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Duke Ready for Final Weeknd; Denver Awaits
Sunday 05/21/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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Game 19
Duke (15-3) vs. Denver (15-2)
NCAA Semifinal
May 24 | 1 p.m. | ESPN2
Baltimore, Md. | M&T Bank Stadium
 
 
Setting the Scene
• Duke advanced to its eighth straight NCAA semifinal with a 19-11 victory over Johns Hopkins
• The Blue Devils play Denver, which defeated Drexel 15-6 in the quarterfinal round
• The game will be televised by ESPN2 from M&T Bank Stadium and Westwood One will be on site broadcasting live on the radio
 
The Series History
• Duke and Denver are meeting for the eighth time in the programs’ histories and for the first time in the NCAA Tournament
• The Blue Devils hold a slight 4-3 edge in the series after beating the Pioneers 14-10 during the regular season
 
Tale Of The Tape

Category

Duke

Denver

Overall Record

15-3

15-2

Shots/Game

41.9

35.8

Goals/Game

15.06

13.18

Assists/Game

9.11

7.35

Points/Game

24.2

20.5

Shot % 

0.359

0.368

GAA

9.55

8.2

GBs/Game

36

29.1

EMO

24-62 (.387)

28-72 (.389)

Man Down

51-76 (.671)

33-54 (.611)

Clears

304-341 (.891)

252-286 (.881)

Faceoff %

290-499 (.581)

194-410  (.473)

 
By the Numbers
4-5 – The Blue Devils’ record in NCAA semifinals
293 – Career points for Jordan Wolf, second all-time at Duke and in the ACC and 11th in NCAA history
159 – Points this season by Duke’s first midfield line of Class, Jones and Walsh - the most by a unit in school history
53 – Consecutive quarters in which Duke has scored a goal, dating back to the third quarter at Maryland
43 – Straight quarters the Blue Devils have registered at least two goals in a period
683 - Combined wins for John Danowski and Bill Tierney heading into the NCAA semifinal game
459 – Career ground balls for Brendan Fowler, fifth in NCAA history
15 – Points for sophomore Myles Jones in two NCAA Tournament games (6g, 9a)
28 – Points for junior Kyle Keenan, 12 more than he had his previous two seasons combined
13 – Points by Keenan in the past 13 outings, including eight in the two NCAA Tournament games
157 – First-half goals by the Blue Devils in 2014
83 – Goals allowed by Duke in the first half in 2014
15.06 – Goals per game for the Blue Devils, tops in the ACC and second nationally
8.20 – Denver goals against average, allowing 10-plus goals four times and ranking sixth nationally
 
Scouting Denver
Denver advanced to its second consecutive and third overall championship weekend with a convincing 15-6 win over Drexel in the quarterfinal round ... The Pioneers are 15-2 and have not lost since March 1, a 12-10 setback to Penn ... Duke is the other loss for Denver on the year ... Wesley Berg and Jack Bobzien lead the offense with 60 points apiece ... Berg has a team-high 42 goals, while Bobzien has 39 ... Jeremy Noble quarterbacks the Pioneers with a team-best 31 assists ... Christian Burgdorf anchors a stalwart defensive unit with 13 caused turnovers and 25 ground balls ... Chris Hampton has taken the majority of faceoffs, winning 51 percent (134-fo-259) ... Jamie Faus and Ryan LaPlante share goaltending duties ... LaPlante owns 15 starts and an 8.38 goals against average and a .579 save percentage, while Faus has a 7.93 goals against average and .547 save percentage ... Denver is one of two teams to have a top-six scoring offense (3rd) and scoring defense (6th) ... The Pioneers have allowed double-digit goals just four times this season.
 
