No. 5 Duke (9-2, 1-1) at No. 10 Notre Dame (5-3, 1-1)
April 7, 2018 | 4 p.m. | ESPNU | WatchESPN
Arlotta Stadium | Notre Dame, Ind.
Setting the Scene
- Duke looks to pick up ACC win No. 2 and win No. 10 overall this Saturday at Notre Dame.
- The Blue Devils are 9-2 and ranked fifth after outlasting the Tar Heels last Friday.
- Notre Dame is 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the ACC. The Fighting Irish are coming off a 10-6 loss to Syracuse.
The Series History
- Duke and Notre Dame are meeting for the 22nd time overall with the Blue Devils holding a 13-8 lead. The two teams have met 15 times since 2010 and Duke is 8-7 in that span.
- This is the 13th top 10 matchup since 2010 between these teams and both squads have six wins apiece in that span.
Tale of the Tape
|EMO||12-20 (.600)||6-25 (.240)|
|Man Down||24-31 (.774)||10-19 (.526)|
|Clears||179-201 (.891)||131-144 (.910)|
|Faceoff %||132-274 (.482)||94-178 (.528)|
By the Numbers
7-6 – Duke’s record in regular season games against the Irish
2-6 – The Blue Devils in regular season matchups with Notre Dame since 2010
6-2 – Duke all-time postseason, both ACC and NCAA, mark versus the Fighting Irish
.774 – Duke’s man down defense percentage (24-of-31) this season, best in the ACC and 10th nationally
.613 – Joe Stein’s faceoff percentage since taking the reins March 3 against Richmond
304 – Career points for senior Justin Guterding, tied with Jordan Wolf for second on the Duke scoring chart
66 – Games it took Guterding to reach 300 points, four games faster than Matt Danowski’s 70
17-8 – Duke’s record in true road games since 2015
Looking at Duke
- Fifth-ranked Duke hits the road after a thrilling 11-10 win over rival North Carolina. The Blue Devils are 9-2 and looking for win No. 10 for the 12th straight season and for the 23rd time in program history.
- Senior attackman Justin Guterding, who recently joined the 300-point club, headlines one of the nation’s top offenses with 37 goals and 29 assists for 66 points. Rookie Joe Robertson complements him on attack with 32 points. In the midfield, junior Brad Smith has 37 points and graduate student Peter Conley has chipped in 27.
- Defensively, Duke has been outstanding in holding opponents to just 8.09 goals and only 28.9 shots per game. The Blue Devils have held opponents without a goal for 15-plus minutes 14 times this season. Cade Van Raaphorst and JT Giles-Harris anchor the close defense with 13 and 15 caused turnovers, respectively. In goal, Danny Fowler sports a 8.28 goals against average and a .553 save percentage.
- Joe Stein is the main draw man, sporting a .581 win percentage (75-of-129). Brian Smyth also has taken over 100 draws and is 53-of-126 (.421). They have 32 and 23 ground balls, respectively.
Last Time We Met
- Notre Dame scored a pair of goals in 24 seconds in the fourth quarter to hold off a last-minute charge from Duke in the ACC semifinals in Durham last April. The Blue Devils failed to score in the first half as the Fighting Irish built a 3-0 leat at the break.
- Duke tied the game 5-5 midway through the fourth quarter, but could never get over the hump for the lead. Justin Guterding led all scorers with four points, while Ryder Garnsey had three for Notre Dame. Danny Fowler made seven saves for Duke.
Scouting Notre Dame
- Notre Dame returns home with a 5-3 record after losing to Syracuse 10-6 in the Carrier Dome. The Irish are ranked 10th and are 1-1 in league action.
- Ryder Garnsey is the top scorer for an offense averaging 9.75 goals per game with 20 points. Bryan Costabile and Brendan Gleason have 19 points apiece.
- Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 9.12 goals per game and have allowed 10-plus goals in all three setbacks. John Sexton anchors the defense with 10 caused turnovers and 33 ground balls. Matt Schmidt mans the crease with a 8.79 goals against average and a .475 save percentage.
