No. 2 Duke (6-1) vs. Utah (4-3)
March 12, 2019 | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Koskinen Stadium | Durham, N.C.
Smith and Giles-Harris Honored
- For the second time this season, Duke swept the ACC Players of the Week awards with Brad Smith being named Offensive Player of the Week and JT Giles-Harris Defensive Player of the Week following the win over No. 2 Loyola. It is the first weekly award for either player this season.
- Smith tallied a game-high five points from two goals and three assists to help Duke to an 11-3 after three quarters. Giles-Harris was instrumental in holding the nation’s leading goal scorer, Kevin Lindley, without a point and to only three shots. With Giles-Harris helping to anchor the Duke defense, the Blue Devils held Loyola to only seven goals, eight fewer than its average heading into the matchup.
Setting the Scene
- Duke continues its three-game homestand with a Tuesday night game against first-year program Utah. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m.
- The Blue Devils moved to No. 2 in the USILA poll following their win over No. 2 Loyola. Utah is riding a three-game win streak coming into Durham.
- Duke has won five straight since losing to High Point in the second game of the year.
The Series History
- Duke welcomes first-year program Utah to Durham for the first meeting between the two programs.
- Head Coach John Danowski has a history of playing first-year programs in his time here at Duke, including Cleveland State, High Point, Marquette, Furman, etc.
Tale of the Tape
|EMO||4-18 (.222)||8-24 (.333)|
|Man Down||14-20 (.700)||15-24 (.625)|
|Faceoff %||101-174 (.580)||59-104 (.362)|
By the Numbers
16 – Career hat tricks in Joe Robertson’s 27 career games
.580 – Duke’s faceoff win percentage in 2019, ranking first in the ACC and 15th nationally
8.43 – Utah’s goals scored per game average, reaching double digits three times in seven games
8.57 – Goals allowed per game by the Blue Devils, holding six of seven opponents under 10 goals
137 – Career points for Brad Smith, ranking 19th among active players
3.00 – Goals per game average for Joe Robertson, the highest in the ACC and 19th nationally
3.71 – Goals per game average for Utah’s Josh Stout, fifth among Division I players
18 – Game goal scoring streak for Joe Robertson, ranking eighth among Division I players and tops in the ACC
28.00 – Opponents’ shots per game average in the past three games
11 – 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
Last Time Out
- Fifth-ranked Duke dominated No. 2 Loyola on both ends of the field to score a 12-7 victory last Thursday. It was the second top five win for the Blue Devils this season and the fifth straight victory overall.
- Joey Manown and Nakeie Montgomery had four goals apiece, while Brad Smith helped orchestrate the offense with two goals and three assists. Duke outscored the Greyhounds 5-0 in the third quarter and 8-1 over the span of two periods.
- Nakeie Montgomery registered a first-quarter hat trick to put Duke up 3-2 after 15 minutes and then dominated the next two quarters to pull away with an 11-3 lead after three quarters.
- The starting close defense duo JT Giles-Harris and Cade Van Raaphorst were outstanding in holding the nation’s leading goal scorer to no points and the country’s top point scorer to only three, respectively. Loyola’s seven goals were eight fewer than it was averaging heading into the game.
Looking at Duke
- Duke moved back to No. 2 this week after beating No. 2 Loyola. The Blue Devils enter Tuesday’s non-conference matchup with a 6-1 record. The Blue Devils are led offensively by sophomore Joe Robertson’s 21 goals and eight assists. Joey Manown has 15 goals and 21 points overall and Brad Smith is hitting his stride and has 19 points from nine goals and 10 assists.
- On defense, the duo of All-Americans Cade Van Raaphorst and JT Giles-Harris anchor the close defense along with senior Jack Fowler who is a first-year starter. Van Raaphorst has 19 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers, while Giles-Harris has 17 and 11, respectively. They have been matchup nightmares for opponents and recently held Loyola to seven goals and two of the nation’s top scorers to only a combined three points.
- Brian Smyth has been solid at the X with a 87-140 (.621) record. He has picked up ground balls on 54 of his 87 wins and owns two goals.
- In goal, senior Turner Uppgren is the starter and owns a 9.18 goals against average and a .486 save percentage.
- Utah comes to Durham riding a three-game win streak and sporting a 4-3 overall record. The Utes own victories over Mercer, Air Force, Furman and Bellarmine. Its losses came against Vermont, Hofstra and Denver.
- Sophomore Josh Stout paces Utah on offense with 29 points from 26 goals and three assists. His 3.71 goals scored per game average ranks fifth in Division I. The next top scorer is James Sexton with 15 points. Overall, Utah is scoring just 8.43 goals per game and averaging 31 shots per game.
- Defensively, Utah is allowing 11.43 goals per game and 43 shots per game. Samuel Cambere has a team-high 13 caused turnovers and 23 ground balls, while Seth Neeleman has 11 takeaways and 28 ground balls. Liam Donnelly is the man in goal, sporting a 10.94 goals against average and a .554 save percentage.
- At the X, Seth Neeleman takes the majority of faceoffs, winning 32-of-83 (.386). Donny Stock is 21-of-53 restarts.
Duke Playing Shutdown D
- Duke has been outstanding defensively in the past three games, holding opponents to just seven goals per game and only 28 shots per game. The Blue Devils currently rank fifth nationally with an 8.57 goals against average.
|Opponent Statistics||First 4||Last 3|
|Goals scored per game||9.75||7.00|
|Shots on goal-Attempts||76-133||47-84|
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 five starts, Smith has nine goals and 10 assists.
- The Blue Devils remain at home this weekend, hosting No. 5 Towson March 16. Faceoff is at 1 p.m.