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Courtesy: Peyton Williams
Duke and New ACC Foe Syracuse Face Off Sunday
Friday 03/22/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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Game 10
No. 3 Duke (7-2, 1-1 ACC) vs. No. 6 Syracuse (4-2, 0-2 ACC)
March 23, 2014 | 12:30 p.m.
Durham, N.C. | Cameron Indoor Stadium
ESPNU
 
 
Setting the Scene
• Duke hosts its fourth top-20 opponent Sunday when it welcomes No. 6 Syracuse to Durham
• The Blue Devils are 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the ACC while the Orange is 4-2 and 0-2 against league foes
• Duke is riding an eight-game win streak at home dating back to April 12, 2013
• Syracuse is coming off of a 12-10 victory over then No. 2 Johns Hopkins
The Series History
• Duke and Syracuse are meeting for the third straight season and for the 11th time overall
• The Orange leads the series 6-4
• Duke has won each of the past three meetings, including the 2014 NCAA Championship game
 

Tale of the Tape

Category

Duke

Syracuse

Overall Record

7-2

4-2

Shots/Game

37.2

35.2

Goals/Game

12.67

13.67

Assists/Game

7.33

8

Points/Game

20

35.3

Shot % 

0.34

0.389

GAA

8.53

12.32

GBs/Game

33.9

26.3

EMO

6-26 (.231)

10-24 (.417)

Man Down

28-40 (.700)

19-28 (.679)

Clears

152-170 (.894)

111-134 (.828)

Faceoff %

127-220 (.577)

68-172 (.395)

 
Duke by the Numbers
2 – Wins shy of reaching win No. 500 for the Duke men’s lacrosse program
6 – 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
3 – Win streak for the Blue Devils against Syracuse after the Orange had won five straight
5 – Times Duke and Syracuse faced off as non-conference foes from 2009-2013 with the Blue Devils going 3-2
15 - Saves by goaltender Luke Aaron in both of his ACC games this season
353 – Career ground balls by senior Brendan Fowler, third among active players and just 55 shy of becoming the first Blue Devil with 400 GBs
630 – Faceoff wins for Brendan Fowler in his career, second among active players in Division I lacrosse
81 – Career caused turnovers by senior long stick midfielder Luke Duprey, 19 shy of becoming the first Blue Devil to record 100 takeaways
8 – Game win streak for the Blue Devils at Koskinen Stadium heading into the tilt with Syracuse Sunday
6 – Games in 22 days for the Blue Devils after Sunday’s game with Syracuse, four of which have been against top 10 opponents
 
Scouting Syracuse
Syracuse comes to Durham in search of its first ACC win since joining the conference this year ... The Orange is 4-2 overall and 0-2 in the ACC ... Syracuse is coming off a 12-10 victory over then No. 3 Johns Hopkins ... Dylan Donahue paces the offense with 26 points (18g, 8a), while Kevin Rice has a team-high 25 assists and 24 points overall ... Chris Daddio is the Orange’s draw man, winning just 44 percent of his faceoffs ... Brandon Mullins leads the squad with seven caused turnovers in his six starts and Dominic Lamolinara anchors the goal with a 12.57 goals against average and a .526 save percentage ... Syracuse is 1-1 on the road this season after its win over the Blue Jays last Saturday.
 
About The Blue Devils
Duke returns home after a midweek win over Furman ... The Blue Devils are 7-2 overall with losses to No. 1 Maryland and No. 2 Loyola ... Duke is 1-1 in ACC play following its 9-8 overtime victory over North Carolina last Saturday ... Jordan Wolf leads the offense with 26 goals and 39 points, while Josh Dionne has 22 goals ... Kyle Keenan, coming off his first career hat trick against the Tar Heels, has a career-best 11 goals this season ... Brendan Fowler is Duke’s faceoff specialist, winning 61 percent of his draws and picking up 71 ground balls ... Defensively, the trio of close defensemen Chris Hipps, Casey Carroll and Henry Lobb help hold teams to 8.53 goals per game ... Luke Duprey has 15 caused turnovers and 23 ground balls as a LSM, while Carroll’s 17 caused turnovers are tops on the team ... Luke Aaron owns an 8.15 goals against average and a .587 save percentage in his eight outings.
 
Last Time We Met
Duke outscored Syracuse 10-3 over the second and third quarters and Brendan Fowler won 20-of-28 faceoffs to help the Blue Devils to a 16-10 win in the 2013 NCAA Championship  ... Jordan Wolf scored four goals and dished out two helpers, while Josh Dionne had three goals ... Kyle Turri made 10 saves in goal as the Blue Devils won their second national title.
 
A Win Over Syracuse Would
• Make Duke 203-124 in the month of March
• Give head coach John Danowski his 338th career victory and 119th at Duke
• Be the program’s 499th victory
• Be Duke’s 142nd win since 2005
• Be the fourth straight over Syracuse
• Be Duke’s fourth win over a top 10 opponent
 
Duke In The Month Of March
Duke is 202-124 all time in the month of March and an impressive 45-11 since 2007 ... Seven of Duke’s 11 losses in March have come against Maryland (4) and Loyola (3).
 
Blue Devils Against Syracuse
Duke’s current seniors are 3-1 against Syracuse ...  Overall, 17 Blue Devils have suited up against the Orange and four have scored at least one point ... Jordan Wolf is tops with 18 points (9g, 9a) ... Christian Walsh has nine and Josh Dionne has six goals ... Brendan Fowler is sporting a .681 win percentage in draws versus the Orange.
 
Home Sweet Home
Duke has fared well at home under head coach John Danowski ... The Blue Devils are 74-9 at home since 2007 ... This year’s group of seniors are 35-4 all-time at Koskinen, including a 9-0 mark in 2012 ... Duke’s last home loss came March 2, 2013 against Maryland.
 
Wins And Losses Vs Ranked Foes
In Duke’s two losses to ranked opponents, the Blue Devils are averaging just 6.5 goals per game compared to the 11.50 it averaged in its wins over ranked Denver and Penn squads ... Defensively, Duke is allowing 12 goals per game in its setbacks and less than eight goals per outing in the victories ... Perhaps the most glaring difference is Duke’s .194 shooting percentage in the losses and the .278 percentage in the wins.
 

Category

W

L

Goals/gm

10.67

6.5

GAA

7.94

12

Shot Pct.

0.278

0.194

 
Wolf Riding Point Scoring Streak
With three goals against Furman, Jordan Wolf extended his nation’s-best point scoring streak to 49 games  ... He has 115 goals and 74 assists for 189 points in that span ... Wolf 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.
 

Point Streak Leaders

No.

Player

G-A-P

50

Jordan Wolf, Duke, Sr., A

115-74-189

45

Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, Sr., A

98-117-215

42

Miles Thompson, Albany, Sr., A

121-71-192

41

Ryan Walsh, Colgate, Jr., A

93-43-136

 
Up Next
Duke will take a brief break from its hectic schedule and host Harvard, Saturday, March 29 at 12 p.m.
 
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