- At the faceoff X, John Travisano sports a .585 win percentage (86-of-147) record and has picked up 32 ground balls.
- Notre Dame has struggled on extra man, scoring on just 24 percent of its chances, ranking 61st of 71 teams nationally.
Duke in Top 10 Matchups
- The Blue Devils will be playing in their 82nd top 10 game since 2007 Saturday. Duke is 49-32 overall in top 10 matchups under head coach John Danowski.
- This will be the 19th top-10 matchup for the Duke seniors. They are 9-9 overall and 3-1 when ranked higher.
- Saturday’s game will be the 13th time since 2010 Duke and Notre Dame will face off as USILA top 10 foes. Duke is 6-6 in those games and 4-4 when ranked higher overall.
Blue Devils vs. Notre Dame
- This will be the seventh meeting against Notre Dame for a trio of Blue Devils and at least the third for 17 current players. Guterding is averaging only 2.8 points per game against the Irish, while Peter Conley had success against Notre Dame in his three meetings at Georgetown. He netted five goals and an assist versus the Irish in 2017.
|Peter Conley *||3||8||1||9||4||-||-|
|Cade Van Raaphorst||2||-||-||4||3||-|
* at Georgetown
A Win Over Notre Dame Would
- Be head coach John Danowski’s 393rd career win
- Be the program’s 563rd overall victory
- Make Duke 184-178 all-time in the month of April
Duke in the Month of April
- Duke is 183-178 (.507) all-time in the month of April. Since 2007, Duke is 43-12 (.782) and was 4-1 last season. The Blue Devils won 18 straight games in April from 2007-2010, ultimately losing in the ACC Semifinals in 2010. Duke last went undefeated in April in 2009, winning the ACC title.
Conley, Smith A Special Duo
- Graduate student Peter Conley and junior Brad Smith make quite the dynamic duo as two thirds of Duke’s first midfield. Smith paces the midfield group with 21 goals, while Conley has 20.
- Only 11 midfielders in Division I lacrosse have scored at least 20 goals and Duke is the only program with two players on the list.
- Deemer Class holds the Duke single-season goals record for a midfielder with 50 in 2016 – a feat only five other midfielders in NCAA history have reached.
Midfielders with 20 Goals
|Brent Noseworthy, Michigan||33|
|Max Tuttle, Sacred Heart||33|
|Dox Aitken, Virginia||27|
|Ian MacKay, Vermont||27|
|Griffin Brown, Colgate||25|
|Jay Drapeau, Loyola||24|
|Sean O’Brien, Bucknell||23|
|Connor Kelly, Maryland||22|
|Brad Smith, Duke||21|
|Jordan Dowiak, Cornell||21|
|Peter Conley, Duke||20|
Guterding in the Record Books
- Justin Guterding recently joined an elite club as the third Blue Devil and 13th Division I player to amass 300 career points. He currently ranks third at Duke and 11th in NCAA history in career points and is four points shy of moving into 10th in the NCAA records book. His 183 goals are 13th in NCAA history.
- If Guterding matches his 51 goals total from 2017 - he needs 14 more - he will finish with 197, good for third in the current NCAA history book. Zack Greer is the lone player in Division I lacrosse to score 200 career goals. Guterding needs 17 more to reach that mark and 23 to tie Greer’s 206. He has 37 through 11 games and has four regular season games remaining.
Stein Improving and Emerging at the X
- Rookie faceoff specialist Joe Stein is starting to make his name as Duke’s leading draw man. Since stepping up as the go-to guy against Richmond for an injured Brian Smyth, Stein has taken all but 12 of the faceoffs in the five games in which he played – he missed the Cleveland State contest due to illness – and sports a .613 success rate.
- He has won at least 50 percent of his restarts in four of the outings, coming up just short (6-of-14, .429) at Towson. His .613 win percentage in the past five games would rank second in the league and 13th nationally. Currently, at .581 overall he leads all rookies nationally, is tied for second in the ACC and ranks 18th among Division I faceoff specialists.
- Duke closes its ACC schedule April 14 at Virginia. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m., at Klöckner Stadium on ACC Network Extra.