No. 3 Duke (10-2, 2-1) vs. No. 10 Virginia (9-3, 1-2)
April 14, 2018 | 1 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Charlottesville, Va. | Klöckner Stadium
Setting the Scene
- Duke looks to secure a spot in the ACC Tournament Saturday when it travels to Charlottesville to take on No. 10 Virginia.
- The Blue Devils are 10-2 and ranked third after cruising past Notre Dame last weekend.
- Virginia is 9-3 overall and 1-2 in the ACC. The Cavaliers are coming off of a 15-12 win over North Carolina, their first ACC win since March 1, 2014.
The Series History
- Duke and Virginia are meeting for the 82nd time with the Cavaliers holding a 50-31 lead in the series.
- The Blue Devils have won 16 of the previous 17 games against Virginia and every regular season contest since 2004.
- Saturday’s game is the first time both teams have been ranked in the top 10 since 2015.
Tale of the Tape
|EMO||13-22 (.591)||12-35 (.343)|
|Man Down||27-34 (.794)||19-48 (.604)|
|Clears||193-218 (.885)||191-226 (.845)|
|Faceoff %||137-287 (.477)||190-324 (.586)|
By the Numbers
16-1 – Duke’s record against Virginia under head coach John Danowski
5.25 – The Blue Devils’ average margin of victory in the 16 previous wins
24.6 – Averaged number of combined goals scored per game between Duke and Virginia in games since 2007
.794 – Duke’s man down defense percentage (27-of-34) this season, best in the ACC and fifth nationally
.591 – Duke’s man up offense percentage (13-of-22), first in the league and third nationally
13.08 – Virginia’s scoring offense, second in the ACC and sixth nationally
7.58 – Duke’s scoring defense, first in the league and fourth among Division I programs
306 – Career points for senior Justin Guterding, second on the Duke scoring chart and 11th in NCAA history
2 – Points needed by Justin Guterding to become the first Blue Devil to score 70 points in all four of his seasons
Looking at Duke
- Duke moved up into a tie for third with previous No. 1 Albany in the latest USILA Coaches’ Poll. The Blue Devils are 10-2 overall and 2-1 in league action.
- Senior attackman Justin Guterding, who recently took over sole possession of second on the career points and goals charts at Duke, headlines one of the nation’s top offenses with 39 goals and 29 assists for 68 points. Rookie Joe Robertson complements him on attack with 33 points. In the midfield, junior Brad Smith has 38 points and graduate student Peter Conley has chipped in 28.
- Defensively, Duke has been outstanding in holding opponents to just 7.58 goals and only 28.6 shots per game. The Blue Devils have held opponents without a goal for 15-plus minutes 16 times this season. Cade Van Raaphorst and JT Giles-Harris anchor the close defense with 14 and 16 caused turnovers, respectively. In goal, Danny Fowler sports a 7.66 goals against average and a .557 save percentage.
- Joe Stein and Brian Smyth are sharing duties at the faceoff X. Stein is 75-of-132 (568), while Smyth also is 58-of-136 (.426). They have 32 and 27 ground balls, respectively.
Last Time We Met
- Attackmen Jack Bruckner and Justin Guterding combined for 12 goals and six assists as No. 9 Duke celebrated Senior Day at Koskinen Stadium with a 20-11 victory over No. 19 Virginia last season.
- Bruckner finished the day with six goals and two assists while Guterding logged six tallies and four helpers to match his career-high 10 points. Also posting multiple point totals for the Blue Devils were CJ Carpenter (2 goals), Matthew Giampetroni (1 goal & 1 assist), Sean Lowrie (2 assists), Mitch Russell (1 goal & 1 assist), Brad Smith (2 assists) and Reilly Walsh (1 goal & 1 assist).
- Duke jumped out to a 6-0 lead and led 10-2 at the half. Danny Fowler finished with 11 saves and Kyle Rowe won 15-of-26 draws and had eight ground balls.
Duke’s Dominance Over Virginia
- Since 2007, Duke has displayed a somewhat inexplicable dominance over Virginia. The Blue Devils are 16-1 against the Cavaliers under head coach John Danowski, with the lone loss coming in the 2010 ACC Semifinal.
- Eight of the 16 wins have come by at least five goals with the average margin of victory overall being 5.25 goals. Duke has not lost to Virginia in the regular season since April 17, 2004.
- Saturday’s matchup features Virginia’s talented offense versus Duke’s stalwart defense. The Cavaliers feature the nation’s No. 6 offense, averaging 13.08 goals per game. On the other side of the ball, Duke sports Division I’s No. 4-ranked defense. The Blue Devils are allowing just 7.58 goals per game and have allowed opponents double digit goals in only four of the 12 games. Virginia, meanwhile, has scored double digits in 10 of its 12 games.
- If history is any indication Saturday will be high scoring as the combined scoring average in the series since 2007 is 24.6 goals.
- Virginia ended its ACC losing streak this past Saturday with a 15-12 win at North Carolina. The Cavaliers are 10th in the most recent coaches poll and 9-3 overall on the year.
- Michael Kraus paces the offense with 32 goals and 27 assists for 59 points, while midfielder Dox Aitken has 29 tallies and 36 points overall. The Cavaliers are averaging 13.08 goals per game and an impressive 40.1 shots per game. They have been held under 10 goals twice this season.
- Defensively, Virginia is allowing 10.83 goals per game to rank fourth in the ACC and 46th nationally. The Cavaliers have given up 10-plus goals in eight of their 12 outings. Scott Hooper is the top takeaway man with 20 caused turnovers, while Will Rock has 14. Jared Connors paces the non-faceoff specialists with 40 ground balls.
- At the faceoff X, Justin Schwenk has taken all but 36 draws and sports a 61 percent success rate (174-of-286). He has 72 ground balls to his name.
- In goal, Griffin Thompson and Alex Rode have split time. Thompson is 4-0 with a 9.81 goals against average and a .506 save percentage. Rode is 5-3 and has an 11.33 goals against average and .519 save percentage.
Blue Devils vs. Virginia
- Only Justin Guterding and Greg Pelton have played in the previous three games against Virginia. Guterding has nine goals and nine assists for 18 points. Danny Fowler is allowing nine goals per game and saving 61 percent of shots faced.
|Cade Van Raaphorst||1||-||-||-||1||-||-|
A Win over Virginia Would
- Be head coach John Danowski’s 394th career win
- Be the program’s 564th overall victory
- Make Duke 185-178 all-time in the month of April
- Duke returns home to host Marquette April 20. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m., on ACC Network Extra.