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Another Top Five Clash Awaits Blue Devils Sunday
Monday 03/08/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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Game 6
No. 4/3 Duke vs. No. 5 Loyola
March 9, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
 
 
Setting the Scene
•  Duke looks to rebound against No. 5 Loyola Sunday evening on CBS Sports Network
• The Blue Devils recently lost to now No. 1 Maryland, while Loyola defeated No. 14 Lehigh
• This will be the second of four top 15 teams Duke will face in March
The Series History
• Duke and Loyola are meeting for the 27th time overall and for the 10th time since 2007
• The Blue Devils are 16-10 overall against the Greyhounds and 7-2 under John Danowski
• Duke is on a two-game win streak, including last year’s heart-stopping double overtime win in the NCAA Tournament first round.
 

Tale of the Tape

Category

Duke

Loyola

Overall Record

4-1

4-1

Shots/Game

38.2

39.2

Goals/Game

11.8

15

Assists/Game

7.4

8.4

Points/Game

19.2

23.4

Shot % 

0.309

0.383

GAA

8.4

7.95

GBs/Game

34.6

31.2

EMO

3-14 (.214)

8-14 (.571)

Man Down

13-22 (.591)

8-16 (.500)

Clears

85-100 (.850)

77-84 (.917)

Faceoff %

75-117 (.641)

70-130 (.538)

 
Duke by the Numbers
1 – Goals Duke won by in both meetings with the Greyhounds in 2013, 9-8 and 12-11 (2OT)
9 – Assists needed by Jordan Wolf to become the fourth player in Duke history and 14th in ACC history to amass 100 career goals and 100 career assists
.673 – Luke Aaron’s save percentage in his three starts this season
46 – Straight games in which Jordan Wolf has registered a point, dating back to Feb. 11, 2012
20 - Ground balls for redshirt senior Casey Carroll, second behind Brendan Fowler
325 – Career ground balls by senior Brendan Fowler, third among active players
223 – Career points by Jordan Wolf, the most of any active player – 22 ahead of Kieran McArdle of St. John’s
4 – Of the seven Duke opponents in March currently ranked among the top 11
42-10 – Duke’s record in March since 2007
62 – Career starts in 64 contests for senior close defenseman Chris Hipps
5 – Goals by Case Matheis in two meetings with Loyola in his rookie season
3.8 – Goals per game by Loyola’s Nikko Pontrello in five games, ranking fifth nationally
 
Scouting Loyola
Sunday’s matchup between the Greyhounds and Blue Devils will be another top five game for Duke as both teams look for their fifth win of the year ... Loyola is 4-1 overall with the loss coming in overtime to Virginia in the season opener ... The Greyhounds are coming off of a convincing 14-7 win over No. 14 Lehigh and are ranked fifth ... Nikko Pontrello headlines the offense with 19 goals and five assists for 24 points, while Justin Ward has a team-high 15 assists and 19 points overall ... Graham Savio handles the majority of faceoffs for Loyola, winning 51-of-86 (.593) and has 22 ground balls ... Joe Fletcher anchors the defense with goaltender Jack Runkel ... Fletcher has 10 caused turnovers and 18 ground balls, while Runkel is 4-0 in goal with a 7.62 goals against average and a .585 save percentage ... The game will be just the second home contest for the Greyhounds this season.
 
About The Blue Devils
Duke is coming off of its first loss of 2014 after falling to current No. 1 Maryland 10-6 this past Saturday ... Jordan Wolf and Josh Dionne both have 12 goals apiece with Wolf adding 10 assists for 22 points on the year ... Sophomore Deemer Class has contributed six goals and six assists, while Case Matheis has seven goals and four assists ... Brendan Fowler has won at least 50 percent of his faceoffs in all five games and is 68-of-108 (.630) with 43 ground balls ... The trio of redshirt senior Casey Carroll, senior Chris Hipps and sophomore Jamie Ikeda lead the close defense ... Carroll has 12 caused turnovers and 20 ground balls to lead the way ... Senior longstick middie Luke Duprey is also a defensive force with eight caused turnovers on the year ... In goal, sophomore Luke Aaron has started the past three games and sports a 6.91 goals against average and a .653 save percentage ... He has made double-digit saves in each of his three starts.
 
