Duke captured its first ranked opponent Sunday with a 9-8 come-from-behind victory over No. 16 Richmond. The Blue Devils moved to 4-2 overall on the year and up one spot to 16th in the USILA Coaches poll. The Spiders were the first of seven top 20 opponents Duke will face in the final 11 games of the regular season.
Rallying Past Richmond
The Blue Devils faced their largest halftime deficit of the season Sunday when they trailed 16th-ranked Richmond 5-2 after two quarters. The Spiders extended their lead to 6-2 in the third quarter before the Blue Devils went on a 7-1 run to grab a 9-7 advantage. Justin Guterding had a hand in five of the goals with two tallies and three assists, while Jack Bruckner added three goals and an assist. Kyle Rowe and the Blue Devils were outstanding in the fourth quarter, winning five of six restarts after winning just two in the third period. Duke held Richmond scoreless for a span of 15:02 over the course the third and fourth quarters and to just one goal in the final 10 minutes of the game for the 9-8 victory.
Guterding Scoring Pace Continues
With six points at Richmond, junior attackman Justin Guterding pushed his points per game average to 5.17. He already has 31 points this season, the most among Division I players, and with at least 10 games left this season he is on pace to score 83. The 83 points would rank ninth in Duke single-season history. His 5.17 points per game average is the highest in the ACC and ranks ninth nationally. He is one of six players in Division I lacrosse to rank in the top 30 in goals and assists per game – 12th in assists (2.50) and 30th in goals (2.67).
Top Scoring Attack Lines
The attack line of Guterding, Bruckner and Mitch Russell is one of the highest scoring trios in the nation. Over the course of their careers, they have amassed 334 points, ranking second among current attacking trios. Maryland tops the list with 364 career points. Bruckner and Guterding have 327 of the points, which would put them second on the list behind the Terrapins trio. Only three groups have at least 300 points in their careers.
364 - Maryland
334 - Duke
302 - Marist
291 - Brown
274 - Towson
252 - Maryland
230 - Duke
191 - Towson
178 - Brown
161 – Bryant
Duke Special Teams Living up to Name
Duke’s man down was outstanding Sunday, holding the Spiders to 1-of-6 on extra man opportunities. That performance pushed the Blue Devils to a 74 percent success rate on man down, the best in the ACC and 13th nationally. Since allowing Air Force to go 2-of-4 on extra man in the season opener, Duke has allowed just four man-up goals and sports a 79 percent success rate on man down in the past five games. Meanwhile, Duke is scoring on 59 percent of its man-up chances to lead the conference and fourth in the nation. The Blue Devils have a man-up goal in five of the six games and five against Cleveland State.
Danowski Going for Win No. 375
Duke head coach John Danowski will be going for his 375th win Saturday when the Blue Devils welcome No. 9 Loyola to Durham. He leads all Division I active coaches in career wins and is third among all active head coaches with his 374 victories. A win would push Danowski into a tie with former Virginia head coach Dom Starsia with 375 victories to rank third all-time in wins among coaches across all three divisions. Two more victories would make him the Division I all-time leader in wins by a head coach.
Division I Coaches by Wins
- Dom Starsia, Brown & Virginia 375-149
- John Danowski, Hofstra & Duke 374-187
- Bill Tierney, Princeton & Denver 372-122
- David Urick, Hobart & Georgetown 345-129
- Mike Pressler, Ohio Wesleyan, Duke and Bryant 343-167
Loyola Latest Test for the Blue Devils
No. 16 Duke welcomes No. 12 Loyola to Koskinen Stadium Saturday for another top 20 matchup between the Blue Devils and Greyhounds. Both teams have been ranked in the top 20 in 11 of the 13 meetings since 2007. The higher ranked team is 8-5 in the 13 games and Duke has “upset” the Greyhounds four times. The last time a lower ranked Blue Devil squad beat Loyola was in 2013 when unranked Duke beat No. 4 Loyola 9-8 to pave the way to the NCAA title.
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