About The Blue Devils
Duke’s potent offense was on display again in the quarterfinal win over Johns Hopkins ... The Blue Devils totaled 19 goals with assists coming on 13 of those ...  Duke is averaging 15.06 goals per game this season and 19.5 in the NCAA Tournament ... Jordan Wolf headlines the offense with 59 goals and a career-best 92 points overall, while sophomore Deemer Class is having a breakout season with 60 points (33g, 27a) ... Myles Jones is third on the team in scoring with 57 points and Christian Walsh has 42 to round out the midfield ... The close defense of Chris Hipps, Henry Lobb and Casey Carroll anchor Duke’s defensive charge with Carroll sporting 22 caused turnovers and 47 ground balls ... Brendan Fowler leads the faceoff game with a 273-186 record (.595) and 177 ground balls ... Will Haus is a force on the faceoff wing and at defensive midfield with 42 ground balls and 10 goals ... In goal, Luke Aaron is 14-3 with a .518 save percentage and a 9.82 goals against average.
 
Last Time We Met
Duke received nine goals from its two midfield lines and Luke Aaron came off the bench to make nine saves in a cold early-season meeting with Denver ... Deemer Class registered his first career hat trick  and Myles Jones and Kyle Keenan both added two goals ... Brendan Fowler won 16-of-27 faceoffs, while Jordan Wolf had one goal and two assists ... Zach Miller led Denver with four goals and Wesley Berg had three ... Faus and LaPlante combined for 13 saves.
 
How Duke Got Here
Duke jumped out to a 6-0 lead and closed out the game on a 5-0 run to upend Johns Hopkins 19-11 in the NCAA quarterfinal ... The Blue Devils have 39 goals in two NCAA Tournament games after beating Air Force 20-9 in the first round.
 
The Streak Continues
Duke is making its eighth straight appearance in the NCAA semifinals ... The Blue Devils are the lone squad to reach eight consecutive championship weekends in the 21st century ... Since 2000, Duke, Syracuse and Virginia have landed in the NCAA semifinal round nine times ... Maryland and Johns Hopkins have seven appearances ... Overall Syracuse holds the record with 22 straight from 1983-2004.
 
In common
Duke and Denver share six common opponents in Penn, Air Force, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Marquette and North Carolina ... The Blue Devils went 6-0, while the Pioneers were 5-1 with a loss to Penn.
 

Opponent

Duke

Johns Hopkins

Penn

W, 9-6

L, 10-12

Air Force

W, 20-9

W, 14-8

Notre Dame

W, 15-7

W, 10-7

Rutgers

W, 17-8

W, 17-11, W, 14-7

Marquette

W, 20-9

W, 17-9

North Carolina

W, 9-8

W, 9-5

 
2014 Ncaa Tournament Stats
• Duke leads all teams with 19.50 goals per game through the quarterfinal round, six more than Notre Dame’s 13.50
• Duke’s Myles Jones leads all players with 7.50 points per game, while Jordan Wolf is tied with two other players with 4.0 goals per game
• Brendan Fowler is tops with 13 ground balls per game, while Duke is third with 38.5 per game as a team
• The 33 points per game are the most by 12 with Denver coming in second at 21
• Duke is scoring on 40.6 percent of its shots, just in front of Denver’s 34.3
 
NCAA Tournament Notes
• Duke is making its 10th appearance in the NCAA semifinals and eighth consecutive
• The Blue Devils are 30-15 all-time in the NCAA Tournament with the 30 wins ranking tied for sixth among Division I teams ... Duke is 4-5 in semifinal games
• Duke earned the top seed for the third time – also in 2007 and 2008 – and is 6-2 as the No. 1 seed ... The Blue Devils have earned a top-eight seed in 16 of their 18 NCAA Tournament appearances – 1994 (8), 1995 (5), 1997 (5), 1998 (7), 1999 (4), 2000 (7), 2002 (7) and 2005 (2), 2007 (1), 2008 (1), 2009 (3), 2010 (5), 2011 (5), 2012 (3), 2013 (7) and 2014 (1)
• Jordan Wolf leads all current Blue Devils with 43 career NCAA Tournament points (25g, 18a) ... Josh Dionne has 25 and Christian Walsh 22 ... Brendan Fowler has won 59 percent of his draws
• Duke is 3-0 in overtime NCAA Tournament games
• Duke has won 24 of its past 30 NCAA playoff games, with three of the losses coming against Johns Hopkins in the 2005 and 2007 title games and the 2008 semifinals
• Overall, the Blue Devils are 25-6 in NCAA action
when scoring at least 10 goals and 1-9 when held to single digits
• Duke is one of seven schools with more tournament wins than postseason appearances (Cornell, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Princeton, Syracuse & Virginia)
• Duke’s 14 NCAA Tournament wins since 2010 are the most of any program in that span ... Maryland and Notre Dame both have nine
 
