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Recapping the 2012 Men's Lacrosse Season
Wednesday 06/22/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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Duke Men's Lacrosse 2012 Season Recap

Final Ranking: 4
Overall Record: 15-5, 2-1 ACC
ACC Regular Season Champion
ACC Tournament Champion
NCAA Semifinalist

John Danowski (Rutgers '76)
Career Record: 314-162 (30 seasons)
Record at Duke: 95-23 (6 seasons)

2012 Season Notes

  • Duke finished the year 15-5 overall and captured its ninth ACC regular season title, seventh ACC Tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the eight time and sixth consecutive year ... All five losses came on the road against teams ranked in the top 20
  • Duke finished the year with a 9-0 record at home and heads into the 2013 season with a nation's-best 10-game home win streak
  • Jordan Wolf was the team's points leader with 65 points (32g, 33a) ... Robert Rotanz is the top goal scorer with 40 goals and had 48 points overall ... Christian Walsh and Josh Dionne also have 40-plus points with 49 and 43, respectively
  • CJ Costabile finished atop the league and seventh nationally in ground balls per game (7.2)
  • Duke's top four goal scorers - Josh Dionne, Robert Rotanz, Jordan Wolf and Christian Walsh finished ranked among the top eight goal scorers in the ACC.
  • Redshirt senior Michael Manley led the defense with 27 caused turnovers
  • Dan Wigrizer posted a career-best 8.94 goals against average and averaged 8.6 saves per game in 2012  

NCAA Tournament Notes

  • Duke advanced to its eighth NCAA lacrosse championship weekend and its sixth consecutive - (1997, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012)
  • Duke currently ranks tied for eighth in Division I NCAA lacrosse history with eight showings in the NCAA semifinals
  • Duke is 24-15 all-time in its 16 NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Duke earned the third seed for the second time in program history after garnering that distinction in 2009 ... The Blue Devils also earned a top-eight seed in 1994 (8), 1995 (5), 1997 (5), 1998 (7), 1999 (4), 2000 (7), 2002 (7) and 2005 (2), 2007 (1), 2008 (1), 2010 (5), 2011 (5).
  • Duke has won 18 of its past 25 NCAA playoff games
  • Overall, the Blue Devils are 19-7 in NCAA action when reaching double figures in the scoring column and 1-8 when held to nine or fewer goals
  • Duke is one of eight schools with more tournament wins than postseason appearances (Cornell, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, North Carolina, Princeton, Syracuse & Virginia)  

Duke Advances to 6th Consecutive NCAA Semifinal
Duke advanced to championship weekend for the sixth consecutive season ... Only four other schools have qualified for the semifinals at least six straight seasons since the NCAA Division I championship began in 1971 ... Duke is one of just three schools to get to championship weekend at least six consecutive seasons since 1990.

 

School

Streak

Years

Syracuse

22

1983-2004

Johns Hopkins

13

1976-1989

Maryland

8

1972-1979

Johns Hopkins

7

1999-2005

North Carolina

7

1980-1986

Duke

6

2007-2012

Danowski Leads Duke to 6th Straight NCAA Semifinal
With a 17-6 victory over Colgate, Duke head coach John Danowski earned a spot in the NCAA semifinals for the sixth straight season ... He is one of two head coaches - the other being Syracuse's John Desko - to guide a team to championship weekend in each of his first six seasons at the helm of a program ... Desko did the same from 1999-04 ... Danowski's six straight and Maryland head coach John Tillman's two in a row are the lone active streaks.

 

Coach, School

Streak

Years

John Danowski, Duke

6

2007-P

John Desko, Syracuse

6

1999-04

Don Zimmerman, Johns Hopkins

4

1984-87

Jack Emmer, Washington & Lee

3

1973-75

Dave Klarmann, North Carolina

3

1991-93

John Haus, Johns Hopkins

2

1999-00

John Tillman, Maryland

2

2011-P


 
Scoring in the 2nd and 3rd Quarters
Duke was outstanding in second and third quarters in 2012 ... Overall, Duke outscored its opponents 138-87 in the second and third quarters combined and 72-43 in the third quarter alone this season ... The Blue Devils were outscored six times in the second quarter and four times in the third overall this season ... During the final 14 games of the year, Duke has been outscored in those two quarters just five times combined.

Against Ranked Opponents
Since 2006, Duke has amassed a 70-27 (.722) record versus ranked opponents ... In 2012, Duke went 9-5 against ranked opponents with four of the five losses coming to top-10 opponents.

Opponent Scoring Droughts
Duke held Colgate without a goal for 26:14 in the NCAA quarterfinals and held four opponents overall without a score for at least 20 minutes this season.

