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Blue Devils and Tigers to Tangle Saturday at 1 p.m.
Thursday 03/15/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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Game 9
No. 17 Duke (4-4) vs. Towson (3-4)
March 16, 2013 l 1 p.m.
Durham, N.C. l Koskinen Stadium

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Setting the Scene

  • Duke takes a two-game win streak into Saturday against Towson
  • The Blue Devils have defeated a pair of top-10 opponents in their previous two games and are 4-4 overall on the year
  • Towson is coming off of a win over Navy and is 3-4 overall  

The Series History

  • Duke and Towson are meeting for the ninth time and for the first time since 2001
  • The Blue Devils are 1-7 all-time against the Tigers with the lone win coming in 1969
  • The two squads have not played in the regular season since 1972

Duke by the Numbers
73.91 - Percentage of faceoffs won by Brendan Fowler against No. 6 North Carolina
147 - Career points for junior attackman Jordan Wolf, 83 goals and 64 assists
99 -  Wins by John Danowski as the Duke head coach
11 - Goals by senior Josh Offit this season, tying his total from a year ago 
16 - Points by the starting attack unit in the past two games -12 goals, four assists
43-3 - Duke's record against unranked foes since 2005
97 - Career points for junior Christian Walsh, three shy of becoming the 40th Blue Devil to reach the 100-career points benchmark
2 - Consecutive wins over top-10 teams after beating No. 4 Loyola and No. 6 UNC
.267 - Opponent shot percentage in past two games, an improvement from .385 in four losses
8.00 - Goals against average in the past two games after posting an 11.50 GAA in the first 6 outings
.379 - Shot percentage by Duke in the win over North Carolina, the second highest in a game by the Blue Devils this season

A Win over Towson Would

  • Make Duke 196-122 all-time in the month of March
  • Give head coach John Danowski his 319th career victory and 100th at Duke
  • Be the program's 488th victory
  • Be Duke's 122nd win since 2005  

Scouting Towson
Towson is coming off of an 8-7 win at Navy in a midweek matchup Tuesday ... The Tigers are 3-4 overall and 2-1 on the road ... Thomas DeNapoli headlines the offense with 19 goals and 22 points overall, while Andrew Hodgson has 14 points ... Cory Dobyns owns 12 goals for the year ... Zack Gregory and Conor Pequigney have split faceoff duties, going 23-of-52 and 26-of-58, respectively ... Jordan Fortmann is tops on the defense with 10 caused turnovers and 17 ground balls ... In goal, Andrew Wascavage sports a 9.14 goals against average and a .558 save percentage between the pipes. 

Duke in the Month of March 
Duke is 195-122 all-time in the month of March and 38-9 under head coach John Danowski in the third month ... The Blue Devils have gone unbeaten in the month of March four times overall and once since 2007.

Wolf Climbing Career Points List
Wolf's 31 points this season have pushed him to 23rd on the Duke career scoring chart with 147 points ... He is two points shy of moving into a tie for the 20th position and is 51 points out of the top 10 ... In 48 career games, he has amassed 147 career points from 83 goals and 64 assists ... He tallied 51 points in his rookie season and had 65 points his sophomore campaign.

Comparing Duke vs. Ranked Teams
Three of Duke's four losses have come against teams that were ranked at the time of the game ...  The Blue Devils allowed 14.33 goals per game in those losses and managed just 8.00 goals per game ... In the two most recent wins over top 10 opponents Duke is holding opponents to just eight goals per game, while the Blue Devils upped their scoring average to 10 goals per game.

 

Category

Wins

Losses

Overall Record

2-0

0-3

Shots/Game

31

34

Goals/Game

10

8

Assists/Game

5

4.67

Points/Game

15

12.67

Shot %

0.323

0.235

GAA

8

14.33

GBs/Game

32

29.7

EMO

0-4 (.000)

3-7 (.429)

Man Down

6-9 (.667)

9-12 (.750)

Clears

25-32 (.781)

36-40 (.900)

Faceoff %

26-44 (.591)

43-79 (.544)

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 four squads without a goal for over 15 minutes this season.

 

Opponent

Drought

Mercer

34:17:00

Penn

24:57:00

Jacksonville

18:07

North Carolina

15:12

Against Unranked Opponents
Since 2005, Duke is 43-3 against unranked opponents ... The Blue Devils' losses to unranked foes all came against Ivy League schools ... The first was a 9-6 setback against Harvard, Feb. 22, 2009 and the most recent were a 7-3 loss to Pennsylvania, Feb. 26, 2011 and a 14-9 setback to the Quakers this season.

Danowski Approaching 100th Duke Win
Danowski picked up his 99th win at Duke this past week with an 11-8 triumph over rival North Carolina ... Since 2007, the longtime coach has amassed a 99-28 record, leaving him one shy of picking up his 100th win at a second program ... He captured 192 wins at Hoftsra prior to coming to Durham ... Virginia's Dom Starsia is the only active coach to have won at least 100 games at two different schools ... Overall only three Division I coaches have done so with Dave Urick and Jack Emmer making the list.

 

Coach, School

Previous

Current

Dom Starsia*

101-Brown

245-UVA

Dave Urick

122-Hobart

223-G'Town

Jack Emmer

108-W&L

186-Army

John Danowski*

192-Hofstra

99-Duke

*Active head coaches

   


Offit Providing Offense
Senior captain Josh Offit has been outstanding this season for the Blue Devils with 11 goals and two assists for 13 points ... His 11 tallies tie his total in 20 games last season, while the 13 points are four shy of matching his 2012 total ... In the past two games, the Bethesda, Md., native has a pair of crucial fourth-quarter goals to help Duke earn the upsets ... Overall this season, six of his 11 goals have come in the second half and four of those have been in the final 10 minutes of the game.
       
Walsh Nearing Century Mark
Junior Christian Walsh is three points shy of becoming the 40th Blue Devil in program history to reach the 100 career points mark ... With 63 goals and 34 assists, Walsh will join Jordan Wolf as current players on the Duke list.

Fowler Leads Faceoff Game
Junior Brendan Fowler has been outstanding at the X in his first season as the full-time draw man ... Fowler has won at least 10 draws in six of seven games this season and recently won 74 percent of the restarts against No. 6 North Carolina ... He owns a 59.6 percent success rate at the draw.

Fowler Leads Ground Ball Game
In addition to winning 14.0 faceoffs per game, Fowler is averaging a nation's-best 10.1 ground balls per game ... The Wantagh, N.Y. native has picked up a career-high 13 ground balls to go with his 17 faceoff wins against North Carolina.
 

 

Name, School

GP

GBs

GBs/GM

1

Brendan Fowler, Duke

7

68

10.1

2

Dylan Webster, Quinnipiac

3

29

10

3

Robert Grabher, Colgate

6

58

9

Up Next
Duke closes out its run of five games in 16 days against Marist on Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m.


 


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