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Duke and Irish Meet for 3rd Time in NCAA Quarterfinal
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Release: 05/17/2019
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Game 17

No. 5 Duke (12-4) vs. No. 9 Notre Dame (9-6)

May 18, 2019 | 2:30 p.m. | ESPNU

James M. Shuart Stadium | Hempstead, N.Y.


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Setting the Scene

  • Duke is the No. 2 overall seed and advanced to its 17th NCAA quarterfinal with a 12-11 win over Richmond in the opening round. The Fighting Irish, the seventh seed, cruised past Johns Hopkins 16-9 to move on. 
  • Duke last was the two seed in 2005. The Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA title game that season before losing to top-seeded Johns Hopkins, 9-8.
  • Notre Dame is 9-6 overall and has won three of its past four contests. This is the Irish’s ninth quarterfinal appearance in the past 10 seasons.


The Series History

  • Duke and Notre Dame are meeting for the 25th time overall and for the fifth time in NCAA Tournament history. The Blue Devils hold a 14-10 edge in the series and are 4-1 in NCAA postseason games.
  • This is the first time the two teams have met in the NCAA Tournament since Duke defeated the Irish 11-9 in the 2014 title game. The Blue Devils beat Notre Dame in the quarterfinals twice, 7-5 in 2011 and 12-11 in 2013.


By the Numbers

27 – Consecutive games Joe Robertson has scored a point

11-5 – Duke’s record in NCAA quarterfinal games

20 – Meeting between Duke and Notre Dame this decade coming up Saturday

10-9 – Duke’s record in the 19 meetings since 2010

172 – Goals for Duke in the previous 19 matchups with the Irish

171 – Goals for Notre Dame in the previous 19 matchups with Duke

16 – Points scored by CJ Carpenter in the past five games

10 – Points scored by CJ Carpenter in his previous 24 contests

9.19 – Duke’s scoring defense, the best in the ACC and ranking fifth nationally

27 – Goals allowed by Duke in the third quarter this season for a 1.7 per game average

56 – Goals scored by the Blue Devils in the third quarter

21 – Faceoffs taken by sophomore Joe Stein in the opening round game versus Richmond

7 – Faceoffs taken by Joe Stein all season prior to Saturday’s game

13.44 – Notre Dame’s goals scored average in its 10 wins in 2019

8.33  – The Irish’s goals per game average in their six losses


NCAA Tournament Notes

  • Duke earned its 23rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 13th straight with an 11-4 record. The Blue Devils are one of five schools to have an active streak of 10 consecutive appearances. The 13 straight bids are behind Maryland’s 17 and Notre Dame’s 14.
  • Duke is seeded second for the second time program history. The Blue Devils also were seeded second in 2005, losing to Johns Hopkins in the national title game.
  • Duke is 3-0 in overtime NCAA Tournament games and 2-0 under John Danowski.
  • Duke has won 31 of its past 41 NCAA playoff games. Three of the losses came against Johns Hopkins in the 2005 and 2007 title games and the 2008 semifinals.
  • Overall, the Blue Devils are 32-10 in NCAA action when scoring at least 10 goals and 1-9 when held to single digits.
  • Duke is one of nine schools with more tournament wins than postseason appearances (Cornell, Denver, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, North Carolina, Princeton, Syracuse & Virginia).
  • Duke’s 21 NCAA Tournament wins since 2010 are second behind Maryland’s 23. 
  • The Blue Devils are 37-19 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The 37 wins are fifth among Division I teams.


Blue Devils vs Irish This Decade

  • Since 2010, the Duke and Notre Dame rivalry has been one of the fiercest in college lacrosse. The Blue Devils hold a narrow 10-9 edge in the series and have 172 goals to the Irish’s 171.
  • Duke is 4-0 in NCAA Tournament games in that span. The two squads have played twice every year except 2012.
  • Neither team has won consecutive games in the same season since Duke won both contests in 2014.


Duke vs. Notre Dame Take Three

  • Duke and Notre Dame will meet for the third time this season Saturday with both teams owning a win. It is the first time the two teams have met three times in a season.
  • The Blue Devils cruised to a 14-8 win in Durham during the regular season, as three Duke players scored five points and a six-goal second quarter gave the Blue Devils their first ACC win.
  • Notre Dame avenged the loss in the ACC semifinal, holding off a comeback effort from Duke for the 12-10 win. Bryan Costabile, after being held to two points in the regular season, had five goals to lead the Irish to victory.
  • In the regular season, Duke’s first midfield had 12 points and the Blue Devils assisted on 10 of 14 goals. Defensively, Duke held Notre Dame to just 28 shots and only 17 on goal. 
  • Three weeks later in the ACC semifinals, the Blue Devils’ first midfield line was held to five points and Duke assisted on just five of the 10 goals. Notre Dame fired 39 shots, including 27 on the cage. Duke did fire 28 shots on frame, but Irish backstop Matt Schmidt stopped 18 of them.


