 – Career saves for Danny Fowler in his five NCAA Tournament games, tied for eighth in Duke history and 10 away from fifth
8-1 – Duke’s record in NCAA quarterfinal games under head coach John Danowski with the first loss coming last season
11.33 – Average margin of victory for Duke in its three NCAA Tournament wins over Johns Hopkins under Danowski
397 – Career wins for head coach John Danowski, three away from becoming the first Division I coach to reach 400 victories
LOOKING AHEAD TO DUKE VS. JOHNS HOPKINS | SUNDAY, MAY 20 | 2:30 PM | ESPNU
Duke vs. Hopkins Top 10
Sunday will mark the eighth time Duke and Johns Hopkins will face off both ranked in the top 10 and just the fourth time as top five squads in modern history. The Blue Jays enter the matchup ranked second and Duke fourth in the most recent USILA poll. Hopkins is 2-1 when ranked higher with the most recent victory being a 10-9 triumph in the NCAA semifinal in 2008.
|Date||Duke Rank||JHU Rank||Duke Result|
Duke Second Quarter Spurts
The Blue Devils are outscoring their opponents 70-31 in the second quarter this season. Duke has outscored its foes in 13 of the 17 second quarters. The Blue Devils lost the second 15-minute session to Cleveland State (1-2) and Notre Dame (3-4) in the ACC Tournament and tied Notre Dame (1-1) and Jacksonville (4-4).
|GOALS BY PERIOD||1st||2nd||3rd||4th|
Hopkins a Second Half Squad
Johns Hopkins has thrived in the second half this season, outscoring opponents 113-72. The Blue Jays have struggled out of the gates at times, being outscored 78-76 in the first half this year. They have erased at least a three-goal deficit to win three times this season and rallied from a 9-2 score to beat Virginia. Hopkins trailed 9-6 to Rutgers in the third quarter and eventually won 13-12. It also came back from two-goals down in third quarters to beat Ohio State and Maryland in the Big Ten Championship.
|GOALS BY PERIOD||1st||2nd||3rd||4th|
On paper, Duke and Johns Hopkins appear to be quite similar. Both teams feature top 10 scoring offenses, own similar faceoff numbers and have reliable go-to playmakers on attack. The Blue Devils have the edge defensively and with their man-up offense, while the Blue Jays have been able to generate more shots. What will give Sunday when all the stats are thrown out of the window and only what happens between the lines for 60 minutes matters? Tune in at 2:30 p.m., on ESPNU to find out.
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|EMO||17-32 (.531)||19-54 (.352)|
|Man Down||40-57 (.702)||32-48 (.667)|
|Clears||276-311 (.887)||222-247 (.899)|
|Faceoff %||219-434 (.505)||214-397 (.539)|