Setting the Scene • Duke advanced to the NCAA championship game for the fourth time with a 16-14 win over Cornell in the semifinals • Duke is 15-5 overall and has won 13 of its previous 14 games • Duke is 27-15 overall in NCAA Tournament play and 18-5 under head coach John Danowski • Syracuse defeated Denver, 9-8 in the semifinals to move into the championship
The Series History • Duke and Syracuse are meeting for the 10th time with the Orange leading 6-3 • Two of Duke’s three wins over the Orange came last season • The Blue Devils and Orange last faced off in the NCAA Tournament in 2009, a 17-7 Syracuse win • The Blue Devils have won the past two meetings, including last season’s 12-9 victory in the NCAA Tournament first round
How Duke Got Here Duke held off a furious fourth-quarter charge by Cornell to advance to the title game with a 16-14 win over the Big Red ... The Blue Devils had nine different goal scorers and Jordan Wolf led the way with a team-high four goals ... Case Matheis dished out three assists and sophomore goalie Kyle Turri made a career-high 16 saves ... Duke has won its three NCAA Tournament games by four goals overall and heads into its fourth NCAA Championship game.
Duke by the Numbers 103 – Career points for senior David Lawson, the 42nd Blue Devil to reach the 100-points milestone 319 – Faceoff victories this season by Brendan Fowler, a NCAA single-season record 18-5 - Duke’s NCAA Tournament record under head coach John Danowski 13.33 – Goals per game by Duke in the NCAA Tournament 16 – Saves by Kyle Turri in the NCAA semifinal win over Cornell 53 – Goals by Jordan Wolf, ranking sixth in Duke single-season history 1-2 – Duke’s record against Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament 9 – Different goal scorers for the Blue Devils against Cornell 13-1 – Goaltender Kyle Turri’s record as a starter in 2013 6-6 - Duke’s overall record in NCAA Tournament games in NFL stadiums 36 – Caused turnovers by junior Luke Duprey, six more than his combined total from 2011 and 2012 110 – Wins by John Danowski in his seven seasons at Duke
NCAA Tournament Notes • Duke is making its fourth appearance in the NCAA Championship game, also doing so in 2005, 2007 and 2010 • Duke is 1-2 in title games, taking home the crown in 2010 • Duke is facing Syracuse for the fourth time in the NCAA Tournament, sporting a 1-2 record in the previous meetings • The Blue Devils have played in seven different NFL stadiums since 2005 and are 9-12 in games played at NFL venues overall and 7-6 in NCAA Tournament games. • After earning a double overtime win over Loyola in the first round, the Blue Devils improved to 3-0 in overtime NCAA Tournament games • Duke is 27-15 all-time in its 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and 1-2 in title tilts • Duke has advanced to championship weekend in each of the previous seven seasons and nine times overall • Duke earned the seventh seed for the fourth time and is 6-3 as the No. 7 seed ... Duke also was the seven seed in 1998, 2000, and 2002 ... The Blue Devils have 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), 2009 (3), 2010 (5), 2011 (5), 2012 (3) and 2013 (7). • Duke posted a 3-4 record against this year’s NCAA Tournament 16-team field ... The Blue Devils faced six of the 16 teams selected, four of the top eight seeds and one of the other final four squads. • Duke has won 21 of its past 27 NCAA playoff games, with three of the losses coming against Johns Hopkins in the 2005 and 2007 title games and the 2008 semifinals • Overall, the Blue Devils are 22-6 in NCAA action when reaching double figures in the scoring column and 1-9 when held to nine or fewer goals • Duke is one of seven schools with more tournament wins than postseason appearances (Cornell, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Princeton, Syracuse & Virginia)
Scouting Syracuse Syracuse is 16-3 overall and is the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament field ... The Orange defeated Denver in the semifinals 9-8 with the winning goal coming with 19 seconds left ... Syracuse also came from behind to win the quarterfinal round with a goal in the final 13 seconds ... JoJo Marasco is the team’s top scorer with 22 goals and 41 assists for 63 points, while Kevin Rice is just behind him with 22 goals and 51 points overall ... Chris Daddio handles faceoff duties, winning 115-of-250 (.460) and picking up 36 ground balls ... Matt Harris anchors the defense with 28 caused turnovers and 51 ground balls ... Dominic Lamolinara is between the pipes with a 8.11 goals against average and a .539 save percentage.
