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No. 5 Duke and No. 2 Loyola Face Off Thursday
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Release: 03/06/2019
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GAME 7

No. 5 Duke (5-1) vs. No. 2 Loyola (4-1)

March 7, 2019 | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Koskinen Stadium | Durham, N.C.

 

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Event Notes

  • Duke returns home for a three-game homestand that starts with No. 2 Loyola and ends with No. 1 Towson. The Blue Devils and Greyhounds square off on ESPNU at 7 p.m., Thursday.
  • The Blue Devils moved to No. 5 in the USILA poll following their win at No. 16 Richmond, while Loyola dropped to No. 2 after losing to Towson.
  • Thursday’s game will be the second of five top 20 opponents Duke is scheduled to face in March.

Setting the Scene

  • Duke returns home for a three-game homestand that starts with No. 2 Loyola and ends with No. 1 Towson. The Blue Devils and Greyhounds square off on ESPNU at 7 p.m., Thursday.
  • The Blue Devils moved to No. 5 in the USILA poll following their win at No. 16 Richmond, while Loyola dropped to No. 2 after losing to Towson.
  • Thursday’s game will be the second of five top 20 opponents Duke is scheduled to face in March.

 

The Series History

  • Duke and Loyola are meeting for the 33rd time. The Blue Devils hold a 20-12 advantage in the series and are 11-4 under John Danowski.
  • The Blue Devils lead the series in Durham by a 14-2 margin with the last home loss to Loyola being in 2001.
  • The matchup is the fifth time the two teams will play when both are ranked in the top 10, and second as top-five programs. Loyola won the previous top-five matchup, 14-9, in Baltimore in 2014.

 

Duke – Loyola by the Numbers

16 – Career hat tricks in Joe Robertson’s 26 career games after scoring three against Richmond

 

.605 – Duke’s faceoff win percentage in 2019, ranking first in the ACC and 13th nationally

 

15.40 – Loyola’s goals scored per game average, the fourth highest among Division I teams

 

8.83 – Goals allowed per game by the Blue Devils, ranking seventh nationally

 

132 – Career points for Brad Smith, ranking 18th among active players

 

303 – Career points for Pat Spencer, leading active players

 

17 – Goal scoring streak for Joe Robertson, ranking ninth among Division I players and tops in the ACC

 

3.35 – Career points per game average for Joe Robertson, ranking 15th among active players

 

13 – Points needed for sophomore Joe Robertson to become the 46th Blue Devil to amass 100 career points. 

 

11 – Caused turnovers apiece for close defensemen Cade Van Raaphorst and JT Giles-Harris, half their totals in 20 games last season

 

4.25 – Winning scoring margin for the Blue Devils in the eight home games versus Loyola since 2007

 

Last Time Out

  • Sixth-ranked Duke outscored Richmond 3-0 in the fourth quarter to come away with a hard-fought 11-7 road victory over the No. 16 Spiders last Friday night.
  • Joe Robertson and Brad Smith both had three goals apiece to lead the charge defensively, while backup goaltender David McCann earned his first collegiate win with eight saves.
  • Richmond jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 2:18, but Duke stayed strong and steady and fought its way into a 4-3 lead in holding the Spiders scoreless for 27:30. The Blue Devils held a narrow 8-7 lead after three and sealed the victory with three unanswered, two from Robertson, in the fourth.
  • The starting close defense duo JT Giles-Harris and Cade Van Raaphorst combined for five caused turnovers and seven ground balls in keeping Richmond to only four goals in the final 57:42. Brian Smyth won 14-of-21 faceoffs, including 9-of-12 in the second half.

 

Last Time We Met

  • Midfielders Brad Smith and Peter Conley both scored four goals apiece and combined for 12 points to lead the third-ranked Blue Devils to a 13-9 victory over sixth-ranked Loyola last season in Baltimore.
  • Loyola led 4-2 after 20 minutes of action as Duke struggled to find its rhythm offensivley. The Blue Devils were held scoreless for the final 11:23 of the first quarter, but scored four unanswered in the second for a 6-4 advantage.
  • Joe Stein was the man at the X that day, winning 17-of-25 draws and picking up nine ground balls.

 

Home Sweet Home for the Blue Devils

  • Duke has fared well in the comfy confines of Koskinen Stadium since 2007. The Blue Devils are 1-1 at Koskinen this season and 103-18 all-time at home under John Danowski. Duke is 2-1 in Durham this season, playing Penn on the West Campus Turf Fields.

 

Pat Spencer vs. Duke

  • Loyola’s Pat Spencer is one of the top attackmen in the country ranking first in points per game (7.40), second in assists per game (4.00) and 14th in goals per game (3.40).
  • Among active players he is first in career goals, assists and points. In the four outings against the Blue Devils, the Maryland native is averaging 4.00 points, 2.25 goals and 1.75 assists per game.

 

Pat Spencer Statistics

Year G-A-P Averages vs. Duke Career
2018 0-3-3 A/Game 2.25 3.32
2017 2-1-3 Pts/Game 4.00 5.41
2016 % 3-5-8 G/Game 1.75 2.09
2016 2-0-2

% denotes NCAA Tournament game

 

Blue Devils vs. Loyola

  • The current group of Blue Devils are 3-1 against Loyola in their careers. The loss came in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Nineteen current Blue Devils have faced the Greyhounds and Brad Smith is averaging 2.25 points per game in the four outings.
Player GP G A P GB CT FO
John Prendergast 4 - - - 2 - -
Cade Van Raaphorst 4 - - - 5 - -
Brad Smith 4 6 3 9 1 - -
Peter Welch 2 - 1 1 4 2 -
CJ Carpenter 2 0 1 1 - - -
JT Giles-Harris 2 - - - 3 4 -
Kevin Quigley 2 1 0 1 3 - -
Joey Manown 2 3 1 4 - - -
Sean Lowrie 2 0 1 1 1 - -
Terry Lindsay 2 - - - 3 1 -
Ryan Hastings 1 - - - - - -
Reilly Walsh 1 1 0 1 - - -
Joe Robertson 1 3 0 3 2 - -
Nakeie Montgomery 1 1 0 1 - - -
Jake Seau 1 - - - - - -
Blake Leischow 1 - - - - - -
Joe Stein 1 - - - 9 - 17-25
Jack Fowler 1 - - - - - -
Goalie GP GA SVs GBs CT
Turner Uppgren 1 - - - -

 

A Win over Loyola Would

  • Be head coach John Danowski’s 405th career win
  • Be the program’s 575th overall victory
  • Make Duke 220-130 in the month of March

 

Brad Smith Adapts to Attack

  • Brad Smith became a household name for the Blue Devils in 2018, scoring 65 points as a member of the first midfield after totaling 53 his first two seasons combined.
  • After three seasons in the midfield, Smith made the move to attack this season and continues to build his comfort level. He took a big step forward against Penn with a career-high matching six points. In his four starts, Smith has seven goals and seven assists.
Date Opponent Score G A Pts Sh GWG UP
2/6/19 HIGH POINT 9-13 0 0 0 1 0 0
2/9/19 at Jacksonville 15-8 0 2 2 3 0 0
2/16/19 DENVER 10-9 1 2 3 4 0 0
2/23/19 PENN 17-7 3 3 6 5 0 0
3/1/19 at Richomond 11-7 3 0 3 7 0 0
Totals 52-38 7 7 14 20 0 0

 

Up Next

  • The Blue Devils remain at home for their next two games, hosting first-year program Utah, March 12 and No. 1 Towson March 16.

 

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