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Ground Ball Notebook: Winning the Close One
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/02/2013
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Winning the Close One
After winning by the previous three games by an average of nine goals per game, Duke grinded out a come-from-behind 12-11 victory over Harvard Saturday night. The Blue Devils rallied from a two-goal deficit late in the fourth quarter to post the one-goal victory. Duke outscored the Crimson 4-1 in the final 6:25, scoring the four goals in a span of 3:22, to push the win streak to six. Harvard led twice in the second game and went up two, 10-8, with 7:38 to play. It was the first time Duke had headed into the fourth quarter tied and marks just the second win for the Blue Devils in which they were either tied or trailing heading into the final period. The two-goal deficit in the fourth quarter marked the first time the Blue Devils have trailed by multiple goals in the final stanza and come back to win. Duke trailed Loyola after three periods, but outscored the Greyhounds 4-1 to take the lead for good in the fourth quarter. 

Danowski in the One-Goal Games
Duke’s 12-11 victory over Harvard this past weekend marked head coach John Danowski’s 13th victory by a single tally since 2007. Danowski is 13-5 in one-goal games at Duke and is 2-0 this season, collecting wins over Loyola and Harvard. Overall, Duke is 71-61 in one-goal games.

Offit Coming up Big Again for Devils
Senior captain Josh Offit came up big again for the Blue Devils, netting a goal late in the fourth quarter to help lift Duke to the 12-11 victory at Harvard. Offit has 16 goals and six assists for 22 points this season, just one shy of matching his career-high 23 points for a season. His 16 goals are six more than he had in 20 games a year ago and just two shy of his career-high 18 in 2011. In Duke’s three wins by three or fewer goals, Offit has netted a crucial goal in the fourth quarter to help secure the win. Against Loyola, the Bethesda, Md., native broke open a 6-6 tie with 9:40 left as Duke went on to win 9-8. He gave Duke a two-goal lead, 10-8, with 2:35 remaining versus North Carolina and then had the go-ahead goal against Harvard Saturday with 5:25 to play.

Duke Lacrosse Helping the Durham Community
The Ronald McDonald House of Durham holds a special place in the hearts of the Duke men’s lacrosse program. Head coach John Danowski and the program have been active volunteers for the organization as well as at the Duke Children’s Hospital. From cooking meals at the Ronald McDonald House to donating time with kids in the hospital as well as volunteering time during the hospital’s radiothon, Danowski puts a high value in helping the Duke community. Therefore, Friday night any fan who brings a household or kitchen item (i.e. toilet paper or trash bags) or a non-perishable food item will get into the game for free. Please see attached PDF here to see the Ronald McDonald House of Durham wish list.

Hat Tricks and Century Club
Junior attackman Jordan Wolf netted his 16th career hat trick and seventh this season in the 12-11 victory over Harvard. Wolf has hat tricks in four of the six wins during the streak and has multiple points in all but one outing this season. Overall, Wolf has three-plus points in 33 of his 52 games and in nine of 12 games this season. In addition to his seven hat tricks, the Wynnewood, Pa., native needs just five more goals to become the 15th Blue Devil to net 100 career goals.

Fowler Model of Consistency
Junior faceoff man Brendan Fowler continued his overall consistent play at the X and in the ground ball game this past weekend at Harvard by winning 69 percent of the restarts and picking up a game-high nine ground balls. Fowler has won at least 58 percent of his draws in 10 of the 12 games this season and has picked up at least nine ground balls in nine of 12 outings. His worst outing came against Maryland when he won 40 percent – 10-of-25 – faceoffs and had 10 ground balls. In seven games this season, the Wantagh, N.Y., native has won over 65 percent of his restarts, including winning a season-high 778 percent – 17-of-22 – against Georgetown. Fowler leads the ACC in faceoff percentage and ground balls and ranks fifth and second, respectively, in those categories.

Duprey is Duke’s Takeaway Artist
With 27 caused turnovers on the year, junior longstick midfielder Luke Duprey is Duke’s top takeaway specialist. Duprey currently ranks second in the ACC and seventh nationally in caused turnovers per game (2.25). The Concord, N.H., native recently had three caused turnovers – one fourth of the total turnovers committed by the Crimson – and a career-high tying six ground balls against Harvard. Duprey has at least one caused turnover in all 12 games this season and multiple in 10 of the 12 outings.

Up Next
Duke hosts High Point in its next outing, welcoming the Panthers April 5 to Koskinen Stadium for a 7 p.m. faceoff. The game can be seen at via the Blue Devil Network.

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