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GB Notebook: One Win Down; Quarterfinals Next
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/16/2018
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Duke Cruises in to NCAA Quarters

Thanks to a 7-0 run in the final 9:14 of the second quarter, the Blue Devils eased past Villanova 17-11 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Rookie Joe Robertson finished with four goals and an assist, while Brad Smith had a goal and four assists. Another rookie in Nakeie Montgomery had a career game with his first hat trick as a Blue Devil. Overall, 11 Blue Devils registered at least one point and eight had at least one goal. Brian Smyth dominated the faceoff X, winning 23-of-28 draws, picking up 16 ground balls and registering a goal and an assist.

 

Quigleys Match Up Opposite Each Other

For the first time since graduating from high school, twin brothers Kevin Quigley and Brendan Quigley were on the same field playing lacrosse. However, this time it was for opposing teams as Kevin runs on Duke’s second midfield line and Brendan is a short-stick defensive middie for Villanova. Check out the story below with a viewpoint from the brothers as well as their parents on that special moment.

Record Watching

Senior Justin Guterding inched closer to Zack Greer’s NCAA record 206 goals with two goals against Villanova. Guterding currently stands at 204, needing three to pass Greer. They are the only two players in NCAA Division I history to record 200 goals in a career. The senior captain finished the day with three points to put him at 99 for the season, one shy of joining Jordan Wolf as the lone Duke players with 100 points in a season and five away from breaking Wolf’s record of 103 in 2014.

 

Gill Makes Most of NCAA Opportunities

David Gill has made the most of his opportunities in his two NCAA Tournament outings. The Chatham, N.J., lined up on the faceoff wing for Duke last weekend and came away with a career-best two goals on two shots. In 2017, at Johns Hopkins, Gill came on to tally a goal on his lone shot in the 19-6 win over the Blue Jays in the NCAA opener. For his career, Gill has five goals and three have come in NCAA Tournament play.  

 

Smyth Shines in Six

Sophomore faceoff specialist had quite the day last weekend, winning 23-of-28 draws, picking up 16 ground balls and adding a goal and an assist. The 82 percent success rate against the Wildcats was only the latest demonstration of Duke’s now top draw man’s improvement at the X. Smyth has come on strong in Duke’s previous six outings, winning 61-of-99 for 62 percent. Even prior to last Saturday, Smyth was at 54 percent in his five previous games after going 53-of-126 (.421) in his first eight.

Date Opponent Score GB FO Pct.
4/7/18 at Notre Dame 8-2 4 5-10 .500
4/14/18 at Virginia 18-13 5 8-14 .571
4/20/18 Marquette 17-5 3 8-14 .571
4/27/18 vs. Notre Dame 11-14 7 15-27 .555
5/6/18 Boston U. 13-9 2 2-6 .333
5/12/18 Villanova 17-11 16 23-28 .821
Total 37 61-99 .616

NCAA Tournament Notes Update

16 – NCAA Quarterfinal appearances for the Blue Devils

36 – Career saves for Danny Fowler in his five NCAA Tournament games, tied for eighth in Duke history and 10 away from fifth

8-1 – Duke’s record in NCAA quarterfinal games under head coach John Danowski with the first loss coming last season

11.33 – Average margin of victory for Duke in its three NCAA Tournament wins over Johns Hopkins under Danowski

397 – Career wins for head coach John Danowski, three away from becoming the first Division I coach to reach 400 victories

LOOKING AHEAD TO DUKE VS. JOHNS HOPKINS | SUNDAY, MAY 20 | 2:30 PM | ESPNU

Duke vs. Hopkins Top 10

Sunday will mark the eighth time Duke and Johns Hopkins will face off both ranked in the top 10 and just the fourth time as top five squads in modern history. The Blue Jays enter the matchup ranked second and Duke fourth in the most recent USILA poll. Hopkins is 2-1 when ranked higher with the most recent victory being a 10-9 triumph in the NCAA semifinal in 2008. 

Date Duke Rank JHU Rank Duke Result
5/18/1997 5 4 W, 12-11
4/5/2003 10 1 L, 6-19
4/10/2004 13 2 L, 5-6
4/7/2007 4 9 W, 11-9
5/28/2007 2 3 L, 11-12
4/5/2008 2 11 W, 17-6
5/24/2008 1 4 L, 9-10
5/15/2010 5 14 W, 18-5
5/18/2014 3 8 W, 19-11
5/13/2017 6 9 W, 19-6

Duke Second Quarter Spurts

The Blue Devils are outscoring their opponents 70-31 in the second quarter this season. Duke has outscored its foes in 13 of the 17 second quarters. The Blue Devils lost the second 15-minute session to Cleveland State (1-2) and Notre Dame (3-4) in the ACC Tournament and tied Notre Dame (1-1) and Jacksonville (4-4).

GOALS BY PERIOD 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Duke 47 70 51 57
Opponents 31 31 35 36

Hopkins a Second Half Squad

Johns Hopkins has thrived in the second half this season, outscoring opponents 113-72. The Blue Jays have struggled out of the gates at times, being outscored 78-76 in the first half this year. They have erased at least a three-goal deficit to win three times this season and rallied from a 9-2 score to beat Virginia. Hopkins trailed 9-6 to Rutgers in the third quarter and eventually won 13-12. It also came back from two-goals down in third quarters to beat Ohio State and Maryland in the Big Ten Championship.

GOALS BY PERIOD 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Johns Hopkins 41 35 52 61
Opponents 44 34 33 39

What Gives?

On paper, Duke and Johns Hopkins appear to be quite similar. Both teams feature top 10 scoring offenses, own similar faceoff numbers and have reliable go-to playmakers on attack. The Blue Devils have the edge defensively and with their man-up offense, while the Blue Jays have been able to generate more shots. What will give Sunday when all the stats are thrown out of the window and only what happens between the lines for 60 minutes matters? Tune in at 2:30 p.m., on ESPNU to find out.

Tale of the Tape
Category Duke JHU
Shots/Game 36.4 39.6
Goals/Game 13.76 11.88
Assists/Game 7.82 7.25
Points/Game 21.59 19.13
Shot % .378 .300
GAA 8.41 9.44
GBs/Game 31.53 27.19
EMO 17-32 (.531) 19-54 (.352)
Man Down 40-57 (.702) 32-48 (.667)
Clears 276-311 (.887) 222-247 (.899)
Faceoff % 219-434 (.505) 214-397 (.539)
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