Duke head coach John Danowski and the Blue Devils had an exciting few days this past week as the head coach climbed atop the NCAA Division I wins list with a pair of victories. Included in the wins was a dominant 15-7 victory over 12th-ranked Loyola to give Danowski his 375th career victory.
Danowski Makes History
There is a new name atop the NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse wins list. John Danowski picked up his 375th and 376th victories over the course of three days to pass former Virginia and Brown coach Dom Starsia. Danowski, on pace to become the first Division I head coach to reach 400 career victories, picked up his 157th win at Duke and his sixth this season as the Blue Devils improve to 6-2. In his 35th season of coaching overall, Danowski started his coaching career at LIU Post in 1983 where he compiled 27 wins. He was tabbed the Hofstra head coach in 1986 and coached the Pride to 192 wins before taking the reins at Duke in 2006. He lifted the Blue Devils to new heights, amassing 157 wins, seven ACC regular season titles, four ACC Tournament titles, eight straight appearances in the NCAA semifinals, four in the NCAA title game and ultimately the 2010, 2013 and 2014 national championships.
Duke Posts Another Top 20 Win
The Blue Devils garnered their second consecutive top 20 win Saturday afternoon, besting No. 12 Loyola 15-7 at Koskinen Stadium. Led on offense by 14 points by the starting attack unit of Jack Bruckner, Justin Guterding and Joey Manown, Duke outscored the Greyhounds 5-0 in the second quarter to break open a 3-3 tie after 15 minutes. The Blue Devils were equally as impressive on the defensive end, holding the nation’s leader in points per game, Pat Spencer, to just three points. Danny Fowler made a season-high 14 saves and holding Loyola to only 14 shots in the first half.
Fowler, Bruckner Garner ACC Awards
On the strength of their performances against Loyola, seniors Danny Fowler and Jack Bruckner were named the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Players of the Week. Fowler captured the defensive award, while Bruckner shared the offensive honor with Virginia’s Zed Williams. It was the first honor for both Fowler and Bruckner this season.
Guterding Making Quick Push to 200
The fastest Blue Devil to reach 100 career points, Justin Guterding also is on pace to reach the 200-point benchmark the quickest of any Duke player. He is currently on pace for just over 80 points this season and needs just 19 points to get to 200. Averaging five points per game, Guterding will reach the mark in 49 games, one faster than Zack Greer’s 50.
Fowler Hitting His Stride
Duke goaltender Danny Fowler is hitting his stride as the Blue Devils hit the midway point of the regular season. Fowler has stopped at least 55 percent of shots in the past four games after registering a save percentage below .500 in three of the first four games. He has double digit saves in three games this season, including the season-high 14 against Loyola.
Joey Manown Turning the Corner
In the past two games, rookie attackman Joey Manown has eight points to push his season total to 16. The eight points match the total from the first six games of the year. He started his career with eight points in his first three games before going on a three-game scoreless stretch. He rejoined the starting lineup against Loyola and was instrumental in the Blue Devils’ victory as he netted his first career hat trick. Manown added a second hat trick two days later against Jacksonville.
CJ Carpenter Joins Goal Scoring Ranks
Sophomore attackman CJ Carpenter netted his first career goal Monday against Jacksonville. Carpenter came off the bench in the fourth quarter and threw in a Ryan Hastings pass for his first career goal and second career point. He is one of eight players this season to score their first goals in a Blue Devil jersey.
Climbing the Polls
Duke moved up four spots in the USILA poll and five in the Inside Lacrosse poll following its victory over Loyola. The Blue Devils return to the top 15 at No. 12 and No. 13, respectively, and have meetings with the nation’s Nos. 3, 6, 7, 13 and 16 remaining.
Guterding’s Switch from 33 to 14
One of the noticeable differences in the Blue Devils in 2017 was the new number for attackman Justin Guterding. This will have special meaning when Duke travels to Georgetown where the late Eddie Blatz Jr. played for three seasons before passing away in 2016. Duke’s top scorer changed his number to 14 to honor Blatz’s memory. Blatz was a high school teammate of Guterding’s at Garden City and played at Georgetown from 2014-16. Guterding is one of a few players across the country that has changed his number in honor of Blatz.
ACC Play Looming
A road game at Georgetown is the final hurdle for the Blue Devils before they start the gauntlet of ACC play. After returning from the nation’s capital, Duke turns around a week later to take on No. 6 Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. The Blue Devils make the short trip down Tobacco Road for a Sunday matchup with the No. 7 Tar Heels and return home to cap the ACC regular season with No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 13 Virginia.