No. 6 Duke (9-3, 1-2) vs. No. 4 Virginia (9-2, 3-0)
April 13, 2019 | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Koskinen Stadium | Durham, N.C.
- Duke University’s Reunion Weekend runs from April 12-14 so fans can expect increased traffic on the roads and foot traffic on campus. Parking will be available for the game in both the grounds lot off of Frank Bassett Drive as well as the Science Drive Garage.
- Durham suffered a tragedy Wednesday when there was an explosion downtown. It deeply affected the Durham community, but the efforts of all first responders was exceptional and saved lives. In honor of them, admission to all first responders and their families is free Saturday with identification.
- The gates will be open starting at 10:30 am and KIND ® will be handing out samples and Napoli and Corner Boys BBQ food trucks will be on site with food for purchase from 10:30-1:30 p.m.
Setting the Scene
- Duke looks to continue its six-game home win streak this weekend against No. 4 Virginia. The Blue Devils are 6-1 in Durham this season and sport a 1-2 overall conference record.
- Duke stayed put at No. 6 in the coaches’ poll, while Virginia is No. 4, marking the Blue Devils’ fourth top-five opponent this season.
The Series History
- Duke and Virginia meet for the 83rd time in the series history and for the 18th time since 2007. The Blue Devils trail 50-32 in the overall series but have dominated it in the past 12 seasons with a 17-1 record.
- The Blue Devils have won 10 straight games dating back to the overtime loss in the ACC Tournament in 2010. The last time Duke lost to Virginia in regular season play was a 13-4 setback in 2004 - assistant coach Matt Danowski’s freshman season.
By the Numbers
23 – Consecutive games Joe Robertson has scored a point
17-1 – Duke’s record against Virginia since 2007
3-0 – The Blue Devils’ record against top-five opponents in 2019
5,474 – Days since Virginia has beaten Duke in regular season play
107-18 – Duke’s record at home under head coach John Danowski
9.00 – Duke’s scoring defense, the best in the ACC and ranking fifth nationally
13.36 – Virginia’s scoring offense, ninth nationally and the best in the ACC
155 – Career points for Brad Smith, ranking second among players in the ACC and 17th overall among active Divison I players
1 – Times in 11 games Virginia has failed to score at least 10 goals
4 – Times in 12 games Duke has allowed 10-plus goals, going 2-2 in those outings
35-6 – Duke’s record in regular season games in April since 2007
46.4 – Shots per game average for Virginia in 2019
32.8 – Duke’s opponents’ shots per game average this season
Last Time Out
- A trio of Blue Devils registered five points as sixth-ranked Duke used a six-goal second quarter to run to a 14-8 win over No. 9 Notre Dame last Saturday.
- Joe Robertson, Nakeie Montgomery and Brad Smith all had five points, while Sean Lowrie contributed a hat trick and CJ Carpenter tallied a career-best four points. Duke dished out 10 assists on 14 goals.
- Trailing 3-1 after the first quarter, Duke outscored the Irish 13-5 in the final three quarters. Turner Uppgren finished with nine saves.
The Last Time We Met
- Justin Guterding had nine points from four goals and five assists to lead the third-ranked Blue Devils to an 18-13 victory over No. 10 Virginia at Klöckner Stadium.
- The first half featured 17 goals with both teams getting up and down the field. Guterding posted six (2g, 4a) of his nine points in the opening half to put Duke ahead 11-6 at halftime.
- Virginia scored five unanswered in the third to pull within one, 12-11. Michael Kraus spearheaded the run with two goals and two assists. Brian Smyth answered with a goal to make it a two-goal game and then Duke scored five goals in a 4:04 span to pull away 18-11.
Looking at Duke
- Duke rebounded with a commanding 14-8 victory over Notre Dame last weekend. The win ended the Blue Devils’ two-game skid and gave them their first ACC triumph.
- Joe Robertson and Brad Smith pace the offense with 44 and 37 points, respectively. Robertson has a team-best 30 goals and Smith a squad-leading 19 assists. Joey Manown has 20 goals and Nakeie Montgomery leads the midfield with 13 goals and 20 points.
- 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 a first-year starter. Van Raaphorst has 31 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers, while Giles-Harris has 26 and 21, respectively. They have been matchup nightmares for opponents all season. Van Raaphorst also has a goal and two assists on the season.
- Brian Smyth is the leader at the X with a 119-210 (.567) record. He has picked up ground balls on 76 of his 108 wins and owns two goals.
- In goal, senior Turner Uppgren is the starter and owns a 9.15 goals against average and a .503 save percentage. Against ACC foes, Uppgren sports an 8.84 goals against average and a .571 save percentage.
- Virginia comes to Durham riding an eight-game win streak and having clinched the top seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament. The Cavaliers are 3-0 against league foes with the three victories coming by a total of four goals. Virginia’s two losses are against Loyola and High Point.
- One of the most talented offense in the league, Virginia is led by Michael Kraus' 29 goals and 51 points. Matt Moore has 46 points from 24 goals and 22 assists, while Ian Laviano has 31 goals. The Cavaliers are averaging 13.36 goals per game this season and haven't been held under 10 goals in the season-opening loss at Loyola.
- Defensively, Jared Conners is the top takeaway man with 21 caused turnovers. Locan Greco has 13 and Kyle Kology has 12. All three have at least 20 ground balls as well. Virginia is allowing 11.09 goals per game and has given up at least 10 goals in eight of the 11 games. In goal, Alex Rode has played the majority of minutes and owns a 10.97 goals against average and a .489 save percentage.
- Petey LaSalla is the draw man, winning 123-of-206 (.597) faceoffs and picking up 55 ground balls. Justin Schwenk has taken 83 draws and owns 35 wins.
Closer Look at Duke vs. UVA Since 2007
- If you like to see a lot of goals then Duke versus Virginia lacrosse is the game for you. Since 2010, the two teams have combined for 449 goals in 18 games for a 23.6 per game average. In the past four meetings, the squads have scored 106 combined goals for a 26.5 per game average. The highwater mark game was a 19-16 victory in Durham in 2013.
- Since 2007 Duke has failed to score at least 10 goals once, which was a 7-6 overtime win in 2007. Overall, both teams have tallied double digit scores in 10 of the 18 games.
- Duke has not only dominated the series 17-1 since 2007, it has done so convincingly. The Blue Devils’ average margin of victory in the 17 wins is 5.2 goals. Since 2015 it is seven goals per game. Five times since 2007 has the game been decided by two or fewer goals.
- The Blue Devils hit the road next weekend for the Battle at Bethpage versus Marquette. Faceoff with the Golden Eagles is set for 11 a.m., at Bethpage High School.