Duke Suffers First Loss
The Blue Devils, after opening the season 4-0, suffered their first loss at the hands of No. 2/3 Maryland. The Terrapins held Duke scoreless for a span of 26:26 and outscored the Blue Devils 7-0 during that stretch. After a first half that featured four ties and three lead changes, Maryland held Duke scoreless and to just five shots and added three goals on 14 shots of its own to pull away. The Terrapins have held Duke to fewer than 10 goals and seven of the past nine meetings with the Blue Devils winning two of those contests. Senior attackmen Jordan Wolf and Josh Dionne led Duke with two goals apiece, while Wolf finished with three points overall.
Wolf’s Scoring Streak Continues
Jordan Wolf extended his nation-leading point scoring streak to 46 games against Maryland with two goals and an assist. The senior captain has 101 goals and 71 assists for 172 points in that span. The Terrapins were the last team to hold him without a point in the 2011 NCAA Semifinal May 28, 2011. Wolf has been held scoreless just five times in his career.
Luke Aaron Establishes Another Career High
Sophomore goaltender Luke Aaron continues to set personal bests in each outing. In his third career start, Aaron made a career-high 15 saves in the loss at Maryland. He made five saves in the third quarter as the Terps came at the Blue Devils in waves. Aaron made a career-best nine saves in his first substantial action between the pipes against Denver. The following weekend, the native of Great Falls, Va., set another career high with 11 saves in consecutive games against Penn and Stony Brook. Overall for the year, Aaron sports a .653 save percentage and a 6.91 goals against average.
Onto the Next One
No rest for the Blue Devils following the setback to No. 2 Maryland. The Blue Devils head back up Route 95 to Baltimore to take on No. 7 Loyola March 9 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network. Loyola is 4-1 overall with a loss to ACC rival Virginia in overtime in the season opener. The Greyhounds most recently defeated No. 14 Lehigh, 14-7.
Nine and Counting
With one assist in the setback to Maryland Saturday, Jordan Wolf is within nine of reaching the 100 career assists mark. He will be the fourth player in Duke lacrosse history to amass 100 career goals and 100 career assists and just the 14th player in ACC lacrosse history to achieve the feat.
All six ACC programs have played at least one conference game in 2014. Maryland tops the league with a 2-0 record with wins over a pair of No. 1 opponents in Syracuse and Duke. Virginia and Notre Dame also own wins after defeating North Carolina and Syracuse, respectively. The Blue Devils, Tar Heels and Orange all are in search of their first wins.
Tewaaraton Watch List Announced
The duo of seniors Jordan Wolf and Brendan Fowler were among the 50 players named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list as announced by the Tewaaraton Award Foundation. Overall, the ACC had 17 players voted to the list, twice as many as any other conference. Duke has had two Tewaaraton Award winners in program history – Matt Danowski (2007) and Ned Crotty (2010).
Terry Foy @TerenceFoy
I've been to six games live this season — @MDTerpsLacrosse vs. @Duke_MLAX is on another level re: players' speed when ball's on the ground
““Like I said, hard work. I’m excited for practice Monday and get back to it. We’re going to watch this film and get better from it.”
“It’s one of those things where it’s a sport where you’re not going to save every shot and they definitely picked some corners on that one, so hats off to them. You can definitely tell they’ve been practicing and it’s been working for them. They come wave after wave, but the ones that I did save I got to see the shots because my defense played really well.”