A Win Over Denver Would
• Give Duke 16 wins for the sixth time in program history
• Send Duke to its fifth NCAA title game
• Be the program’s 31st NCAA Tournament victory
• Make Duke 62-58-1 all-time in the month of May
• Give John Danowski his 346th career victory, 127th at Duke and 26th in the NCAA Tournament
• Be the program’s 507th victory
 
Duke in the Month of May
Duke is 61-58-1 all-time in the month of May ... The Blue Devils are 27-5 in the fifth month of the  year under head coach John Danowski with all five setbacks coming in either the NCAA semifinals or NCAA Championship game.
 
Duke’s High Powered Offense
Duke’s offense ranks second in the NCAA with 15.06 goals per game ... The Blue Devils have scored at least one goal in 53 straight quarters dating back to the third quarter March 1 against Maryland ... Duke has two-plus goals in 43 straight quarters since scoring just one in the first quarter versus North Carolina.
 
Duke Midfield Among The Best
Duke’s first midfield line of Deemer Class, Myles Jones and Christian Walsh have amassed 159 points (86g, 73a) to become the highest scoring unit in Duke history ... Class is second on the team in points, Jones is third and Walsh fifth ... The trio owns 114 points in the past nine games after notching just 46 in the first nine games of the year ... Overall, the unit is tops in points among all midfield lines and second in points per game behind Princeton.
 

Top Midfield Units

School

G-A-P

Pts/Gm

Princeton

78-43-121

9.31

Duke

86-73-159

8.83

Denver

80-56-136

7.56

Cornell

65-47-112

7

 
Keenan Breaking Through
Junior Kyle Keenan entered 2014 having played in 33 games, but only scoring eight goals and eight assists in those contests ... The Smithtown, N.Y., native has experienced a breakthrough year for the Blue Devils with 28 points (19g, 9a), 12 more than his previous two seasons combined ... He has come on strong lately with eight points (4g, 4a) in Duke’s two NCAA Tournament games and 13 points in the past five outings overall.
 
Comparing Keenan’s Seasons

Year

GP-GS

G-A-P

Shots

Shot%

2012

15-3

4-2-6

12

0.333

2013

18-0

4-6-10

14

0.286

2014

17-0

19-9-28

57

0.333

 
2014 Wolf Moving Up Single-Season Charts
With 59 goals and 92 points this season, Jordan Wolf is climbing the Duke single-season charts ... Wolf is fifth in goals and tied with mentor Matt Danowski for fifth on the points list ... He is four points shy of moving into a tie for 20th on the NCAA single-season points list and one-goal shy of doing so on the goals chart.
 

Category

DUKE

ACC

NCAA

Points (92)

T-5th

2nd

-4 to 20th

Goals (59)

5th

4th

-1 to 20th

Assists (33)

T-7th

NA

NA

 
Wolf Scores In Bunches
Wolf has scored in bunches throughout his career ... The Wynnewood, Pa., native has at least seven points in seven games this season to rank third among all Division I players ... Only Lyle and Miles Thompson of Albany have more – 11 and 9, respectively ... Wolf has five games with eight points and 10 with at least five.
 
Championship Game Information
The winner advances to the national championship game Monday, May 26 at 1 p.m., against the winner of Notre Dame – Maryland. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
 
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