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Courtesy: Steve Rock
Blue Devils Make First Road Trip to Take on Penn
Saturday 02/21/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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Game 5
No. 13 Duke (2-2) at Pennsylvania (0-0)
February 22, 2013 l 7 p.m.
Philadelphia, Pa. l Franklin Field

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Setting the Scene

  • Duke makes its first road trip of the season to take on Pennsylvania, Feb. 22 at Franklin Field at 7 p.m.
  • The Blue Devils, ranked 14th in the coaches poll, are 2-2 with losses to current No. 11 Denver and No. 3 Notre Dame and wins over Jacksonville and Mercer.

The Series History

  • Duke and Pennsylvania are meeting for the seventh time in program history and for the fourth straight season.
  • Both squads own three wins apiece with Duke taking two of the past three ... The last time the Blue Devils traveled to Penn's campus the Quakers handed Duke a 7-3 loss.

Duke by the Numbers
8 - Pennsylvania natives on the Blue Devils squad return to their home state, including five from the greater Philadelphia area
24 -  Jordan Wolf's rank on Duke's all-time scoring list with 135 career points
97-26 -  John Danowski's record in his six seasons at Duke
4 - Games played by the Blue Devils, the most of any team in Division I lacrosse
5 - Of the top 10 teams in the current USILA national poll that Duke has played or will face this season, including each of the top three
12 - Hat tricks by Jordan Wolf in his career, the most by any current Division I junior
61 - Faceoff wins by junior Brendan Fowler through four games, an average of 15.25 per game
5 - Caused turnovers by Luke Duprey against the Fighting Irish last weekend, the second most by a Blue Devil in a game
.565 - Shot percentage by Jordan Wolf this season with 13 goals on just 23 shots
17-7 - Duke has outscored its opponents in the first quarter this season

A Win over Penn Would

  • Make Duke 40-8 in games in the month of February
  • Give Duke the 4-3 edge in the series
  • Give head coach John Danowski his 317th career victory and 98th at Duke
  • Be the program's 486th victory
  • Be Duke's 120th win since 2005

Scouting Penn
Penn is coming off of a 3-10 season in 2012 ... The Quakers return second leading scorer Tim Schwalje (18g, 13a, 31pts) and Ryan Parietti (16-4-20) ... Both Dan Feeney and Joe McCallion are back at the faceoff X after splitting draw duties a year ago ... The Quakers top takeaway artists, Zack Losco and Anthony Santomo return after posting 20 caused turnovers apiece in 13 games ... Brian Feeney is back between the pipes for Penn after posting a 9.44 goals against average and .487 save percentage ... He was in net as a rookie when the Quakers handed the Blue Devils a 7-3 loss.

Last Time Duke and Penn Met
Josh Dionne netted four goals and Jordan Wolf added three as Duke used a 6-2 run to break open an 8-4 halftime lead ... Penn pulled within three in the third quarter, but Dionne added two scores in the final minute of the third frame to secure the four-goal victory ... Kyle Turri manned the cage with seven saves ... Dan Savage and John Conneely had three goals apiece for the Quakers.

With the Extra Man
Duke has fared much better this season than last on extra man offense ... The Blue Devils already have eight man-up scores after notching just 17 in 20 games last season ... Duke is successful in 57 percent of its man-up chances in 2013 with Wolf leading the squad with five extra-man tallies, one more than his two previous seasons combined.

Duke in the Month of February
Duke is 39-8 in the month of February all-time and 13-6 under head coach John Danowski ... Three of those seven losses have come against Notre Dame in the past three seasons ... Duke has never lost more than twice in the month of February and only lost two games in the second month of the year in 2011.

Opponent Scoring Droughts
Duke held Mercer scoreless for the first 34:17 of the game en route to the 15-3 win over the Bears ... Overall, Duke has held two squads without a goal for over 15 minutes this season.

 

Opponent

Drought

Mercer

34:17

Jacksonville

18:07

Fastest Two Consecutive Goals
Duke scored two goals in eight and 12 seconds against Jacksonville in the second game of the year ... The Blue Devils have posted consecutive goals within 15 seconds of each other three times this campaign.

