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Ground Ball Notebook: Duke Dominates the Orange
Wednesday 03/24/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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Duke Offense Has Big Day Against Syracuse
The Blue Devils shined on offense in the resounding 21-7 win over No. 6 Syracuse Sunday. Duke’s 21 goals against an ACC foe were the most since scoring 22 against NC State March 1, 1972. It marked just the second time a Blue Devil team had scored 20-plus goals in an ACC game. Headlining the offense was the midfield trio of Deemer Class, Myles Jones and Christian Walsh with 23 combined points off of 12 goals and 11 assists. Class had a career-high 10 points and Walsh dished out a career-best six assists and Jones threw in five goals. Overall, Duke had three players with five-plus goals and four with six-plus points.
 
Deemer Class Just Misses Duke Single-Game Record
Deemer Class had a stellar first half against the Orange with six goals and an assist en route to finishing with a career-best 10 points. His 10 points fell just one shy of the school single-game record of 11 set on nine previous occasions, most recently by both Ned Crotty and Max Quinzani against Sacred Heart in 2010. Meanwhile, Christian Walsh’s career-best six assists were two shy of the Duke single-game record and marked the first time it had been done since Ned Crotty did so against Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Tournament first round in 2010.
 
Brendan Fowler Dominates the X Again
Senior faceoff specialist Brendan Fowler was a dominant force at the draw against the Orange. The Wantagh, N.Y., native won 24-of-31 restarts and picked up a career-high 18 ground balls. Three of his seven losses at the X were due to violations as he gave Duke’s offense opportunities to score time after time. In the past two games against the Orange, Fowler is 44-of-59 in restarts for a 75 percent win percentage and 32 ground balls.
 
Defense Shuts Down Orange Offense
Duke held Syracuse to a season-low seven goals, six below its season average, marking the third time this season the Blue Devils have held a ranked opponent to fewer than 10 goals.  The 14-goal margin was the Orange’s worst loss since falling to Hobart 24-8 April 23, 1977 … In addition, Duke’s man down stifled the Orange’s extra man offense. Syracuse, sporting a .417 success rate on man-up, was held to just one extra man goal on four opportunities. The Orange, struggling to get possession of the faceoff, also had difficulties clearing the ball against Duke’s pressure. Syracuse cleared 16-of-21 chances – 76 percent compared to its season average of 83 percent.
 
Duke Extends Current and Home Win Streaks
The Blue Devils’ win over the Orange was the fourth straight over the perennial power and pushed Duke’s current win streak to four. Playing its sixth game in 23 days, Duke moved to 4-2 in the month of March and to 46-11 under head coach John Danowski. In addition, the Blue Devils extend their home win streak to nine games dating back to March 2, 2013. Since 2007, Duke is 75-9 at home, while the senior class is 36-4 on home turf.
 
Jordan Wolf Moves Atop NCAA Scoring Charts
On the strength of an eight-point outing senior attackman Jordan Wolf climbed atop the division I scoring charts with 47 points. He holds a two-point edge on St. John’s Kieran McArdle and moves to sixth in Duke history on the career goals list (151) and seventh and ninth in ACC history in career points (248) and goals, respectively. He is just three assists shy of becoming the fourth Duke and 14th ACC player to amass 100 career goals and 100 career assists in his career.
 
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@Duke_MLAX nice game today guys! Soo fun to watch!!!!
 
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Just took off work for April 11th, can't wait to be in Charlottesville to watch @Duke_MLAX take on @UVAMensLacrosse !!
 
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Myles Jones for @Duke_MLAX is one of the best 2 way middies I have seen in a LONG time. #Unstoppable

They Said It
“Your fear is don’t let this game be the peak of a season. Allow this game to show you the possibilities if you practice well, prepare well and play right. We don’t want this game to define us. We need to learn from this and we need to grow and get better and be very critical of ourselves at this point.”
                - John Danowski
 
“During the week we watch a ton of film and look at their slide packages. They have a lot of trust in their defensive middies so when we dodge their guys don’t always slide so we worked on keeping our head up and looking at the slide and if the slide doesn’t come we go right to the cage. That was a product of Coach [Ron] Caputo. He enforced it all week. If they don’t slide you have to beat your man and score a goal.”
                - Myles Jones
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