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No. 1 Duke Prepares For NCAA Semifinal Tilt With Johns Hopkins
Saturday 05/20/2008  -  Duke Sports Information
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Tony McDevitt

DURHAM, N.C. – The top-ranked and top-seeded Duke men's lacrosse team will face fourth-ranked and fifth-seeded Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Tournament semifinals on Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.  Face-off is set for 2:30 p.m. and the game will be televised live on ESPN2 with Dave Ryan and Quint Kessenich calling the action.
 
The Blue Devils (18-1) advanced to the national semifinals for the fourth time overall and third time in the past four seasons with a 21-10 quarterfinal triumph over Ohio State.  The Blue Jays (10-5), who defeated Duke in the national title game in both 2005 and 2007, downed Navy, 10-4, last weekend in quarterfinal action.
 
Saturday's first national semifinal game pits second-ranked and second-seeded Virginia (14-3) versus third-ranked and third-seeded Syracuse (14-2) at 12 noon.  The two winners will meet in the championship contest on Monday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
 
Winners of 10 straight and an NCAA single-season record 18 games, the Blue Devils continue to lead the nation in scoring offense by averaging 15.5 goals per game.  Senior attackmen Matt Danowski and Zack Greer -- a pair of finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy -- rank first and second nationally in points with 94 and 91, respectfully.  In addition, sophomore Max Quinzani has chipped in 59 goals, second only to Greer's nation-leading 64 tallies.
 
On defense, Duke surrenders an average of 7.16 goals per outing as senior goalkeeper Dan Loftus owns a goals against average of 6.83 and save percentage of .632. 
 
Johns Hopkins has won seven straight games while reaching the national semifinals for the sixth time in the past seven years.  Senior midfielder Paul Rabil paces the team with 41 points on 29 goals and 12 assists while senior attackman Kevin Huntley has added 36 points on 28 goals and eight helpers.  In goal, sophomore Michael Gvozden has a 7.71 goals against average and .591 save percentage on the year.
 
Duke and Johns Hopkins met earlier in the year on April 5, with the Blue Devils securing a 17-6 victory in Durham.  Greer scored a game-high six goals on the night while Ned Crotty and Quinzani added three tallies each.
 
Duke is 14-11 all-time in NCAA Tournament play including a 2-1 ledger in semifinal games.  The Blue Devils have won eight of their past 10 postseason contests, with the two defeats coming in the national championship games against Johns Hopkins in 2005 and 2007.  The Blue Devils and Blue Jays will meet for the fourth time in NCAA Tournament action.  Duke earned a 12-11 overtime triumph in the quarterfinals of the 1997 tournament before Johns Hopkins captured title game decisions in both 2005 (9-8) and 2007 (12-11). 


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