 

Opponent

Date

Span

Jacksonville

2/10

:08

Jacksonville

2/10

:12

Denver

2/9

:13

Success On the Road
Duke has been outstanding in true road games under the guidance of head coach John Danowski ... The Blue Devils are 16-5 in games played on an opponent's home field ... Duke will play five true road games this season.

Against Unranked Opponents
Since 2005, Duke is 43-2 against unranked opponents ... The Blue Devils' lone losses to unranked foes both came against Ivy League schools ... The first was a 9-6 setback against Harvard, Feb. 22, 2009 and the most recent was a 7-3 loss to Pennsylvania, Feb. 26, 2011.

Balanced Attack
In four games 17 different Blue Devils have scored a goal and 12 players have at least one assist ... In the 21-9 victory over Jacksonville, Duke had 15 players with at least one goal and 11 different players dish out assists ... The 11 players with assists are the most by a Duke team under head coach John Danowski.

Duke Has Tough Schedule in 2013
The Blue Devils have a tough schedule in 2013 ... Duke has six ranked opponents in the USILA coaches poll on its schedule, five of which are currently ranked in the top 10, including each of the top three.
 
 

Team

Current

Game Day

Denver

11

9

Notre Dame

3

3

Maryland

1

-

Loyola

2

-

North Carolina

9

-

Virginia

6

-

Fowler leads faceoff Game
Junior Brendan Fowler has been outstanding at the faceoff X for the Blue Devils this season ... Fowler has won at least 10 draws in every game this season and is averaging an ACC-best 10 ground balls per game ... He owns 65.6 percent success rate at the draw, good for third in the ACC, while his 15.25 wins per game are the most in the conference ... Fowler has twice picked up a career-high 11 ground balls this season.

Duprey Manning the Defense
Junior longstick midfielder Luke Duprey had a career game against Notre Dame with a career-high five turnovers and four ground balls ... The five caused turnovers are the second most by a Blue Devil since the NCAA started tracking the stat in 2010 ... Only Tom Montelli '11 had more with six against Sacred Heart in 2010 ... Duprey leads Duke with 10 caused turnovers as the Blue Devils top the ACC with 8.25 takeaways per game this season.

Wolf Dishing and Scoring
Junior attckman Jordan Wolf leads all Duke players in goals (13) and assists (6) this season and is one of two players in the ACC to rank in the top five in both goals and assists per game ... Wolf ranks third in goals per game (3.25) and fifth in assists per game (1.50).

Wolf Climbing Career Points List
Wolf's 19 points this season have pushed him into a tie for 24th on the Duke career scoring charge with 135 points ... He is 14 points shy of moving into a tie for the 20th position and is 63 points out of the top 10 ... In 44 career games, he has amassed 135 career points from 76 goals and 59 assists ... He tallied 51 points in his rookie season and had 65 points his sophomore campaign.

Wolf Among Nation's Assists Leaders
Junior attackman Jordan Wolf is among 14 current Division I players with at last 50 career assists ... Wolf has 59 career helpers, including six this season to rank 10th nationally ... Wolf is the top junior overall as only he and Kieran McArdle of St. John's have broken the 50-assist threshold in two-plus seasons of collegiate lacrosse.

Wolf Riding Point Scoring Streak
With at least a point in all four games this season, Wolf has pushed his point scoring streak to 24 games, ranking 11th in Division I lacrosse ... In the past 24 games, the Wynnewood, Pa., native has 45 goals, 39 assists for 84 points ... He has been held without a point in just five games in his career.         

Wolf Career Hat Tricks
Sophomore Jordan Wolf owns 12 career hat tricks, the most of all Division I juniors ... Overall, Wolf has three-plus points in 25 of his 44 career games.

Up Next
Duke returns home for its ACC opener against top-ranked Maryland ... The game is slated to start at 11 a.m. and will be televised live by ESPNU.


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