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Game 19

NCAA Semifinal

No. 4 Duke vs. No. 1 Maryland

May 26, 2018 | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Foxborough, Mass. | Gillette Stadium


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Setting the Scene

  • Duke advanced to its 11th semifinal with a 14-9 win over Johns Hopkins in the quarterfinal.
  • The Blue Devils are 5-5 overall in NCAA semifinal games and 1-2 versus Maryland in those outings.
  • Maryland is the No. 1 seed and defeated Cornell and Robert Morris in the first two rounds.


The Series History

  • Duke and Maryland are meeting for the first time since 2014, the Terrapins’ last year in the ACC.
  • Maryland has dominated the series, going 60-19 overall. The Terrapins were 8-4 against the Blue Devils from 2007-14.
  • This will be the fifth NCAA Tournament meeting between the two with both squads owning two victories.

Tale of the Tape

Category Duke Maryland
Shots/Game 36.7 33.4
Goals/Game 13.78 11.88
Assists/Game 7.56 6.65
Points/Game 21.33 18.53
Shot % .375 .356
GAA 8.44 9.24
GBs/Game 31.22 25.89
EMO 17-34 (.500) 25-43 (.581)
Man Down 45-65 (.692) 39-50 (.780)
Clears 289-326 (.887) 229-257 (.891)
Faceoff % 237-459 (.516) 219-418 (.524)

By the Numbers

5 – Goals for rookie Nakeie Montgomery in his two NCAA Tournament games after registering just six in the previous 16 games

5-5 – Duke’s record in NCAA semifinal games

207 – Career goals for Justin Guterding, breaking Zack Greer’s NCAA record of 206

3 – NCAA Championships for both Duke and Maryland, two of eight teams to have multiple titles

.649 – Brian Smyth’s faceoff percentage in the past six games, in which he’s also added five goals and two assists

2004 – The last time a senior class at Duke had finished four years of eligibility without making a trip to the national semifinal

.754 – Duke’s faceoff win percentage in the NCAA Tournament

104 – Points for Guterding in 2018, breaking Jordan Wolf’s Duke record of 103

61 – Points for junior Brad Smith in 2018, eight more than he had his first two seasons combined

.466 – Maryland’s shooting percentage in the NCAA Tournament, scoring 27 goals on 58 shots


5 Blue Devils Earn all-America

  • Justin Guterding, Brad Smith and C sade Van Raaphorst garnered USILA first team accolades for the first time in their careers to highlight Duke’s five selections. JT Giles-Harris collected third team honors and Peter Conley honorable mention.
  • Duke’s three first-team picks are the most since having three in 2008. Van Raaphorst is the first close defenseman to earn the distinction since Casey Carroll in 2007.


Duke Returns to Championship Weekend

  • With the 14-9 win over Johns Hopkins, Duke returns to championship weekend for the first time since winning the title in 2014.
  • This marks the first trip for the Duke seniors, a distinction much discussed prior and during the season. The Blue Devils are the lone program to have every one of its senior classes advance to a national semifinal since 2004. Maryland, Johns Hopkins and Syracuse were all close, but all suffered droughts of more than four years at one point.


Duke, Danowski Aiming For NCAA Title 4

    • Duke, the winner of the 2010, 2013 and 2014 NCAA crowns, is one of eight programs to own multiple NCAA titles as it goes for No. 4 this weekend. Maryland also has three. Syracuse leads the way with 10.
    • Head coach John Danowski is one of four active coaches to own multiple NCAA titles. He is third among the group with three, while Bill Tierney of Denver leads the way with 7.
Team Championships Active Coaches
Syracuse 10 Bill Tierney 8
Johns Hopkins 9 John Desko 5
Princeton 6 John Danowski 3
North Carolina 5 Dave Pietramala 2
Virginia 5
Cornell 3
Duke 3
Maryland 3

NCAA Tournament Notes

  • Duke earned its 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 12th straight with a 13-3 overall record. The Blue Devils are one of four schools to have an active streak of 10 consecutive appearances.
  • The Blue Devils are 35-18 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The 35 wins are fifth among Division I teams. Duke is 5-5 in semifinal games overall and 4-4 under John Danowski.
  • Duke is seeded fourth for the second time program history. The Blue Devils also were seeded fourth in 1999, losing to Georgetown in the opening round.
  • Duke is 3-0 in overtime NCAA Tournament games and 2-0 under John Danowski.
  • Duke has won 29 of its past 38 NCAA playoff games. Three of the losses came against Johns Hopkins in the 2005 and 2007 title games and the 2008 semifinals and two against Ohio State.
  • Overall, the Blue Devils are 30-9 in NCAA action when scoring at least 10 goals and 1-9 when held to single digits.
  • Duke is one of nine schools with more tournament wins than postseason appearances (Cornell, Denver, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, North Carolina, Princeton, Syracuse & Virginia).
  • Duke’s 19 NCAA Tournament wins since 2010 are second behind Maryland’s 22.


