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Ground Ball Notebook: March Coming to a Close for Blue Devils
Tuesday 03/26/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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With a dominating 19-7 victory over Georgetown Saturday afternoon, the Blue Devils stretched their win streak to five games. Duke, after starting the season 2-4, has picked up five wins in a span of 15 days to improve to 7-4 overall and climb to No. 10 in the USILA Coaches rankings. The Blue Devils have allowed more than 10 goals just once in that span after letting in at least 13 goals four times prior. Only, Bucknell has a longer win streak at seven games, while Brown also has won five straight.



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Penn State (3/26)



at Harvard (3/30)



at North Carolina (3/27)



Army (3/31)

Junior Christian Walsh joined 39th other Blue Devils on the 100 career points list over the weekend with a pair of assists in the win over the Hoyas. Walsh has 101 career points with 64 goals and 37 assists in two-plus seasons. He joins classmate Jordan Wolf on the list. The last time two players reached that century mark in the same season was Ned Crotty and Max Quinzani in 2009. Josh Dionne, a part of Duke’s starting attack unit needs just 24 points to eclipse the 100-point mark. He owns 17 goals and three assists in 11 games and finished last season with 36 goals and 43 points overall.

Duke owns the ACC’s top man-up offense and ranks 10th nationally with a 42.9 percent success rate. The Blue Devils have 15 man-up goals, just two shy of matching last year’s total in 20 contests. Duke finished last season ranked 57th (.218) in man-up offense. Wolf leads all Blue Devils with six, two more than he had his previous two seasons combined.

By the end of March, the Blue Devils will have 12 games under their belts. Seven of those games will have been over a span of 28 days in the month of March for an average of a game every four days. Duke started the month with a loss to top-ranked Maryland before rattling off five straight in a span of 15 days. In April, Duke will play just four or five games, averaging a game per week.

A win by North Carolina over Maryland over the weekend put the Blue Devils back into the conversation for an ACC regular season title. Duke, UNC and Maryland all stand at 1-1 in league play, while Virginia has yet to play an ACC contest. The Blue Devils welcome Virginia for their ACC finale April 12 at 6 p.m., on ESPNU. Duke will be vying for its 10th regular season crown and sixth under head coach John Danowski.

Fifth-year senior defenseman Dan DiMaria returns to his old stomping grounds this weekend to take on his former squad Harvard. DiMaria played three seasons for the Crimson before suffering a season-ending injury in 2012. The Dix Hills, N.Y., native is enrolled in the Master of Management Studies program at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. DiMaria played in 43 games, starting 26 of those, and picking up 111 ground balls.

The Blue Devils will take on their second Ivy League opponent this season when it travels to Harvard Saturday. Head coach John Danowski is 16-4 against Ivy League foes at Duke and 36-31 all-time against the Ivies. Danowski is 6-4 against Harvard during his career and 3-1 in four meetings with him at Duke. All of the Blue Devils’ losses to unranked teams since 2007 have come against Ivy League programs.


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