Duke Rallies for Top Five Victory
The top-ranked Blue Devils captured their first top-five victory Friday night over Denver since upsetting No. 5 Syracuse 16-15 March 26, 2016. Last weeks’ triumph over a top-five foe when also ranked in the top five was the first since the NCAA Championship win over No. 5 Notre Dame in 2014. With the win over Denver, Duke improves to 8-4 when ranked No. 1 under head coach John Danowski. It is the first time the Blue Devils have won when being ranked first since the 2008 NCAA quarterfinal win over Ohio State May 18.
Duke is 4-0
The Blue Devils are 4-0 heading into their first road trip. Duke is 4-0 to start a season for the first time since 2014 and for the third time in head coach John Danowski’s 12 seasons. Duke’s best start under Danowski was an 8-0 start in 2008, which included wins over No. 15 Bucknell, No. 3 Maryland, No. 13 Loyola and No. 3 North Carolina.
Tracking Guterding Numbers
With six points from three goals and three assists against Denver, senior captain Justin Guterding pushed his season points total to 33 (15g, 18a). He is now 29 points away from 300 for his career and 15 points away from taking over the No. 3 spot from Zack Greer on the Duke career points chart. He is now fifth all-time at Duke in assists (109) and needs 12 more to move past Jordan Wolf for the No. 3 spot. With 162 goals to his name, he needs nine to surpass Matt Danowski’s 170 and 45 to break Zack Greer’s single-season and NCAA record of 206.
Guterding Moves into NCAA Top 25
With 271 career points, Guterding recently moved into 23rd on the NCAA Division I all-time scoring list, two points behind Notre Dame’s Randy Colley and 10 away from moving into the top 20. He is on pace to become Division I’s 13th 300-point scorer. Guterding is five goals shy of joining the top 25 on the goals chart. He is just behind current Albany senior Connor Fields on both of those lists.
Fastest to 100, 200 and 300
Guterding already owns the notoriety of owning or sitting in a tie as the fastest Blue Devil to 100 and 200 career points in program history, besting Matt Danowski’s path to 100 and tying Zack Greer’s mark at 200. He is on pace to become just the third Blue Devil to reach the 300-point plateau in program history. Danowski did so in 70 games, while Jordan Wolf surpassed the benchmark in his 81st and final game in a Duke uniform. Guterding needs to average 3.9 points per game over the next 10 games to beat Danowski’s number.
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McDonough Returns to Face Former Team
Duke defenseman Kevin McDonough, coming off of his finest performance as a Blue Devil, returns to Philadelphia to face his former squad in Penn. McDonough played four seasons with the Quakers with his final campaign being derailed by injury, giving him one year of eligibility remaining. After graduating from Penn, McDonough enrolled in Duke’s Master of Management Studies program at the Fuqua School of Business and joined the Blue Devils. In his time at Penn, the defenseman played in 47 games with 21 starts and collected 50 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers.
Duke in the National Statistics
With nearly every Division I team having played at least one game, Duke is well represented in the national statistics. Justin Guterding, with 33 points to his name after four games, leads the nation in assists per game (4.50) and points per game (8.25). He is 11th in goals per game (3.75) and 13th in shot percentage (.625). Rookie Joe Robertson, averaging three goals and 4.50 points per game, is third amongst rookie scorers. As a team, Duke is second in the nation in assists (9.75), points per game (27.25), scoring margin (10.00), scoring offense (17.50) and shot percentage (.467). Nineteen teams still remain undefeated after the first few weeks. Duke’s scoring defense is eighth nationally at 7.50 goals allowed per game.
Hall of Fame Kind of Year for Danowskis
2018 is proving to be a Hall of Fame year for the Danowski family. Matt Danowski, former Blue Devil star and current assistant coach, recently was inducted in the Long Island Metro Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame in January. In June, his father and current Duke head coach John Danowski will be inducted into the North Carolina Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
A star at Farmingdale High School where he was bestowed the honor of wearing the No. 40 jersey honoring John Krumenacker, Matt went on to rewrite the Duke and NCAA records books, breaking the career scoring marks in each during his stellar career. He was the first Blue Devil to win the Tewaaraton Award honoring the nation’s best lacrosse player as he led the Blue Devils to three NCAA championship weekends and to the NCAA title game twice. As an assistant coach, Matt was a crucial piece to Duke winning the 2013 and 2014 NCAA crowns.
John, Duke’s head coach since 2007, has taken Blue Devil lacrosse to new heights during his tenure. He guided the program to NCAA championship weekend in eight consecutive seasons and captured national championships in 2010, 2013 and 2014. A winner of nearly 80 percent of his games at Duke, John etched his named in the NCAA records book in 2017, becoming Division I’s all-time wins leader. He currently owns 387 wins and is on pace to become Division I’s first 400-win coach.
Duke Looking for Success at Franklin Field
Duke heads to the City of Brotherly Love this weekend to take on No. 17 Penn. The Blue Devils have not fared well in the two games they have played at Franklin Field. Duke, in its first trip to play at Penn in 2011, lost to the Quakers by a 7-3 score. At the time, the three goals scored by Duke were the fewest since a 10-3 loss March 4, 1986. Two seasons later, the Blue Devils suffered a 14-9 loss at Penn after being outscored 5-1 in the fourth quarter.