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Courtesy: Michelle Pettit
Duke Opens 2014 Season Saturday vs. Jacksonville
Monday 02/07/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
Game 1
No. 3/1 Duke vs. Jacksonville
Feb. 8, 2014 | 1 p.m.
Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
 
 
Setting the Scene
•  The reigning NCAA Champions, Duke opens its 75th season of men’s lacrosse with a 491-385-1 all-time record
• Duke is 49-25 all-time in season openers and 6-1 under head coach John Danowski
• Duke is 4-0 against Jacksonville all-time and has outscored the Dolphins 63-29 in those four contests
 
The Series History
• Duke and Jacksonville are meeting for the fifth consecutive season since the Dolphins joined the ranks of NCAA lacrosse in 2010
• Duke is averaging 15.8 goals per game and is winning by an average of 11 goals per game.
 
Introducing the 2014 Blue devils
The 2014 Blue Devils welcome back 33 letterwinners and seven starters from last year’s squad that finished 16-5 ... The roster features 11 newcomers, including 10 freshmen hailing from seven different states, including Florida and Texas ... Overall, Duke has players from 12 different states.
 
Head Coach John Danowski
Head coach John Danowski enters his 32nd season as a head coach and his eighth as the leader of the Duke program ... Danowski is 330-168 all-time and an impressive 111-29 at Duke.
 
Duke by the Numbers
81 – Career assists for Jordan Wolf, 19 shy of becoming just the fourth player in Duke lacrosse history to amass at least 100 career goals and 100 career assists
40 –  Percent of Duke’s points in 2013 that came from the attacking trio of Josh Dionne, Case Matheis and Jordan Wolf
16-2 – Goalkeeper Kyle Turri’s record as a starter, including a 14-1 mark last season
8 – Teams ranked in the USILA preseason poll Duke is scheduled to face in 2014
6 - Of the top seven in the preseason poll - Duke being the 7th - Duke is slated to meet this season
68-10 – Duke’s record at home under head coach John Danowski
134 – Wins for the Blue Devils since 2005, the most of any Division I program
9 – Home games for the Blue Devils in 2014
2,447 – Days between when Casey Carroll last stepped on the field as a Blue Devil - May 28, 2007 - Feb. 8, 2014
12 – Consecutive games Josh Dionne has a goal, ranking 12th among Division I players
486 – Career games played by this year’s group of 10 seniors, including 291 starts in those games
 
Scouting Jacksonville
Jacksonville is coming off of its first winning season, posting an 8-5 record before falling to Siena in the MAAC semifinal ... The Dolphins recently landed six players on the Preseason Atlantic Sun Team, including the preseason Defensive Player of the Year goaltender Pete DeLuca ... Joining DeLuca on the preseason squad  are defenseman Austin Curtis, midfielders David Goldman and Conor Igoe, attackman Ari Waffle, and longstick middie Tyler Black ... Waffle is the top returning scorer, netting 18 goals and 12 assists a year ago, while Goldman had 24 points ... Igoe posted 18 points and DeLuca finished the year between the pipes with a 9.28 goals against average and a .552 save percentage ... Tyler Black is the top returning defensive presence for the Dolphins ... The senior led the squad with 29 caused turnovers and 37 ground balls a year ago.
 
About The Blue Devils
Duke returns 33 letterwinners and seven starters from the 2013 NCAA Championship squad ... The Blue Devils welcome back top scorer Jordan Wolf and 2013 first team All-American Brendan Fowler ... Overall, seven Blue Devils earned preseason All-America honors, including a pair of starting defensemen in Henry Lobb and Chris Hipps and long stick middie Luke Duprey ... Will Haus returns to anchor the defensive midfield unit with Charlie Payton and sophomore Joe Kruy. In goal, Kyle Turri returns after putting together a 14-1 record as the starter in 2013 ... He is 16-2 overall in his career ... Offensively, Duke returns seven starters and 65 percent of its scoring from a year ago, including the talented attacking trio of Wolf, Josh Dionne and Case Matheis.
 
A Win over Jacksonville Would
• Give Duke its second NCAA title in lacrosse
• Make Duke 40-9 in the month of February
• Give head coach John Danowski his 331st career victory and 112th at Duke
• Be the program’s 492nd victory
• Be Duke’s 135th win since 2005
 
Duke in the Month of February
Duke is 39-9 all-time in the month of February and 14-8 under head coach John Danowski ... The Blue Devils went 2-3 in February in 2013.
 
