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Game 16

No. 5 Duke (11-4) vs. No. 20 Richmond (10-6)

NCAA Tournament First Round

May 12 | 5 p.m. | ESPNU

Koskinen Stadium | Durham, N.C.


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Setting the Scene

  • Duke earned the No. 2 overall seed and the right to play at Koskinen Stadium one last time in 2019. The Blue Devils are 11-4 overall and went 6-2 against the NCAA field.
  • Duke last was the two seed in 2005. The Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA title game that season before losing to top-seeded Johns Hopkins, 9-8.
  • Richmond is 10-6 and is making its second straight and third overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Spiders captured the Southern Conference Tournament title to earn the automatic bid.


The Series History

  • Duke and Richmond are meeting for the sixth time and for the first time in NCAA Tournament action. The Blue Devils lead the series 4-1, including an 11-7 victory in Richmond earlier this season. The lone loss was a 12-10 setback in 2016.
  • Duke’s average margin of victory in the four wins is 4.6 goals. The Spiders, featuring a stalwart defense, have been able to hold the Blue Devils to only 11.4 goals per game in the series.


By the Numbers


26 – Consecutive games Joe Robertson has scored a point


23 – NCAA Tournament appearances for the Blue Devils


36-19 – Duke’s record in NCAA Tournament action


3.13 – Current goals per game average for Richmond’s Ryan Lanchbury


0 – Goals scored by Ryan Lanchbury during the regular season game between Duke and Richmond


14 – Points scored by CJ Carpenter in the past four games


10 – Points scored by CJ Carpenter in his previous 24 contests


9.07 – Duke’s scoring defense, the best in the ACC and ranking fourth nationally


25 – Goals allowed by Duke in the third quarter this season for a 1.7 per game average


51 – Goals scored by the Blue Devils in the third quarter


23 – Ground balls in the past three games for Cade Van Raaphorst, seven more than the 16 in the six prior games combined


84 – Career assists for Brad Smith, ranking 12th in Duke history, 11th among active Division I players and the most among active midfielders


16-6 – Duke’s record in NCAA first round games


.556 – Turner Uppgren’s save percentage in the past four games


.473  – Uppgren’s save percentage in his first four starts to 2019


NCAA Tournament Notes

  • Duke earned its 23rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 13th straight with an 11-4 record. The Blue Devils are one of five schools to have an active streak of 10 consecutive appearances. The 13 straight bids are behind Maryland’s 17 and Notre Dame’s 14.
  • Duke is seeded second for the second time program history. The Blue Devils also were seeded second in 2005, losing to Johns Hopkins in the national title game.
  • Duke is 3-0 in overtime NCAA Tournament games and 2-0 under John Danowski.
  • Duke has won 30 of its past 40 NCAA playoff games. Three of the losses came against Johns Hopkins in the 2005 and 2007 title games and the 2008 semifinals.
  • Overall, the Blue Devils are 31-10 in NCAA action when scoring at least 10 goals and 1-9 when held to single digits.
  • Duke is one of nine schools with more tournament wins than postseason appearances (Cornell, Denver, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, North Carolina, Princeton, Syracuse & Virginia).
  • Duke’s 20 NCAA Tournament wins since 2010 are second behind Maryland’s 22. 
  • The Blue Devils are 36-19 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The 36 wins are fifth among Division I teams.


Giles-Harris ACC Defensive Player of the Year

  • JT Giles-Harris was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year Friday in a vote of the league’s five coaches. He is the third Blue Devil to win the award since it began in 2012 and the first close defenseman. Previous recipients from Duke were long stick midfielder CJ Costabile and faceoff specialist Brendan Fowler.
  • Giles-Harris leads Duke in caused turnovers and ranks third in ground balls. His 24 ground balls are fifth in Duke history.


The Last Time We Met

  • Sixth-ranked Duke outscored Richmond 3-0 in the fourth quarter to come away with a hard-fought 11-7 victory over the No. 16 Spiders March 1.
  • Brad Smith and Joe Robertson paced the Duke offense with three goals apiece. In goal, senior David McCann came off the bench to make eight saves, including three in the final frame.
  • Richmond went up 3-0 in the first 2:18 before Brad Smith scored to spark a 4-0 run for the Blue Devils. The back-and-forth continued in the second half before Duke pulled away in the fourth quarter. Duke held the Spiders’ leading scorers to just six points overall, four below their average at the time.


Looking at Duke

  • Duke enters the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed with an 11-4 overall record. The Blue Devils are 7-1 at home this season and outscoring opponents 103-72. The lone loss was a February setback to High Point.
  • Joe Robertson and Brad Smith pace the offense with 51 and 47 points, respectively. Robertson has a team-best 35 goals and Smith a squad-leading 24 assists. Joey Manown has 21 goals and Nakeie Montgomery is a leader in the midfield with 17 goals and 27 points.
  • On defense, the duo of All-ACC picks 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 54 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers, while Giles-Harris has 32 and 24, respectively. They have been matchup nightmares for opponents all season. Van Raaphorst also has a goal and two assists.
  • Brian Smyth is the leader at the X with a 141-263 (.536) record. He has picked up ground balls on 90 of his 141 wins and owns two goals and two assists. 
  • In goal, senior Turner Uppgren is the starter and owns a 9.16 goals against average and a .521 save percentage. In the past six games, Uppgren sports a 9.01 GAA and a .574 save percentage.


Scouting Richmond

  • Richmond garnered the Southern Conference’s automatic bid after beating High Point in the title game. The Spiders moved back into the polls this week at No. 20, sport a 10-6 overall record and are 4-4 away from home.
  • Ryan Lanchbury and Teddy Hatfield are elite scorers with 70 and 69 points, respectively. Lanchbury has 50 goals with 20 assists, while Hatfield has 36 goals and 33 assists. The next top scorer has 29 points. The Spiders average 11.94 goals per game and have been held to fewer than 10 goals six times, losing four of those.
  • Defensively, Richmond is allowing 10 goals per game. Sean Menges has 26 caused turnovers and 39 ground balls to anchor the defense. Nick D’Amaro and Ryan Murray share the faceoff duties. D’Amaro is 77-of-191 (.403), while Murray is 48-of-130 (.369). They have combined for just 38 ground balls.
  • In goal, Jack Rusbuldt has started 12 games and owns a 9.28 goals against average and a .564 save percentage. He is 8-5 overall.


Up Next

  • A win by the Blue Devils Sunday will send Duke to Hempstead, N.Y., for the NCAA quarterfinals versus the winner between Notre Dame and Johns Hopkins. Faceoff will either be at 12 or 2:30 p.m., at Hofstra, May 18.