A Win over Syracuse Would • Give Duke its second NCAA title in lacrosse • Make Duke 58-58-1 in the month of May • Give head coach John Danowski his 330th career victory and 111th at Duke • Be the program’s 499th victory • Be Duke’s 134th win since 2005 • Make Duke 28-15 in NCAA Tournament play • Give Danowski his 23rd career NCAA Tournament victory – 19 at Duke, 4 at Hofstra • Make Duke 2-3 against Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament
Duke in the Month of May Duke is 57-58-1 all-time in the month of May ... The Blue Devils are 23-5 under head coach John Danowski in the month and 18-5 in NCAA Tournament games.
Duke Sports a Top Offense Duke sports one of the highest scoring offenses in the country, ranking third in the category at 13.95 goals per game ... The Blue Devils are second in assists per game (8.1) and third in points per game (22.05) ... All three are tops in the ACC ... Overall, Duke has scored at least 15 goals in 10 games, including in eight of its previous 11 outings.
Duke’s Balanced Offense Duke sports one of the most balanced offenses in Division I lacrosse with six players averaging over 2.00 points per game ... Only Princeton has as many players averaging two points per game ... Duke’s Jordan Wolf, Case Matheis, Josh Offit, David Lawson, Josh Dionne and Jake Tripucka all average at least 2.2 points per game this season.
Reaching the Perfect 10 Since 2007, Duke is 98-7 when scoring at least 10 goals in a game ... The Blue Devils are 11-22 when being held to fewer than 10 scores ... Duke is 28-23 when allowing 10 goals in a contest and is 80-6 when holding opponents under 10 goals.
One Goal Games Duke improved to 73-62 all-time in games decided by one goal after the thrilling comeback win over Notre Dame in the NCAA quarterfinal ... Duke played a program-high seven one-goal games in both 1994 and 1997 ... Duke is 15-6 in one-goal games under John Danowski and 4-1 this season with two wins over Loyola, Harvard and now Notre Dame ... Duke is 1-1 in one-goal games versus the Big Red ... Duke is 6-7 in NCAA tournament games decided by one goal.
Duke In Overtime Contests Duke has played 36 overtime games in its history ... The Blue Devils are 18-17-1 overall in extra sessions ... Only three of Duke’s 40 NCAA Tournament games have gone into extra time with the Blue Devils winning all three.
Turri Between the Pipes Since moving into the starting lineup in goal, sophomore Kyle Turri has been outstanding ... Taking over for an injured Dan Wigrizer, Turri is 13-1 and averaging nearly eight saves per game and owns a 9.70 goals against average and a .494 save percentage ... He made a career-high 16 saves in the win over Cornell.
Wolf Riding a Point Scoring Streak With at least a point in all 20 games this season, Wolf has pushed his point scoring streak to 40 games, ranking sixth in Division I lacrosse ... In the past 40 games, the Wynnewood, Pa., native has 85 goals, 59 assists for 144 points ... He has been held without a point in just five games in his career and Duke is 1-4 in those contests ... Wolf was last held scoreless in the 2011 NCAA semifinal against Maryland - May 28, 2011.
Wolf Climbing Career Points List Wolf’s 79 points this season have pushed him up to 11th on the Duke career scoring chart with 195 points ... He is seven points shy of the top 10 ... In 60 career games, he has amassed 195 career points from 116 goals and 79 assists.
Dionne/Lawson Join the 100 Club Junior attackman Josh Dionne and David Lawson became the latest members of Duke’s 100-points club when he netted a hat trick in the win over Notre Dame ... Dionne pushed his total to 103 (88g, 15a) to become the 41st Blue Devil to join the list ... Lawson reached the benchmark in the win over Cornell ... He has 103 points in his four seasons and is the 42nd Blue Devil to reach the mark.
Fowler in the NCAA Records Book Brendan Fowler climbed atop the NCAA records book Saturday in single-season faceoff victories ... His 16 wins at the X against Cornell push him to 319 for the season, which are four more than Kevin Massa of Bryant ... Fowler’s 195 ground balls rank second in NCAA single-season history ... Kevin Massa of Bryant set the NCAA single-season marks with 231 and 12.16 this season.