The third-ranked Blue Devils rebounded in a convincing way this past Saturday with a 14-4 victory over Richmond. Trailing 2-1 after the first quarter, Duke rattled off eight straight goals to secure a 9-2 halftime lead. Justin Guterding assisted on the tying goal and then threw in four straight to give Duke a comfortable lead. He finished with eight points overall. Defensively, Duke was outstanding in keeping the Spiders off the scoreboard in the second and fourth quarters and forcing 25 turnovers. Richmond managed only 25 shots for the game with 10 of the 14 on goal being stopped by goaltender Danny Fowler.
Tewaaraton Award Announces Watch List
The Tewaaraton Award Foundation announced its 2018 men’s watch lists Thursday evening and a pair of Blue Devils in Justin Guterding and Cade Van Raaphorst are among the 50 players listed. An honor traditionally awarded to an offensive player, Van Raaphorst is one of eight defensemen and Guterding one of 20 attackmen on the list. Overall, 24 of the players, including Van Raaphorst, are non-seniors.
Guterding Puts Up Another Big Day
Senior attackman Justin Guterding had another big day this past weekend, scoring six goals and passing out two assists to push his season points total to 44. He is inching his way to the 300-point benchmark, needing 18 more points. He is four points shy of passing Zack Greer for third on the Duke career points list and needs two goals to move ahead of Matt Danowski on the goals chart. He is tied for 19th in NCAA history in points and 23rd in goals
Duke in Top 10 Matchups
The Blue Devils will be playing in their 81st top 10 game since 2007 this Saturday when they travel to No. 6 Loyola. Duke is 48-32 overall in top 10 matchups under head coach John Danowski and 2-1 against Loyola when both teams are in the top 10. The last time Duke and Loyola were top 10 foes was just in 2016 when the seventh-ranked Blue Devils bested the No. 9 Greyhounds 15-6 at Ridley Athletic Complex. This will be the 18th top-10 matchup for the Duke seniors. They are 8-9 in the previous 17 games and 3-1 when playing as the higher ranked team.
Loyola – Duke Top 10 Matchup
|Date||Duke Rank||Loyola Rank||Result|
|May||12, 2013||4||9||W, 12-11 (2OT)|
|March||9, 2014||4||5||L, 7-14|
|March||12, 2016||7||9||W, 15-6|
Duke Offense Returns to Form
One week after managing just nine goals in 60 minutes, the Duke offense was firing on all cylinders with 14 goals on 36 shots (.388 shot percentage). The Blue Devils have scored at least 14 goals in five of six games this season and lead the nation in scoring offense (15.50), points per game (23.67) and shot percentage (.427). Spearheading the group is Guterding who is atop the rankings in goals per game (3.83) and points per game (7.33) and is fourth in assists per game (3.50). Rookie Joe Robertson has 22 points to complement Guterding. Robertson is 28th nationally in goals per game as Duke is one of three programs to have two players rank in the top 28 in goals – Sacred Heart and Georgetown are the other two.
Duke Defense Stands Tall
After giving up 22 goals in two games, the Duke defense found its footing again in the win over Richmond. The Blue Devils allowed just four goals in the game and held Richmond scoreless in the second and fourth quarters. Duke also continued the trend of holding its opponent scoreless for at least 15 minutes during the game. The two 20-plus scoreless stretches for the Spiders were the longest for a Duke opponent this season.
Statistical Look at Duke – Loyola Matchup
On paper the Blue Devils and Greyhounds are an even matchup, leading one to believe the game will be decided by one or two goals. Both squads feature a top 10 scoring offense and a top 10 scoring defense. Duke has a star attackman in Justin Guterding (7.33 pts/gm) and Loyola has a standout talent in junior Pat Spencer (5.40 pts/gm) leading its offense.
At the faceoff X, Duke and Loyola both have struggled at times and are currently below a .500 win percentage - .410 for Duke and .443 for Loyola. In goal, it is a pair of veteran backstops in Duke’s Danny Fowler and Loyola’s Jacob Stover averaging just over seven saves per game.
This is not a new trend as the two squads regularly have been a close matchup statistically, however none of the past five outings have been decided by fewer than five goals. The average margin of victory in the past five meetings is seven. Overall, seven of the 31 games have been decided by a single goal with Duke going 5-2. Time will tell to see if this trend continues.
Blue Devils Begin Road Swing
Duke kicks off a three-game road swing, which includes two trips to Baltimore, this Saturday at Loyola. The Blue Devils return to Charm City against March 17 to play Towson before trekking northwest to Cleveland, Ohio for a March 18 faceoff against Cleveland State. The Blue Devils will cover 1,854 miles in the three-game stretch, playing three games in eight days.
Koskinen Stadium to Ridley Athletic Complex – 614 round trip
Koskinen Stadium to Johnny Unitas Stadium – 318 miles
Towson University to Cleveland State – Krenzler Field – 377 miles
Krenzler Field to Koskinen Stadium – 545 miles