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Game 15 | ACC Semifinals

No. 3 Duke (11-3) vs. No. 11 Notre Dame (7-5)

April 27, 2019 | 4:30 p.m. | ESPNU

UNC Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium | Chapel Hill, N.C.


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Setting the Scene

  • Duke enters the ACC Championship as the No. 2 seed after going 2-2 in conference play. The Blue Devils won the tiebreak between Notre Dame and Syracuse, which also finished 2-2, based on their win over Virginia.
  • Duke closed out the regular season with an 11-3 record after escaping against Marquette with a 10-9 overtime victory. The team stayed put at No. 3 in the rankings.


The Series History

  • Duke and Notre Dame are meeting for the 24th time overall and for the fifth straight season in the ACC Championship. The Blue Devils hold a 14-9 edge in the overall series, while each team has two wins in ACC Tournament play.
  • Notre Dame has won each of the past two ACC Tournament games after the Blue Devils garnered the regular season victories in both 2017 and 2018.


By the Numbers


25 – Consecutive games Joe Robertson has scored a point


4 – Previous ACC Tournament meetings between Duke and Notre Dame


22-22 – Duke’s all-time ACC Tournament Record


10 – Points for senior CJ Carpenter in the past three games


10 – Points scored by CJ Carpenter in his previous 24 contests


8.86 – Duke’s scoring defense, the best in the ACC and ranking third nationally


23 – Goals allowed by Duke in the third quarter this season for a 1.6 per game average


48 – Goals scored by the Blue Devils in the third quarter


15 – Ground balls in the past two games for Cade Van Raaphorst, one fewer than the 16 in the six games prior


81 – Assists for Brad Smith, ranking 13th in Duke history, 10th among active Division I players and the most among active midfielders


7 – ACC Championships won by Duke with the last being in 2012


7.87 – Turner Uppgren’s goals against average in the past three games


.571  – Uppgren’s save percentage in games played this month


The Last Time We Met

  • 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 in the regular season.
  • 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.
  • In goal, Duke’s Turner Uppgren finished with nine saves, including a couple right on the crease. The eight goals scored by Notre Dame were tied for the lowest by the Irish all season, while the six goals scored by Duke in the second period were the most Notre Dame has allowed in a quarter all year.


Duke in the ACC Tournament

  • The Blue Devils enter the tournament looking for their eighth ACC Tournament title and first since 2012. Duke is the No. 2 seed for the third straight season and for the ninth time overall. 
  • It is the fifth straight season Duke and Notre Dame will square off in the semifinal with both teams winning twice. The Irish have won each of the past two contests, including last season’s 14-11 victory in Charlottesville en route to the 2018 ACC title.
    • All-time ACC Tournament Record: 22-22
    • ACC Titles: 7 | 1995, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012
    • Semifinals Record: 15-14
    • Record as No. 2 seed: 7-5
    • Record under Danowski: 11-8


Regular Season Revenge

  • The Blue Devils and Irish are meeting in the ACC semifinals for the fifth straight season with both teams winning twice.
  • Notre Dame has won the past two ACC Tournament matchups after losing in the regular season to Duke. In 2015 and 2016, the Blue Devils lost to the Irish in the regular season only to avenge those setbacks in the ACC Championship.
  • The average margin of victory in the four meetings is 2.5 goals per game. Two of the contests have been decided by a single goal and only one by more than three tallies.


Looking at Duke

  • Duke closed the regular season with an 11-3 record after beating Marquette in overtime. The Blue Devils remained at No. 3 in the national rankings and No. 2 in the RPI.
  • Joe Robertson and Brad Smith pace the offense with 49 and 43 points, respectively. Robertson has a team-best 34 goals and Smith a squad-leading 21 assists. Joey Manown has 21 goals and Nakeie Montgomery is a leader in the midfield with 16 goals and 26 points.
  • On defense, the duo of All-ACC picks 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 46 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers, while Giles-Harris has 32 and 23, respectively. They have been matchup nightmares for opponents all season. Van Raaphorst also has a goal and two assists.
  • Brian Smyth is the leader at the X with a 132-240 (.550) record. He has picked up ground balls on 84 of his 132 wins and owns two goals and two assists. 
  • In goal, senior Turner Uppgren is the starter and owns an 8.93 goals against average and a .517 save percentage. In the past five games, Uppgren sports an 8.42 GAA and a .578 save percentage.


Scouting Notre Dame

  • Notre Dame earned the No. 3 seed after beating North Carolina 12-10 last weekend. The Irish are 7-5 overall, ranked 11th and are looking for their first back-to-back wins since March 3 and March 9. Notre Dame is 2-3 away from Arlotta Stadium this season.
  • All-ACC picks Bryan Costabile and Brendan Gleason pace the offense with a combined 67 points. Costabile is the top goal scorer with 31 and has 34 points overall, while Gleason has 23 goals and 10 assists. Brian Willetts is right behind them with 30 points. Notre Dame is averaging 11.58 goals per game and has been held under 10 goals by Duke, Cornell and Richmond.
  • Defensively, the Irish are allowing 9.92 goals per game and have only held five of their 12 opponents to single digit goals this season. Arden Cohen is the anchor with 37 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers. Hugh Crance has 13 takeaways and 21 ground balls. In goal, Jack Zullo got the most recent start against North Carolina and sports a 9.94 goals against average and a .518 save percentage. Matt Schmidt has played more minutes, owning a 9.89 goals against average and a .463 save percentage. 
  • Faceoff specialist Charles Leonard garnered All-ACC accolades after leading the league with 162 faceoff victories. He sports a .591 win percentage at the X and has picked up 78 ground balls.


D-Middies Doing the Dirty Work

  • Along with an outstanding close defense, Duke’s short stick defensive midfielders are pretty impressive themselves. The quartet of Jack Falk, Blake Leischow, Terry Lindsay and John Prendergast has been tough to beat this season, combining for 22 caused turnovers and 45 ground balls.
  • Leischow has played in all 14 games this season after playing 15 last year. The junior has five caused turnovers, three more than he had all of last season, while Lindsay has one more than he did in 20 games in 2018. Falk, a transfer from Virginia, already has a career-best four caused turnovers this season, matching his total from his 32 games as a Cavalier.


C ‘Just In Time’ Carpenter

  • Senior attackman CJ Carpenter has come through with clutch plays in the past two outings. After scoring nine points in his first nine games of the year, Carpenter has six in the past two. All of his points have come late in the third and fourth quarters to help Duke to victory over Virginia and Marquette.
  • Versus Virginia, Carpenter sparked Duke’s 7-1 run to close the game, notching two goals and two assists in that span. He scored what proved to be the game winner and added a goal and two assists as the Blue Devils pulled away in the fourth.
  • One week later, with Duke tied 7-7 with Marquette, the Durham, N.C., native scored with 2.5 seconds left in the third to put Duke ahead 8-7 after three periods. Then with seven minutes left in the fourth and the Blue Devils down 9-8, Carpenter came up with a ground ball and a goal to even the score and force overtime.


CJ’s Clutch Scoring

Opponent Period Time Remaining Result Score
Virginia 3 3:11 Goal 8-6
Virginia 4 13:23 Assist 9-6
Virginia 4 5:33 Goal 10-6
Virginia 4 4:02 Assist 11-6
Marquette 3 0:03 Goal 8-7
Marquette 4 7:23 Goal 9-9

Up Next

  • The Blue Devils will either be playing next Saturday, May 4 in the ACC Championship game or will have a two-week layoff from action before the NCAA Tournament gets underway May 11. The selection show is set for May 5.