No. 6 Duke (4-1) at No. 16 Richmond (3-1)
March 1, 2019 | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Robins Stadium | Richmond, Va.
About the Game
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- Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth 12-and-under. They can be purchased online through Richmond.
Setting the Scene
- Duke faces a tough road test Friday night at No. 16 Richmond. The Spiders are coming off of a 9-8 upset victory over Notre Dame, while the Blue Devils enter game six after a commanding 17-7 win against Penn.
- The Blue Devils dropped to No. 6 in both the USILA and Inside Lacrosse polls following the win coupled with other results from the weekend.
- Friday’s game will be the first of five ranked opponents Duke will face in March.
The Series History
- Duke and Richmond are meeting for the fourth time. The Blue Devils have the narrow 2-1 edge after the Spiders upset Duke in the first meeting in 2016.
- Duke won the most recent meeting in Durham 14-4 and escaped Richmond with a 9-8 victory in 2017.
Tale of the Tape
|EMO||3-14 (.214)||6-9 (.667)|
|Man Down||10-14 (.714)||10-15 (.667)|
|Clears||81-107 (.757)||76-86 (.884)|
|Faceoff %||78-131 (.595)||37-104 (.356)|
By the Numbers
15 – Career hat tricks in Joe Robertson’s 25 career games after netting four tallies against Denver
.595 – Duke’s faceoff win percentage in 2019, ranking second in the ACC and 15th nationally
.356 – Richmond’s faceoff percentage in 2019, 68th of 69 nationally
4.25 – Goals per game for Richmond’s Ryan Lanchbury, ranking seventh nationally
129 – Career points for Brad Smith, ranking 17th among active players
16 – Goal scoring streak for Joe Robertson, ranking 10th among Division I players
16 – Points for junior attackman Joey Manown in his four games, over halfway to his total of 26 in 20 games last season
17 – Points needed for sophomore Joe Robertson to become the 46th Blue Devil to amass 100 career points.
.667 – Richmond’s man-up success rate, the best in the country
.214 – Duke’s man-up percentage, 57th of 69 teams
Facing a Former Blue Devil
- For the second consecutive week, Duke will face a former Blue Devil on the other sideline in Richmond head coach Dan Chemotti. A 2002 graduate of Duke, Chemotti played four seasons with the Blue Devils, helping Duke to a 43-21 record, consecutive ACC Championships in 2001 and 2002 and four NCAA Tournament bids.
- Chemotti is in his sixth season as the head coach at Richmond after helping Loyola win its first NCAA title as the Greyhounds’ offensive coordinator.
Last Time Out
- Duke scored eight first-quarter goals and never looked back en route to a 17-7 victory over Penn Saturday. Joe Robertson and Brad Smith led all scorers with six points apiece.
- Penn managed three goals in the first half, but the Blue Devils held the Quakers off the scoreboard from 8:02 in the second until 59 seconds left in the third - a span of 22:03. Duke tacked on four goals on that span for the 14-3 lead.
- Overall, three Blue Devils had hat tricks, including Jake Seau posting the first of his career, and Joey Manown adding two goals and two assists.
- The starting close defense unit of Jack Fowler, JT Giles-Harris and Cade Van Raaphorst combined for six caused turnovers and six ground balls in keeping Penn to only seven goals. Turner Uppgren made six saves in goal.
Last Time We Met
- Justin Guterding scored six goals and eight points overall and goalkeeper Danny Fowler made 10 saves to lead No. 3 Duke to a 14-4 win over Richmond in Koskinen Stadium last season.
- After trailing 2-1 at the end of one period, the Blue Devils outscored Richmond by an 8-0 count in the second frame to take control of the game.
- In the pivotal second quarter, Guterding scored four consecutive goals in a span of 2:30, while the Duke defense forced eight Spider turnovers, limited Richmond to just four shots and successfully thwarted one man-advantage opportunity.
- Joe Robertson and Peter Conley complemented Guterding’s performance – which included two assists – with three and two goals, respectively, while Joey Manown chipped in one goal and two assists.
Looking at Duke
- Duke, dropped to sixth this week after beating Penn, enters Friday’s non-conference matchup with a 4-1 record. The Blue Devils are led offensively by sophomore Joe Robertson’s 17 goals and six assists. Joey Manown has 10 goals and 16 points overall. Jake Seau has nine goals and 12 points to lead the midfield.
- Senior Brad Smith is playing attack after playing midfield in his three previous seasons and has four goals and seven assists.
- On defense, the duo of All-Americans Cade Van Raaphorst and JT Giles-Harris anchor the close defense along with senior Jack Fowler who is starting for the first time in his career. Van Raaphorst has 12 ground balls and nine caused turnovers, while Giles-Harris has 10 and eight, respectively.
- Brian Smyth has been solid at the X with a 65-102 (.637) record. He has picked up ground balls on 41 of his 65 wins and owns two goals.
- In goal, senior Turner Uppgren is the starter and owns a 9.08 goals against average and a .482 save percentage.
- Richmond welcomes the Blue Devils Friday night ranked 16th in the coaches’ poll after a 9-8 win over then No. 6 Notre Dame. The Spiders are 3-1 overall with the lone loss a 10-9 setback to No. 3 Maryland.
- Teddy Hatfield paces the offense with 10 goals and 20 points overall, while Ryan Lanchbury is the top goal scorer with 17 tallies. Richmond is averaging 12 goals per game and assisting on 63 percent of its markers.
- Sean Menges is the anchor on defense and garnered Southern Conference weekly honors following the wins over UMBC and Notre Dame. Menges drew the top assignment in both games, Against the Irish, he held Bryan Costabile to only two goals. Overall, in the two games, Menges had four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Richmond is allowing 10.25 goals per game this season.
- Ryan Murray takes the majority of faceoffs for the Spiders, winning 26-of-67 and picking up just six ground balls. In goal, Jack Rusbuldt has a 10.28 goals against average and a .514 save percentage.
Duke on the Road
- This year’s group of seniors will be playing its 23rd true road game Friday. The Blue Devils are 16-6 on the road over the past three-plus seasons for a .727 win percentage.
Uppgren Gaining Comfort Between the Pipes
- Senior goaltender Turner Uppgren entered the 2019 season as Duke’s starting goalie after having played in just 17 career games for a combined 207 minutes the previous three seasons.
- The Minnesota native made his first career start Feb. 2 at Furman and had seven saves and allowed nine goals. He stopped 10 shots in the 13-9 setback against High Point and has since started to hit his stride with posting at least a .500 save percentage in each of the past three games.
* Season goals against average
Robertson Point Streak
- Joe Robertson is riding a 16-game point and goal scoring streak dating back to March 24, 2018. He has been held without a point just once in his career and has 56 points in this 16-game run. His goal scoring streak currently ranks 10th among all Division I players.
Brad Smith Adapts to Attack
- Brad Smith became a household name for the Blue Devils in 2018, scoring 65 points as a member of the first midfield after totaling 53 his first two seasons combined.
- After three seasons in the midfield, Smith made the move to attack this season and continues to build his comfort level. He took a big step forward this past week against Penn with a career-high matching six points. In his three starts, Smith has four goals and seven assists, increasing his totals each game.
- The Blue Devils return home for ESPNU’s game of the week when they host current No. 1 Loyola. The game is set for Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m., on ESPNU.