Last Time We Met

  • The final ACC meeting between Duke and Maryland was a No. 1 vs. No. 3 matchup with the third-ranked Terrapins coming away with the 10-6 victory over the No. 1 Blue Devils. Maryland used a 7-0 run over a span of 27:46 to secure the win.
  • Jordan Wolf led Duke with two goals and an assist, while Josh Dionne chipped in two tallies. Luke Aaron anchored the defense with a career-high 15 saves.
  • Mike Chanenchuk led the charge for the Terps with five goals and six points.


Duke vs. Maryland Since 2007

  • Sunday will mark the 10th time Duke and Maryland will face off both ranked in the top 10 and just the fourth time as top five squads in modern history. The Terrapins enter the matchup ranked frist in the most recent USILA poll. They are 2-1 when ranked higher with the most recent victory being a 10-9 triumph in the NCAA semifinal in 2008.
Date Duke Rank UMD Rank Result
3/2/07 2 6 W, 14-7
3/1/08 2 3 W, 15-7
2/28/09 10 11 L, 8-11
3/6/10 9 7 L, 10-11 (OT)
3/5/11 15 3 W, 9-8 (OT)
4/24/11 + 6 7 L, 9-11
5/28/11 % 6 8 L, 4-9
3/3/12 10 5 L, 7-10
4/20/12 + 7 8 W, 6-5
5/26/12 % 3 10 L, 10-16
3/2/13 19 1 L, 7-16
3/1/14 1 3 L, 6-10

+ ACC Tournament, % NCAA Tournament

Looking At Duke

  • Duke heads into the NCAA semifinals with a 15-3 overall record after beating Johns Hopkins. It is the ninth time since 2005 the Blue Devils have reached the 15-win mark.
  • Senior attackman Justin Guterding put his name at the top of the NCAA records book last weekend, scoring his 207th career goal to pass Zack Greer’s record 206. He leads the country in scoring with 61 goals and 43 assists for 104 points - a Duke single-season record. Rookie Joe Robertson complements him on attack with 54 points. In the midfield, junior Brad Smith has a career-best 61 points and graduate student Peter Conley has chipped in 35.
  • Defensively, Duke is holding opponents to 8.44 goals per game. Cade Van Raaphorst and JT Giles-Harris anchor the close defense with 18 and 20 caused turnovers, respectively. In goal, Danny Fowler sports a 8.40 goals against average and a .538 save percentage.
  • Joe Stein and Brian Smyth share duties at the faceoff X. Stein is 98-of-175 (.560), while Smyth is 132-of-250 (.528). They have 39 and 69 ground balls, respectively.

Scouting Maryland

  • Maryland advanced to its fifth straight semifinal with a 13-8 victory over Cornell Sunday. The Terrapins are 14-3 overall and are the nation’s top team.
  • Featuring the nation’s No. 9-ranked offense at 11.88 goals per game, Maryland is led by Connor Kelly’s 78 points from 45 goals and 33 assists. Jared Bernhardt has 54 points and Logan Wisnauskas 47. Overall, Maryland has just six double-digit point scorers in 2018.
  • On the defensive side of the ball, the Terrapins are allowing 9.24 goals per game and holding teams to .274 shooting percentage. Curtis Corley leads the way with 13 caused turnovers, while three other players have 11 apiece. In goal, Dan Morris has played all but eight minutes in goal and owns an 8.94 goals against average and a .529 save percentage.
  • Justin Shockey has taken the majority of faceoffs, winning 123-of-227 (.542). Austin Henningsen also has been key at the X, winning 91-of-176 draws (.517). Maryland has won at least 50 percent of the faceoffs in eight games this year. Johns Hopkins, Duke’s most recent opponent, won the faceoff battle with its Big Ten rival in both outings this season.


In Common

  • Duke and Maryland share six common opponents. The Blue Devils went 5-2, playing Notre Dame twice, while the Terrapins were 6-1 and played Johns Hopkins twice.
Opponent Duke Maryland
Johns Hopkins W, 14-19 L, 10-13/W, 8-7 (3OT)
North Carolina W, 11-10 W, 11-7
Villanova W, 13-8 W, 13-11
Notre Dame W, 8-2/L, 11-14 W, 12-10
Penn L, 9-10 W, 13-6
High Point W, 18-6 W, 16-14