 

Opponent

Drought

Colgate

26:14

Jacksonville

21:17

Penn

21:14

Notre Dame

20:32

Georgetown

19:33

Dartmouth

18:01

Harvard

18:00

North Carolina (3/16)

17:53

North Carolina (4/22)

17:19

Virginia

16:56

Fastest Three Consecutive Goals
The Blue Devils scored three goals in 47 seconds amidst a 6-0 run against Dartmouth ... That was the fastest trio of goals in 2012 by the Blue Devils.

 

Opponent

Date

Span

Dartmouth

18-Mar

:47

Colgate

20-May

1:06

Dartmouth

18-Mar

1:06

Jacksonville

26-Feb

1:09

Dartmouth

18-Mar

1:12

Georgetown

24-Mar

1:12

Denver

27-Apr

1:22

Fastest Two Consecutive Goals
Duke scored two goals in four seconds at No. 9 Loyola during the regular season ... Overall, Duke scored a pair unanswered goals in 10 or fewer seconds seven times this season, including twice in the 20-9 win over Dartmouth.

 

Opponent

Date

Span

Loyola

10-Mar

:04

Denver

27-Apr

:06

Dartmouth

18-Mar

:07

Dartmouth

18-Mar

:07

Denver

27-Apr

:07

Jacksonville

26-Feb

:09

Colgate

20-May

:10

Dartmouth

18-Mar

:11

Jacksonville

26-Feb

:12

Georgetown

24-Mar

:12

Virginia

13-Apr

:13

Dartmouth

18-Mar

:15

North Carolina

16-Mar

:17

North Carolina

22-Apr

:17

North Carolina

16-Mar

:31

Harvard

12-Mar

:38

Danowski Wins No. 300
With a 16-8 victory over Rutgers in the 2012 season opener, head coach John Danowski became the sixth Division I men's lacrosse coach to reach the 300-win benchmark ... Danowski captured his 81st win in his 100th game at Duke ... He currently ranks third among active coaches in wins.

 

Wins

 

Coach, School

W

L

1

Dave Urick, Georgetown

345

129

2

Dom Starsia, Virginia

341

122

3

John Danowski, Duke

314

163

4

Bill Tierney, Denver

308

108

5

Bob Shillinglaw, Delaware

305

273

6

Mike Pressler, Bryant

298

133

7

Kevin Corrigan, Notre Dame

240

125

8

Scott Nelson, Binghamton

235

119

9

Don Zimmerman, UMBC

213

138

10

John Desko, Syracuse

171

54

Comparing Wins and Losses in 2012
Duke averaged 12.87 goals per game in its 15 victories and just 7.40 goals per game in its five losses this season ... Here are how the wins and losses broke down statistically in 2012.

 

Category

Wins

Losses

Overall Record

15-0

0-5

Shots/Game

38.8

35

Goals/Game

12.87

7.4

Assists/Game

6.9

3

Points/Game

19.7

10.4

Shot %

0.332

0.211

GAA

8.27

12.2

GBs/Game

34.7

27.6

EMO

15-61 (.246)

2-16 (.125)

Man Down

36-64 (.562)

6-12 (.500)

Clears

223-260 (.858)

77-92 (.837)

Faceoff %

206-363 (.567)

59-113 (.522)

100-Plus Wins Since 2005
With over 100 victories in the past seven seasons, Duke has compiled more wins than any other program in the country since 2005.

 

NCAA Most Wins From 2005-12

1

Duke

118-29

0.803

2

Virginia

110-26

0.809

3

Cornell

96-28

0.774

4

Syracuse

91-35

0.722

5

Johns Hopkins

91-35

0.722

6

Notre Dame

91-30

0.752

7

Maryland

90-45

0.667

9

Delaware

77-57

0.575

8

Navy

72-46

0.61

10

Princeton

72-43

0.626

Playing in the Biggest Venues
Duke has become accustomed to professional sports venues ... In 2012, Duke played in its first Major League Soccer venue in PPL Park ... It was the seventh professional venue Duke has played in in program history ... Duke also played at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, its sixth NFL stadium in program history ... Since 2005 the Blue Devils have played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., EverBank Field in Jacksonville and the Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

CJ Costabile Among Tewaaraton Finalists
Senior CJ Costabile was selected as one of five finalists for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award ... He is the fifth Blue Devil player to earn the distinction as a finalist, joining Kevin Cassese, Matt Danowski, Zack Greer and Ned Crotty ... Danowski and Crotty captured the honor in 2007 and 2010, respectively.

Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Winner
Senior CJ Costabile won the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, the first Blue Devil student-athlete to capture the honor ... An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Rotanz Had a Career Year
Senior midfielder Robert Rotanz had an outstanding senior season ... The Westport, Conn., native has a career-best 40 goals and eight assists for 48 points ... His 40 goals are the most in a single season by a Duke midfielder ... He scored at least four goals in five games this season and has seven hat tricks overall ... He netted a career-high five goals in the win over Colgate.

Justin Turri Surpasses Century Mark
With a career-high six points (2g, 4a) against Dartmouth, redshirt senior Justin Turri became the 38th Blue Devil to reach the 100-career point benchmark ... Turri has 70 goals and 52 assists for 122 points ... His 122 points are tied for 28th. 

Wolf Cracks 100 Career Points List
With six points against No. 1 Virginia, Jordan Wolf became the 39th Blue Devil in program history to amass at least 100 career points ... In 40 career games, sophomore Jordan Wolf has amassed 116 career points from 63 goals and 53 assists.

Wolf and Walsh is Duke's Top Scoring Duo
Sophomore attackmen Jordan Wolf and Christian Walsh combined for 114 points ... Colgate's Peter Baum and Ryan Walsh are the top tandem with 157 points ... Virginia's Steele Stanwick and Chris Bocklet are the top duo in the ACC with 124 points.

Scoring leaders
Duke had four players with at least 30 goals for the year ... In 19 games, Duke had seven different leading scorers ... Jordan Wolf has led or tied for the lead in points in a game a team-best nine times this season.

 

Opponent

Leading Scorer (G-A)

Rutgers

Robert Rotanz (4-0)

Notre Dame

Jordan Wolf (1-1)

Penn

Josh Dionne (4-0)

Jacksonville

Jordan Wolf (5-2)

Maryland

Josh Dionne (3-0)

Loyola

Robert Rotanz (2-1)

Harvard

Christian Walsh, Jordan Wolf (2-2)

North Carolina

Jordan Wolf (3-3)

Dartmouth

Jordan Wolf (4-3)

Georgetown

Robert Rotanz (4-0), Wolf (2-2)

Brown

Jake Tripucka (0-2), Jordan Wolf (1-1)

Syracuse

Jordan Wolf (2-3)

Marist

Christian Walsh (2-2)

Virginia

Jordan Wolf (2-4)

Maryland

Josh Dionne (3-0)

North Carolina

Christian Walsh (4-2)

Denver

David Lawson (3-0)

Syracuse

Justin Turri (3-2)

Colgate

Robert Rotanz (5-1)

Maryland

Justin Turri (2-1)

Long Pole Scoring
Duke's long poles registered a combined 12 goals and eight assists in 2012 ... Costabile had seven goals and four assists ... Chris Hipps registered his first career goal at Loyola and Brian Dailey had his first career score against Marist ... Michael Manley has two goals and two assists, while Luke Duprey has one goal and two assists.

CJ Dangerous off the Faceoff
Senior long stick midfielder CJ Costabile was a key member of the faceoff midfield throughout his career ... Whether on the wing or at the X, Costabile is always a threat to create goals ... In his career, the New Fairfield, Conn., native has 15 goals directly after a faceoff, including the game-winner in the 2010 NCAA title game ... He has seven assists after winning a faceoff or picking up the ground ball on the wing ... Overall, 22 of his 42 points have come directly from the X. 

Michael Manley With 73 Career Starts
Redshirt senior Michael Manley started 73 of the 74 games in which he played during his career, posting a record of 60-14 in that span ... The lone game the Penn Yan, N.Y., native did not start was against Denver to close out the 2012 regular season ... Manley returned to Duke's close defense in 2012 after missing the 2011 season due to a knee injury ... Manley, a two-time All-America choice, did not play in four games between 2008 and 2010.

Wigrizer Breaks 400 Saves Mark
Junior goaltender Dan Wigrizer broke the 400 career saves mark with 14 stops at Virginia on April 13 ... He currently ranks tied for second among all junior goalies in career saves with 460 and finished the 2012 season 10th overall among active Division I backstops.

Youth Movement
Duke had a strong corps of underclassmen in 2012 ... Five of Duke's 10 starters were sophomores and nine freshmen or sophomores consistently saw time on the field.

 

Player

Cl.

Pos.

GP-GS

Josh Dionne

So.

A

20-19

Christian Walsh

So.

A

20-19

Jordan Wolf

So.

A

20-19

Chris Hipps

So.

D

20-19

Henry Lobb

So.

D

18-17

Will Haus

Fr.

M

20-0

Luke Duprey

So.

LSM

20-0

Brian Dailey

Fr.

LSM

19-0

Brendan Fowler

So.

DM

17-0

Kyle Keenan

Fr.

M

16-1


 


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