No. 3 Duke (4-1) vs. Richmond (2-2)
March 3, 2018 |1 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
Setting the Scene
- Duke returns home for a matchup against Richmond Saturday at 1 p.m.
- The Blue Devils are 4-1 and ranked third, while Richmond is 2-2 following a loss to Notre Dame.
- The game will be broadcast on ACC Sports Network Extra and can be seen on the WatchESPN platform.
The Series History
- Duke and Richmond are meeting for the third time and for the third straight season. The series is knotted 1-1.
- The Spiders captured the inaugural matchup in Durham in 2016, while Duke avenged the loss in Richmond 9-8 last season.
By the Numbers
3 – Duke’s national rank following the setback at Penn
8.80 – Turnovers per game for the Blue Devils, the lowest average in Division I lacrosse
15.80 – Goals per game average for the Blue Devils after five games, second nationally
9.50 – Goals allowed per game by Richmond in four games, first in the Southern Conference and 21st nationally
274 – Career points for Justin Guterding, good for fourth on the Duke scoring chart
60 – Straight games with a point for senior Justin Guterding, the longest among Division I players
.833 – The Spiders’ man-down percentage, allowing just two goals in 12 man-down situations
.434 – Duke’s shot percentage, the best in the nation despite connecting on 28 percent of its attempts this past Saturday
11.25 – Richmond goalie Blake Goodman’s saves per game average, 12th highest in Division I
Last Time Out
- Both Justin Guterding and Brad Smith tallied two goals and an assist apiece, while rookie midfielder Nakeie Montgomery netted his first collegiate goal and posted two overall.
- Danny Fowler made a season-high 11 saves in the cage. Duke won just 7-of-22 faceoffs and went on a 19:47 scoreless stretch between the third and fourth quarters.
Last Time We Met
- 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 in Richmond in 2017.
- With the game knotted at 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.
- The Spiders pulled within one on a goal by Forester with 5:35 remaining, but Duke goalkeeper Danny Fowler made his 10th and final save of the afternoon with 1:06 left in the game before JT Giles-Harris preserved the victory by intercepting Richmond’s last gasp heave as time expired.
- At the faceoff X, Kyle Rowe won 11-of-19 draws and secured five ground balls.
Chemotti Returns to Durham
- For the second time since being named Richmond’s head coach in advance of its inaugural season in 2014, Dan Chemotti returns to his alma mater. Chemotti’s first visit as a head coach was a memorable one as the Spiders upset Duke 12-10 in 2016.
- A 2002 Duke graduate, Chemotti helped lead the Blue Devils to consecutive ACC titles his junior and senior years. The Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons and he was elected captain as a senior.
- Richmond comes to Durham after an 11-7 loss to Notre Dame last weekend. The Spiders are 2-2 with wins over Bucknell and Mount St. Mary’s.
- The Spiders are led on offense by Teddy Hatfield’s 15 points (11g, 4a). Ryan Lanchbury has a team-best six goals and seven points overall. Richmond is averaging 8.75 goals per game and shooting just .265 for the year. The Spiders have scored in double figures just once this season.
- Sean Menges leads the defense with 17 ground balls and seven caused turnovers. Garrett Smith handles the faceoff duties, winning 39-of-87 draws (.448) and picking up six ground balls. In goal, Blake Goodman is 2-2 with a 9.06 goals against average and a .556 save percentage. The Spiders are allowing 9.50 goals per game.
- The Blue Devils lead the nation in fewest turnovers per game, averaging only 8.80 per game. Duke had a season-high 12 turnovers against Jacksonville and a season-low seven versus Air Force and Penn. At the same point in the 2017 campaign, Duke was averaging 11.40 turnovers per game and ranked 16th nationally.
- Duke enters Saturday’s contest with the nation’s No. 2 scoring offense, while Richmond features a stout defense allowing only 9.50 goals per game. The Blue Devils have scored at least 15 goals in four of five games and Richmond has allowed double-digit goals in only two of its four outings.
- In addition, Duke’s eighth-ranked man-up offense will be going up against Richmond’s eighth-ranked man-down defense. The Spiders have allowed just two man-up scores in 12 man-down situations (.833) and Duke has scored six extra-man goals on 11 chances (.545).
Home Sweet Home for the Blue Devils
- Duke has fared well in the comfy confines of Koskinen Stadium since 2007. The Blue Devils went 7-2 in Durham last season and are 98-17 all-time at home under John Danowski.
Blue Devils Still Tops in Shot Percentage
- Despite scoring just nine goals on 32 shots – a .281 shot percentage – at Penn, the Blue Devils remain atop the Division I shot percentage list at .434. Canisius is just behind Duke at .422. Overall, Duke has 79 goals on 182 shots.
Uppgren Goalie Reunion
- Saturday will feature a reunion of goalie brothers Turner Uppgren and George Uppgren. Turner is a junior for the Blue Devils and backs up Danny Fowler, while George is a freshman for the Spiders and has yet to see game action.
- Both excelled at Choate Rosemary Hall before joining their respective college teams.
- Duke starts a three-game road swing at No. 9 Loyola next weekend. The Blue Devils and Greyhounds face off at 3 p.m. The game will be streamed live on Facebook.