Duke Grabs Win No. 10
The Blue Devils traveled to No. 10 Notre Dame and came away with win No. 10, besting the Fighting Irish 8-2. Duke held its opponent scoreless in the second half, while the two goals allowed were the fewest allowed in an ACC game since a 17-2 win over Virginia in 2005. Justin Guterding and Sean Lowrie both had two goals apiece and four other Blue Devils notched single tallies. Danny Fowler made four saves on six shots on goal as Cade Van Raaphorst kept top scorer Ryder Garnsey quiet. Duke did not allow a shot on goal in the third quarter and its man-down defense was outstanding in holding the Irish scoreless on three extra-man opportunities. It marks the 12th straight season with at least 10 wins and the 21st time in program history.
More Weekly Honors for the Blue Devils
Cade Van Raaphorst garnered his first ACC Defensive Player of the Week award following his shutdown performance of Ryder Garnsey last weekend. Meanwhile, senior Peter Welch picked up his first career award in being named to the USILA Team of the Week. Welch matched his career high with three caused turnovers and scooped two ground balls as a long stick midfielder. His defensive efforts were crucial in keeping Notre Dame to the two goals.
Guterding Passes Wolf in Points and Goals
With two goals this past Saturday, senior attackman Justin Guterding moved past Jordan Wolf on both the Duke career goals and points lists. Guterding pushed his points total to 306, 50 behind Matt Danowski’s record, and his goals mark to 185, which is 21 behind Zack Greer’s NCAA mark of 206. Guterding ranks 11th in NCAA history in points and is three points from moving into the top 10. His goals total also are 10th in Division I history and needs four to take over a top 10 spot. He is one of four Blue Devils – Zack Greer (206), Max Quinzani (199), Guterding (185) and Wolf (184) – among the top 15 career goal scorers.
Quigley Ends Drought
Sophomore midfielder Kevin Quigley ended his five-game scoreless streak at Notre Dame, netting a goal with one second left in the opening quarter. His tally proved to be the game winner and marked his first goal since Feb. 24 at Penn. The New Jersey native earned his first start of the year and has seven goals and two assists on the year.
Duke Holds One-Two Punch at the X
The Blue Devils are developing a special one-two punch at the faceoff X in Brian Smyth and Joe Stein. They have combined to go 133-of-268 (.496) overall and 56 percent (85-of-152) in the past seven games. Smyth has taken 136 draws, winning 58 (.426), while Stein has taken 132 and won 75 (.568). The rookie Stein has been the top draw man in the recent games, but Smyth has stepped up and come on strong off the bench in Duke’s previous two outings.
Against UNC, Smyth won 4-of-5 to help the Blue Devils to the one-goal victory and spell a busy Stein who went 13-of-19 at the X. This past weekend, Stein struggled in the early going against the Irish, but Smyth stepped in and won 5-of-10. Duke is one of three Division I programs – Ohio State and Sacred Heart being the two others – to have two faceoff specialists who have taken at least 40 percent of the team’s faceoffs and ranking in the top 65, giving the Blue Devils a dual threat against opponents.
Danowski Inching Closer to 400
Head coach John Danowski picked up his 393rd career victory this past weekend. The Division I all-time wins leader, Danowski needs seven victories to become the first Division I coach and the third in all of NCAA lacrosse to reach the 400-wins mark. He currently sits at 174 wins at Duke, needing one to grab his 175th. He is one of five NCAA coaches and two active who owns 100-plus victories at two schools.
Fowler’s Goals Against Average Creeps Under 8
Duke goalie Danny Fowler’s goals against average has creeped under the eight mark thanks to holding Notre Dame to just two scores last weekend. His 7.66 goals against average is the lowest in his career, with the exception of sporting a 6.52 average after the 2016 season opener against High Point. Last season heading into the game against the Cavaliers, Fowler had an 8.56 goals against average.
Duke Closes ACC Slate at No. 10 Virginia
Saturday’s game in Charlottesville will be the highest ranked Virginia team Duke has played since the Cavaliers were sixth in the 2015 poll. It will be the 16th time since 2007 the two teams have met as top 10 programs. Duke is 14-1 in those games and 6-0 when ranked ahead of Virginia.
|Year||Duke Rank||UVA Rank||Result|
|2007||4||3||W, 7-6 (OT)|
|2007 +||2||3||W, 12-9|
|2008 +||2||3||W, 11-9|
|2009 +||6||1||W, 16-5|
|2010 +||4||2||L, 12-16|
|2010 %||5||1||W, 14-13|
|2011 +||6||10||W, 19-10|
2 Weeks, 2 Games, 2 Styles; 1 Outcome
The Blue Devils are coming off of a traditionally low-scoring matchup with Notre Dame and headed to Virginia for is bound to be end-to-end action. Duke was patient and methodical on offense while trying to break down the Fighting Irish defense, firing just 23 shots, the lowest all season. On the other side of, only once under head coach John Danowski has Duke scored fewer than 10 goals against Virginia, a 7-6 overtime win in 2007. In fact, in the past 17 meetings between the two teams they are combining for 24.6 goals in a game. Duke and Notre Dame have combined for 17.1 goals per game on average in the past 16 outings and scored single digits in eight of those.