Challenging Schedule
Since 2006, Duke has amassed a 76-31 (.710) record versus ranked opponents ... Duke has eight teams ranked in the preseason poll on its schedule in 2014, including 1, 2,4,5,6 and 7.
 

Opponent

IL

USILA

Denver

4

4

Penn

15

18

Maryland

6

6

Loyola

16

12

North Carolina

3

2

Syracuse

2

1

Notre Dame

5

5

Virginia

8

7

 
Duke Sports a Top Offense
Duke is traditionally one of the top offenses in Division I lacrosse, ranking among the top seven in six of the past seven seasons ... The Blue Devils ranked third in 2013 in scoring offense with 14.05 goals per game ... Duke returns three of the top four scorers and 65 percent of its scoring from a year ago ... Duke has averaged at least 11.7 goals per game since 2007 and twice averaged at least 14 per outing ... Inside Lacrosse ranks this year’s attacking trio of Jordan Wolf, Josh Dionne and Case Matheis second nationally after they combined for 40 percent of the team’s points a year ago.
 

Year

Scoring Offense

Rank

2007

12.65

3

2008

15.2

1

2009

11.74

7

2010

13.45

2

2011

12.2

6

2012

11.5

11

2013

14.05

3

 
Reaching the Perfect 10
Since 2007, Duke is 99-7 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 28-23 when allowing 10 goals in a contest and is 81-6 when holding opponents under 10 goals.
 
100 Wins Since 2005
With over 130 victories since the 2005 season Duke has compiled more wins than any other program in the country.
 

NCAA Most Wins Since 2005

1

Duke

134-34

0.798

2

Virginia

117-34

0.775

3

Cornell

110-31

0.78

4

Syracuse

107-40

0.728

5

Notre Dame

102-35

0.744

6

Johns Hopkins

100-40

0.714

 

Maryland

100-49

0.671

8

Denver

97-52

0.651

9

Bucknell

88-48

0.647

10

Hofstra

87-51

0.63

 

UMass

87-50

0.635

 
Carroll Returns for Final Season
Redshirt senior Casey Carroll is set to return for his final season as a Blue Devil ... Carroll missed last season after tearing his ACL in January ... First donning the Blue Devil jersey Feb. 28, 2004, Carroll competed for the Blue Devils for three seasons - he suffered a knee injury ending his season in 2006 ... Upon graduation in 2007, Carroll elected to serve his country ... He served in the 3rd BN 75th Ranger Regiment of the US Army from 2007-12 ... He is currently enrolled in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business Master of Business Administration program ... Carroll is married to former Duke women’s soccer player Erin Hathorn ... The couple have two sons, Casey and John.
 
Dionne Goal Scoring Streak
Senior attackman Josh Dionne opens the 2014 season on a 12-game goal scoring streak dating back to March 18, 2013 ... Dionne, averaging 2.83 goals per game in that stretch, is one of 14 players to have scored at least one goal in each of the past 12 games.
 
Wolf Riding Point Scoring Streak
With at least a point in all 21 games last season, Wolf is riding a nation’s-best 41-game point scoring streak ... In the past 41 games, the Wynnewood, Pa., native has 89 goals, 61 assists for 150 points ... He has been held without a point in just five games in his career and Duke is 1-4 in those contests ... Wolf was last held scoreless in the 2011 NCAA semifinal against Maryland - May 28, 2011.
 
Wolf Aiming To Join 100 & 100 Club
Duke joined the small fraternity of Duke players to have scored 100 career goals in 2013 and now is just 19 assists shy of becoming just the fourth player in Duke lacrosse history to compile 100 career goals and 100 career assists ... He has had at least 20 assists in all three seasons, including a career-high 33 in 2012.
 

100 Goals & 100 Assists Club

Player

Goals

Assists

Points

Matt Danowski

170

183

353

Tony Cullen

106

114

220

Steve Sachs

101

108

209

 
Meet the Newcomers
Duke welcomes a group of 10 freshmen to the Duke lacrosse family in 2014 ... Six of the 10 were selected to play in the Under Armour All-America game and five are listed among the top 50 incoming freshmen according to Inside Lacrosse … The 10 freshmen hail from six different states, including North Carolina and Texas.
 
Next Up
Duke returns to action Feb. 15 against No. 4 Denver at Koskinen Stadium at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
 
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