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Duke Hosts Rutgers in Regular Season Home Finale
Tuesday 04/18/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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Game 14
No. 2 Duke (11-2) vs. Rutgers (7-6)
April 19, 2014 | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
 
 
Setting the Scene
• Duke will play its final regular season home game Saturday against Rutgers
• The game will be the final regular season game at Koskinen for 10 Blue Devils
• Duke looks to extend its seven-game win streak, while Rutgers aims to stop its two-game skid
 
The Series History
• Duke and Rutgers are meeting for just the fourth time in the programs’ histories
• The Blue Devils are 2-1 against the Scarlet Knights with Rutgers’ lone win coming in 1958
• Duke defeated Rutgers last season 16-7 in Piscataway, N.J.
 
Tale Of The Tape

Category

Duke

Rutgers

Overall Record

11-2

7-6

Shots/Game

39.2

40.2

Goals/Game

14.15

12.85

Assists/Game

8.08

7.69

Points/Game

22.2

20.5

Shot % 

0.361

0.319

GAA

8.98

10.72

GBs/Game

34.6

33.6

EMO

18-45 (.400)

10-39 (.256)

Man Down

37-57 (.649)

30-45 (.667)

Clears

212-244 (.869)

194-217 (.894)

Faceoff %

204-342 (.596)

219-349 (.628)

 
Duke by the Numbers
56-18 – Career record for the senior class which will be playing in its final regular season home game Saturday
.410 – Duke’s shooting percentage during the seven-game win streak
.297 – Duke’s shooting percentage in the first six games of the year
15 – Straight home wins for the Blue Devils dating back to March 2, 2013
11 – Goals Jordan Wolf needs to score to pass Matt Danowski on the Duke career goal scoring chart
66 – Points for midfield line of Deemer Class, Myles Jones and Christian Walsh in the past four games
120 - Career assists for head coach John Danowski at Rutgers, which ranks second in the Scarlet Knights’ records book
54 – Assists by Danowski his freshman season, which still stands as the Rutgers single-season mark
3.69 – Points per game for Deemer Class, 23rd nationally and fourth among all midfielders
14.15 – Goals per game for the Blue Devils, tops in the ACC and second nationally
.620 – Brendan Fowler’s career win percentage at the faceoff X, fourth among active players
.626 – Rutgers’ Joseph Nardella’s career faceoff percentage, third among active players
 
Scouting Rutgers
Rutgers comes to Durham after matching 15-11 setbacks to Princeton and Villanova ... The Scarlet Knights are 7-6 overall and 2-3 in BIG EAST play ... Scott Klimchak leads the offense with 34 goals and 39 points overall, while Christian Trasolini has 24 goals and 11 assists for 35 points ... Scott Bieda has a team-high 17 assists ... Joseph Nardella leads the nation at the faceoff X, winning 71 percent of his draws (182-of-257) ... He also has 121 ground balls to his name ... Nick Contino leads the defensive effort with 14 caused turnovers, while Branford Rogers has 10 ... In goal, Kris Alleyne has seen the majority of minutes and sports an 11.03 goals against average and a .504 save percentage ... Rutgers is 4-2 away from home this season and will be playing its second ACC opponent.
 
About The Blue Devils
Duke returns to Durham for the final regular season game at Koskinen Stadium for 10 Blue Devil seniors ... The Blue Devils are riding a seven-game win streak and are 11-2 overall and ranked second nationally ... The top midfield unit is on fire for Duke, with 66 points in the past four ... Jordan Wolf headlines the attack with 40 goals and 19 assists. while Deemer Class paces the midfield with 25 goals and 38 points overall ... Josh Dionne has chipped in 31 goals and Christian Walsh and Myles Jones have 33 and 31 points, respectively ... Brendan Fowler leads the team at the X, winning 197-of-311 (.617) draws and picking up 122 ground balls ... Casey Carroll has 18 caused turnovers and 34 ground balls and is joined by Henry Lobb and Chris Hipps on close defense ... Luke Aaron anchors the defense between the pipes with a 8.99 goals against average and a .551 save percentage.
 
Last Time We Met
Duke jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter and a 9-3 lead at the half en route to a commanding 16-7 win last year ... Jordan Wolf led all scorers with five tallies, while Deemer Class threw in two ... Brendan Fowler won 16-of-22 draws with eight ground balls and Kyle Turri picked up the win with six saves.
 
Last Time Out
Duke sophomore Myles Jones tallied four goals and two assists to help the Blue Devils capture at least a share of the ACC regular season title with a 17-15 win at Virginia ... Four players overall - Jones, Josh Dionne, Christian Walsh and Jordan Wolf - had at least three goals, while Deemer Class chipped in two goals and three assists ... Luke Aaron made 12 saves and picked up seven ground balls.
 
