No. 12 Loyola (3-2) at No. 16 Duke (4-2)
March 11, 2017 | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
Setting the Scene
- Duke is 4-2 overall after rallying from a 6-2 deficit to beat No. 12 Richmond last Sunday
- Loyola is the second straight and fourth overall top 20 team the Blue Devils have faced in 2017.
- The Greyhounds, ranked 12th by the coaches, are 3-2 overall with losses to No. 6 Johns Hopkins and No. 13 Virginia to start the season.
The Series History
- Duke and Loyola are meeting for the 31st time and for the 14th time under head coach John Danowski.
- The Blue Devils are 18-12 all-time against Loyola and 9-4 since 2007. Loyola won the most recent meeting, dispatching Duke 16-11 in the NCAA Tournament first round game in 2016.
- Duke last lost to Loyola in the regular season in 2014 and last lost to the Greyhounds in Durham in 2001.
Tale of the Tape
|EMO||10-17 (.588)||5-11 (.455)|
|Man Down||17-23 (.739)||9-11 (.818)|
|Clears||92-107 (.860)||94-102 (.922)|
|Faceoff %||79-144 (.549)||82-142 (.577)|
By the Numbers
374 – Career wins for Duke head coach John Danowski, second behind Dom Starsia’s 375 on the all-time Division I coaches list
0 – Division I lacrosse coaches to reach 400 career wins, a pace Danowski is on track to reach in 2018
5.17 – Career points per game average for Loyola’s Pat Spencer, the best among active players and one of two current players to average over five points per game
4.00 – Career points per game average for junior attackman Justin Guterding, fourth among active players
.588 – Duke’s man-up percentage (10-of-17) in 2017, ranking first in the ACC and fourth nationally
8-5 – The higher ranked team’s record in the past 13 meetings between Duke and Loyola
.778 - Kyle Rowe’s faceoff percentage (42-of-54) in his two appearances against Loyola last season
44 – Percentage of Duke’s points (54 of 124) scored by attackmen Justin Guterding and Jack Bruckner
38 – Ground balls per game for the Greyhounds, third best average among Division I teams
28.67 – Ground balls per game for Duke, 34th among Division I teams and fourth in the ACC
Last Time Out
- Bolstered by three goals each from Jack Bruckner and Justin Guterding, 17th-ranked Duke rallied from a 6-2 third-quarter deficit to upend 16th-ranked Richmond, 9-8 Sunday.
- With the game knotted 6-6 after three quarters, Richmond’s JP Forester put the Spiders back in front 7-6 in the early minutes of the fourth period. The Blue Devils, behind play from Bruckner and Guterding, stormed ahead 9-7 with three consecutive tallies.
- Bruckner (3 goals & 1 assist) and Guterding (3 goals & 3 assists) combined for 10 points. Prendergast and Walsh finished with one goal and one assist apiece.
- At the faceoff X, Kyle Rowe won 11-of-19 draws and secured five ground balls. Danny Fowler made 10 saves in his 60 minutes of action.
Last Time We Met
- Loyola senior Zach Herreweyers scored six goals and Pat Spencer added eight points to lead the Greyhounds to a 16-11 victory over Duke in the first round NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.
- Loyola jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never let Duke get any closer than a goal throughout the 60 minutes. Jack Bruckner put forth his best effort with a season-high six goals.
- Kyle Rowe was outstanding at the faceoff X for the Blue Devils, winning a career-high 23-of-31 faceoff and picking up a career-best 17 ground balls. In goal, Danny Fowler made 10 saves in 60 minutes of action.
- Loyola goalie Jacob Stover had a fantastic day between the pipes, making 16 saves, including four in the fourth quarter.
- Loyola is 3-2 overall and ranked 12th in the latest USILA poll. The Greyhounds are on a three-game win streak after starting the season with losses to Virginia and Johns Hopkins.
- The Greyhounds are led on offense by Pat Spencer and Alex McGovern with 30 (8 g, 22a) and 19 (8, 11) points, respectively. Spencer, following his 10 assist performance last weekend, is averaging 4.40 assists per game to lead the nation.
- Loyola’s offense overall is one of the highest scoring in the nation, ranking fifth in points per game (25.60) and sixth in scoring offense (14.60).
- Defensively, the Greyhounds are allowing just over 10 goals per game and are anchored by goaltender Jacob Stover with a 10.41 goals against average and a .500 save percentage. Foster Huggins paces the close defense with eight caused turnovers and 14 ground balls.
- Graham Savio is 79-of-134 (.590) at the faceoff X with 44 ground balls. He also has three goals.
Loyola Latest Test for the Blue Devils
- No. 16 Duke welcomes No. 12 Loyola to Koskinen Stadium Saturday, marking the 11th time in the past 13 meetings the two teams have been ranked.
- 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.
% NCAA Tournament
Top Scoring Attack Lines
- The trio of Guterding, Bruckner and Mitch Russell is one of the highest scoring attack units nationally. Bolstered by 327 points from Guterding and Bruckner, the trio has amassed 334 points on 230 goals and 97 assists to rank second among current attacking units.
- Maryland tops the list with 364 career points and 252 career goals. Bruckner and Guterding’s 327 points alone rank second behind the Terrapin trio.
364 - Maryland
334 - Duke
302 - Marist
252 - Maryland
230 – Duke
Duke Special Teams are Special
- Since giving up two man-up goals on four chances in the season-opening loss to Air Force, the Blue Devils have allowed just four extra-man scores on 19 man-up opportunities for their opponents. Overall, Duke is successfully killing 74 percent of its penalties this season, the best in the ACC and 13th nationally.
- The Blue Devils have found good success on man up this season, converting 59 percent of their extra man opportunities. Duke owns the best EMO in the ACC and is fourth nationally.
Danowski Nearing Win No. 375
- Head coach John Danowski is one win shy of reaching 375 career victories and two wins away from becoming Division I’s wins leader. Dom Starsia currently holds the record with 375 career victories. Danowski is third among active coaches across all three divisions and is on pace to become the first Division I head coach to reach 400 wins in the 2018 season.
|1.||Jim Berkman, Salisbury||494||56|
|2.||Hank Janczyk, Gettysburg||425||135|
|3.||John Danowski, Duke||374||187|
|4.||Bill Tierney, Denver||372||122|
NCAA Active Leaders
- Duke has a trio of players peppered throughout the top 10 NCAA DI active leaders lists.
- Kyle Rowe is tops in ground balls and second in faceoffs won and third in ground balls per game.
- Justin Guterding is fourth in points per game and goals per game. He is second among juniors in career points.
- Jack Bruckner also is sprinkled in, with his 111 goals ranking sixth. He is ninth in career points.
Rowe Climbs in NCAA Records Book
- With a pair of ground balls at Denver, faceoff specialist Kyle Rowe joined the elite 400 ground ball club with 15 other players in NCAA Division I history.
- He has 412 ground balls and currently is tied for 14th on the NCAA all-time list. His 7.92 ground balls per game average is 10th on the NCAA list, while his 7.00 per game average at Duke is the best in school history.
- The Vienna, Va., native also moved into the top 25 in the NCAA records book for faceoffs won, ranking 18th with 666.
- Duke hits the road to the nation’s capital next Saturday for a matchup with Georgetown. Faceoff will be at 12 p.m.