Last Time We Met
Freshman Case Matheis picked up a ground ball and threw it in the net with 1:40 remaining in the second overtime to lift Duke to the 12-11 victory over Loyola in the NCAA Tournament first round ... The win launched Duke to its second NCAA title ... Matheis finished with three goals for the Blue Devils, while David Lawson had a goal and three assists ... Kyle Turri made 13 saves ... For Loyola, Zach Herreweyers had three goals and Justin Ward dished out five assists ... Runkel was outstanding in making 22 saves.
 
A Win Over Loyola Would
• Make Duke 200-122 in the month of March
• Give head coach John Danowski his 335th career victory and 116th at Duke
• Be the program’s 496th victory
• Be Duke’s 139th win since 2005
• Be Duke’s 79th win over  a top 20 foe since 2006
 
Duke in the Month Of March
Duke is 199-123 all time in the month of March and an impressive 42-10 since 2007 ... Six of Duke’s 10 losses in March have come against Maryland (4) and Loyola (2).
 
On The Road
Since 2007, the Blue Devils are 20-7 in games played on an opponent’s campus ... The Blue Devils are 0-1 this season after the loss at Maryland ... Duke is 4-4 overall against Loyola in Baltimore.
 
Opponent Scoring Droughts
Duke held its first four opponents scoreless for at least 15 minutes this season ... The longest drought was Stony Brook, which Duke held scoreless for the first 31:03 ... The Blue Devils held 12 teams to a drought of 15-plus minutes 13 times last season.
 

Opponent

Drought

Stony Brook

31:03

Jacksonville

21:25

Denver

19:41

Penn

16:03

Reaching the Perfect 10

Since 2007, Duke is 102-7 when scoring at least 10 goals in a game ... The Blue Devils are 12-23 when being held to fewer than 10 scores ... Duke is 30-24 when allowing 10 goals in a contest and is 83-6 when holding opponents under 10 goals.
 
Keenan Eyeing Breakout Season
Inside Lacrosse wrote in December that it thought Kyle Keenan was a prime candidate for the ACC’s “Breakout Stud” ... Keenan appears to be on track to be just that for the Blue Devils with six goals and three assists in his first four games this year ... Keenan, who saw a lot of time on the first midfield line against Maryland, has surpassed his goal production from both 2012 and 2013 and is one point shy of matching his point total from last season.
 

Keenan Career Scoring Breakdown

Year

GP-GS

G

A

Pts

2012

15-3

4

2

6

2013

18-0

4

6

10

2014

5-0

6

3

9

 
Wolf Riding Point Scoring Streak
With three points at Maryland, Jordan Wolf extended his nation’s-best point scoring streak to 46 games  ... In the past 46 games, the Wynnewood, Pa., native has 101 goals and 71 assists for 172 points ... He has failed to score 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 Lists
Wolf continues to move up the Duke career lists ... His 223 points - 132 goals and 91 assists - rank sixth in Duke history ... He is 13 points shy of moving into the top five with the likes of recent stars Matt Danowski, Zack Greer, Max Quinzani and Ned Crotty ... The senior captain also ranks in the top 20 in the ACC in career points and career goals and is 13 shy of making the top 20 list in career assists in the ACC.
 

Category

Duke

ACC

Career Points (223)

6th

13th

Career Goals (132)

8th

18th

Career Assists (90)

7th

-13 from 20th

 
Up Next
Duke returns home for a pair of games next week … The Blue Devils host Marquette in a midweek matchup Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m., before welcoming ACC rival North Carolina to Koskinen Stadium March 15 at 2 p.m., on ESPNU.
 
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