Thank You Seniors
Saturday’s game will be the final regular season home game for a collection of 10 seniors ... The group of Casey Carroll, Dax Cohan, Josh Dionne, Luke Duprey, Brendan Fowler, Chris Hipps, Henry Lobb, Charlie Payton, Christian Walsh and Jordan Wolf have been incredibly successful ... They are 56-18 over the past three-plus seasons with three NCAA semifinal appearances, one ACC Tournament title, and ultimately the 2013 NCAA title.
 
In Common
Duke and Rutgers share four common opponents ... The Blue Devils went a perfect 4-0 against Virginia, Stony Brook, Denver and Marquette, while the Scarlet Knights lost all four contests.
 

Opponent

Duke

Rutgers

Virginia

W, 17-15

L, 12-19

Stony Brook

W, 14-6

L, 9-12

Denver

W, 14-10

L, 11-17

Marquette

W, 20-9

L, 13-14

 
Battle At The X
Saturday’s game features two of the premier faceoff men in Duke’s Brendan Fowler and Rutgers’ Joseph Nardella ... Fowler ranks 12th nationally with a .617 win percentage, while Nardella leads the country with a .708 success rate ... Nardella’s .626 career win percentage is third among active players, while Fowler’s .620 is fourth ... Overall, this season, Nardella has won 182 draws in 11 games compared to Fowler’s 192 in 13 contests ... The Rutgers junior has won at least 50 percent of his faceoffs in all 11 games and has won 80 percent or more five times ... Fowler has won at least 50 percent of his draws in 11 of 13 games. 
 
A Win over Rutgers Would
• Make Duke 172-172 in the month of April
• Give head coach John Danowski his 342nd career victory and 123rd at Duke
• Be the program’s 503rd victory
• Stretch Duke’s win streak to eight games
• Move Duke’s home win streak to 16
 
A Look At The Win Streak
Duke has won seven straight since falling to current No. 1 Loyola March 9 in Baltimore ... Sophomore Deemer Class has had one of the largest impacts more than doubling his points total - 13 in first six and 35 in past seven ... In fact, the two midfield units have upped their production from 43 points in the first six to 99 during the streak ... Overall, Duke has increased its scoring by over five goals per game and its shooting percentage by 12 percent.
 

Category

First six

Past Seven

Overall Record

4-2

7-0

Shots/Game

37

41.1

Goals/Game

11

16.86

Assists/Game

6.67

9.29

Points/Game

28.7

26.1

Shot % 

0.297

0.41

GAA

9.33

8.68

GBs/Game

34.5

34.7

EMO

4-18 (.222)

14-27 (.519)

Man Down

16-28 (.571)

21-29 (.724)

Clears

98-113 (.867)

114-131 (.870)

Faceoff %

88-140 (.629)

116-202 (.574)

 
Duke in the Month of April
Duke is 171-172 all-time in the month of April ... Under head coach John Danowski, the Blue Devils are an impressive 32-6 in the month ... Only three of those losses have come in the regular season ... Duke went unbeaten in the month of April from April 16, 2005 to April 17, 2010.
 
Home Sweet Home
Duke has fared well at home under head coach John Danowski ... The Blue Devils are 76-9 at home since 2007 ... This year’s senior class is 37-4 all-time in home games, including a 9-0 mark in 2012 ... Duke has won 15 straight home games with the last loss coming March 2, 2013 against Maryland.
 
Wolf Riding Point & Goal Scoring Streak
With two goals against Harvard, Jordan Wolf extended his nation’s-best point scoring streak to 54 games and his goal streak to 15 games  ... His 15-game goal scoring streak is sixth among active players ... In his 54-game stretch, Wolf has 129 goals and 80 assists for 209 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 without a point in the 2011 NCAA semifinal against Maryland - May 28, 2011.
 
Duke Midfield Coming Together
In the past four games, Duke’s first midfield line of Deemer Class, Myles Jones and Christian Walsh have amassed 66 points (39g, 27a) ... The trio registered 23 against Syracuse, 13 more versus Harvard and Notre Dame and 17 at Virginia ...  The Blue Devils’ first midfield contingent is a young group of sophomores in Class and Jones and senior Walsh, who is in his second year at the position.
 
Up Next
Duke travels to Chester, Pa. for the ACC Tournament … The Blue Devils will take on Syracuse in the semifinals April 25 at PPL Park. Tickets are available for purchase at theacc.com.
 
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