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Blue Devils Continue to Build; Prep for No. 2 Loyola
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/04/2019
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Duke Defense Settles in After Richmond’s Fast Start

Richmond got off to a fast start Friday night with three goals in the first 2:18, but Duke settled in on the defensive end in allowing just four goals in the final 57:42 to come away with the 11-7 victory. The Blue Devils held the Spiders scoreless for a span of 27:29 after they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 2:18.

With Duke holding an 8-7 advantage heading into the final 15 minutes, the Blue Devils kept Richmond off the board in a 3-0 quarter to secure the 11-7 victory. Goaltender, David McCann made three saves in the final stanza and Duke forced four turnovers.

Overall, defensively the Blue Devils held Richmond to only four goals in the final 57:42. JT Giles-Harris and Cade Van Raaphorst were outstanding as the anchors in combining for five caused turnovers and seven ground balls.

Blue Devil Offense Starting to Gel

Duke’s pieces on offense are starting to fall into place as the season progresses. Brad Smith, making the move to attack from midfield, has a hat trick in each of his past two games and Joe Robertson continues his scoring trend of over four points per game.

Duke’s depth at midfield is shining through with all seven Blue Devils sporting at least five points on the year. Jake Seau is having the best season of his career with 13 points, while Reilly Walsh and Kevin Quigley complement him on the first line with nine and seven, respectively. Against Richmond, the Blue Devils received six of their 16 points from second midfielders – Nakeie Montgomery (2g), Cameron Badour (1g), Garrett Leadmon (1g, 1a), Sean Lowrie (1a).

In addition, Duke has done better in taking care of the ball, decreasing its turnovers each of the last two games after a season-high 22 against Denver.

 

Date Opponent Score G A Pts Sh Shot% SOG SOG% GB T/O
Feb 02 at Furman 17-9 17 7 24 50 .340 26 .520 35 18
Feb 06 HIGH POINT 9-13 9 5 14 41 .220 28 .683 29 18
Feb 09 at Jacksonville 15-8 15 9 24 36 .417 25 .694 41 21
Feb 16 DENVER 10-9 10 5 15 20 .500 12 .600 31 22
Feb 23 PENN 17-7 17 11 28 45 .378 28 .622 34 15
Mar 01 at Richmond 11-7 11 5 16 44 .250 22 .500 30 13

 

Defense Trending Up

After giving up 22 goals in the first two games, Duke’s defense has picked up its play as it gains familiarity and has let in only 31 goals in the past four games for a 7.75 goals allowed per game average. Featuring a new face in Jack Fowler on close defense and a new goaltender in Turner Uppgren, the Blue Devils continue to get better every game. Duke has held each of its past two opponents to seven goals and has only given up 10-plus once this season.

 

Date Opponent Score GA GAAvg* Saves Save% W L T Faced
Feb 02 at Furman 17-9 9 9.00 9 .500 1 0 0 32
Feb 06 HIGH POINT 9-13 13 11.00 10 .435 0 1 0 39
Feb 09 at Jacksonville 15-8 8 10.00 9 .529 1 0 0 28
Feb 16 DENVER 10-9 9 9.75 9 .500 1 0 0 34
Feb 23 PENN 17-7 7 9.21 8 .533 1 0 0 32
Mar 01 at Richmond 11-7 7 8.84 8 .533 1 0 0 30

* denotes season GAA

Robertson Streak Extended

Joe Robertson’s goal and point scoring streak moves to 17 games Friday night with three goals against the Spiders. The sophomore sealed the victory for Duke with the final two tallies in the 11-7 victory. He also provided the game-winning assist. Robertson has 20 goals and seven assists this season, approaching nearly half of what he had as a rookie in 20 games. His seven assists are just five shy of the 12 he had last season.

Prepping for Loyola

Duke continues its tough March slate Thursday night against No. 2 Loyola. The Blue Devils and Greyhounds face off at 7 p.m., on ESPNU. It will be Duke’s third ranked opponent and the second of five in the month, which includes current No. 1 Towson. It will be the 33rd meeting between the two program with Duke leading 20-12. The Blue Devils are 14-2 against the Greyhounds in Durham with the last loss coming in 2001.

It will be the fifth time the two teams will play when both are ranked in the top 10 and the second when both are in the top five. Loyola won the only top-five matchup in 2014 as the No. 5 Greyhounds bested No. 4 Duke 14-7 in Baltimore.

The March Gauntlet

We have turned the calendar to March, which ideally brings with it warmer temperatures, but certainly a ramped up schedule. The Blue Devils will play six games in the month and five of them will come against top 20 teams, including the current Nos. 1 and 2.

Date Opponent Rank Result/Time
Mar. 1 Richmond 16 W, 11-7
Mar. 7 Loyola 2 7 p.m.
Mar. 12 Utah NR 7 p.m.
Mar. 16 Towson 1 1 p.m.
Mar. 24 Syracuse 15 2 p.m.
Mar. 30 North Carolina 19 2 p.m.

What Gives?

Thursday night’s matchup features one of the stronger defensive units on paper in the Blue Devils and one of the nation’s top offensive team in Loyola. Duke is allowing just 8.83 goals per game to rank seventh nationally, while the Greyhounds are scoring an impressive 15.40 goals per game. Loyola has scored at least 10 goals in all five games this season, while the Blue Devils have allowed double digit goals just once in the loss to High Point.  

PLL Rosters Announced

The Premier Lacrosse League, which is making its debut June 1, announced its rosters Monday, March 4. Eleven former Blue Devils are spread across two teams in Chrome LC and Chaos LC. The majority – nine in all – will don the Chrome jersey, while Deemer Class and Myles Jones will suit up for Chaos LC. The league will ultimately play over the course of 14 weekends across 12 different cities and a television deal with NBC Sports will help grow the popularity of the league. For more information about the league visit: https://www.premierlacrosseleague.com/.

 

Chrome LC

Chaos LC

Luke Duprey – D

Deemer Class - M

Michael Manley – D

Myles Jones - M

Justin Turri – M

Patrick Resch - M

Will Haus – M

 

Ned Crotty – M

 

Matt Danowski – M

 

Jordan Wolf – A

 

Justin Guterding – A

 

Brendan Fowler – FO

 

 

 

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