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Ground Ball Notebook: 1st Place Still in Sight
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/07/2014
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Blue Devils Stay Atop ACC Standings
With a commanding 15-7 victory over No. 7 Notre Dame Duke improved to 3-1 in conference play to stay in a tie for first place of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings with Maryland. The win also helped the Blue Devils clinch a spot in the ACC Tournament and avoid the ‘Showcase Game’ between the No. 5 and No. 6 squads April 26 in Chester, Pa. The Blue Devils own ACC victories over North Carolina, Syracuse and Notre Dame and a loss to Maryland. Duke will face Virginia Friday night to finish with at least a share of the ACC regular season title for the seventh time under head coach John Danowski.
Wolf Joins Elite 100 – 100 Club
Senior attackman Jordan Wolf dished out three assists against Notre Dame to push his career assist total to an even 100. The Wynnewood, Pa., native is just the fourth player in Duke lacrosse history and only the 14th among the ACC teams to record at least 100 goals and 100 assists during his career. He joins the likes of Duke’s Matt Danowski, Tony Cullen and Steve Sachs as well as Syracuse’s Powell brothers.
Improved Extra Man Offense
Duke scored a goal on 60 percent (3-of-5) of its extra man opportunities against Notre Dame. In the past three games, the Blue Devils’ EMO has excelled. Duke has scored on 11-of-17 man-up chances for a .647 success rate. In the previous nine games, the Blue Devils netted just six goals on 26 EMOs for a .231 conversion percentage. Jordan Wolf leads the charge on EMO with five man-up scores, while Myles Jones has three. Overall, Duke is 17-of-43 (.395) on EMO.
Shooting Lights Out
During Duke’s six-game win streak, the Blue Devils are shooting nearly 40 percent – 101 goals on 254 shots – compared to just 30 percent – 66 goals on 222 shots – in the first six games of the season. Helped by the burgeoning midfield scoring, attackman Jordan Wolf has made the biggest jump, going from .289 (13-of-46) to .545 (24-of-44). Sophomore midfielder Deemer Class, riding a hot hand in the recent stretch of wins, bumped his up from 21.9 percent to 43.2 percent.
Deemer Class On a Hot Streak
With at least five goals in two of his past three games, sophomore midfielder Deemer Class is on a hot streak for the Blue Devils. He tallied five goals and two assists in the win over Notre Dame and had six goals and four assists against Syracuse. In fact, in Duke’s six-game win the Baltimore, Md., native is averaging five points per game, 2.67 goals per game and 2.33 assists per game.
Duke in the Month of April
The Blue Devils picked up its first April victory of the 2014 campaign to improve to 170-172 all-time in the month. Since 2007, Duke is 31-6 in April with only three of those losses coming in the regular season. Duke went unbeaten in the month of April from April 16, 2005 to April 17, 2010 and has three undefeated Aprils under head coach John Danowski.
Virginia Awaits the Blue Devils
Duke closes out its ACC schedule against rival Virginia in Charlottesville Friday night at 6 p.m. The Blue Devils have won eight straight regular season games over the Cavaliers and 12 of the past 13 meetings. Virginia’s last regular season victory over Duke came in 2004, a 13-4 triumph in Charlottesville. Five of the 12 victories have been by at least five goals and nine have been by at least three. The average margin of victory in the 12 wins is 6.17 goals.
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John Jiloty @jjiloty
.@Duke_MLAX seems to want to be No. 1 RT @coachcos17 Does anyone want to be #1 this season? Loyola & Cornell should both drop
Sweet Lax @D1Lettuce
No wonder @Duke_MLAX dominated @NDlacrosse: 36-26 GBs to Duke. #fundamentals #gbs
Eddie Douglas @eddiedouglas
Love it when d middies put in a great shift and get rewarded on the offensive end. Well played, Haus @Duke_MLAX
They Said It
“I definitely feel a lot more confident. Last year as a freshman I played behind three All-Americans and they taught me a lot. Those guys have helped me out and I know it’s the same for Myles [Jones] and Christian [Walsh]. Every week, every chance we get to play it helps our confidence.”
                - Deemer Class
“Well I hope not. I hope we keep getting better. I hope this isn’t the ceiling. I think the fourth quarter [we let up]. The faceoff game we have to continue to look at. We know their kid Liam [O’Connor] is dynamite. We got worked in the fourth quarter in the faceoff game and we failed to clear a bunch of times. There is plenty of ammunition for the coaching staff to get better.”
                - Head coach John Danowski