Duke in Top 10 Matchups

  • When Duke and Notre Dame meet Saturday, it will be the 93rd top 10 meeting for the Blue Devils since 2007 The Blue Devils are 59-33 when both teams are ranked among the top 10.
  • Duke and Notre dame play as top 10 opponents for the 15th time since 2007. The Blue Devils are 8-6 in the meetings and are 4-4 when ranked higher.


Looking at Duke

  • The No. 2 overall seed, Duke advanced to quarterfinal weekend following a 12-11 win over Richmond this past Sunday. The Blue Devils are making their 17th appearance in the quarterfinals in search of a 12th semifinal appearance.
  • Joe Robertson and Brad Smith pace the offense with 53 and 52 points, respectively. Robertson has a team-best 37 goals and Smith a squad-leading 27 assists. Joey Manown has 23 goals and Nakeie Montgomery is a leader in the midfield with 20 goals and 32 points.
  • On defense, the duo of All-ACC picks Cade Van Raaphorst and JT Giles-Harris anchor the close defense along with senior Jack Fowler, who is a first-year starter. Van Raaphorst has 54 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers, while Giles-Harris has 35 and 24, respectively. They have been matchup nightmares for opponents all season. Van Raaphorst also has a goal and two assists.
  • Brian Smyth is the leader at the X with a 143-267 (.536) record. He has picked up ground balls on 91 of his 143 wins and owns two goals and two assists. 
  • In goal, senior Turner Uppgren is the starter and owns a 9.28 goals against average and a .514 save percentage. In the past seven games, Uppgren sports a 9.28 GAA and a .554 save percentage.


Scouting Notre Dame

  • Notre Dame earned the No. 7 seed in the tournament and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals by cruising past Johns Hopkins 16-9 to cap opening round action. The 16 goals were the second most scored by the Irish in 2019.
  • The Irish have won three of four games and welcome the return of Ryder Garnsey to the lineup after he missed the regular season. Garnsey had three goals and an assist against the Blue Jays.
  • ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Bryan Costabile, paces the Notre Dame offense with 44 points from 40 goals and four assists. Brendan Gleason and Connor Morin both have 36 points apiece. The Irish average 11.40 goals per game, the highest scoring average for Notre Dame since a 13.27 average in 2015.
  • Defensively, Hugh Crance and Arden Cohen sport the top defensive numbers with 16 caused turnovers apiece. Cohen also has 43 ground balls for a defensive unit that allows 9.87 goals per game. The 9.87 goals against average is the highest for an Irish team this decade, just above the 9.80 average in 2017.
  • At the faceoff X, Charles Leonard has taken all but 19 draws this season and owns a 205-of-346 record for a .592 win percentage. He has picked up 97 ground balls.
  • In goal, Matt Schmidt has played in 12 games and owns a 9.83 goals against average and a .493 save percentage. He had 18 saves in the ACC semifinal against the Blue Devils and made nine versus Johns Hopkins.


Stein Steps Up

  • Sophomore faceoff specialist Joe Stein stepped up at the X for the Blue Devils against Richmond. The 2018 All-ACC selection entered the NCAA game having taken just seven faceoffs all season. Against the Spiders Stein took 21 and won 12 with eight ground balls. He had just three faceoff victories on the year and one ground ball in four previous appearances.


Montgomery in May

  • After making a statement on the national stage as a rookie in 2018, Nakeie Montgomery continues to show he’s made for May. The sophomore tallied three goals and two assists versus Richmond in the opening round to push his NCAA career points total to 13. He is averaging 2.6 points per game in NCAA play and 1.25 in his 28 regular season games.
  • Montgomery owns three hat tricks in five games, while the five points last weekend were a career high.


Up Next

  • A win by the Blue Devils Saturday will send Duke to its 12th NCAA semifinal, which will take place in Philadelphia. Duke would face the winner between Virginia and Maryland. Faceoff will be May 25 at Lincoln Financial Field.