DURHAM, N.C. — For the 21st time overall and for the 11th straight season, Duke will be a part of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship as announced Sunday night on ESPNU. The Blue Devils are unseeded and will travel to play Johns Hopkins Saturday May 13 at Homewood Field at 2:30 p.m.
The Blue Devils are unseeded for the fourth time in program history and will be on the road in the first round for just the second time since 2007. Duke also was unseeded in 1992, 2001 and 2016 and is 0-3 when not one of the top eight seeds. Duke will be facing Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time overall and for the second time in the opening round. The Blue Devils are 3-3 against the Blue Jays in NCAA postseason play and 2-3 under head coach John Danowski.
Tickets for the game are $10 for adults and $5 for youth 12-and-under as well as Duke and Johns Hopkins students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased online through the Duke Ticket Office: http://www.goduke.com/tickets. It is advised fans buy tickets online prior to the game to avoid any kind of lines.
Duke last faced Johns Hopkins in the 2014 NCAA quarterfinals, winning 19-11. The Blue Devils and Blue Jays faced off in the first round in 2010, with Duke winning 18-5 in Koskinen Stadium. It will be the first time Duke has faced Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field in the NCAA Tournament and the first time Duke has visited the Blue Jays' campus overall since an 11-8 Blue Devil win in April of 2007.
In 20 NCAA appearances, Duke sports a 32-17 overall record, 10 NCAA Championship Weekend appearances and three NCAA titles in 2010, 2013 and 2014. The Blue Devils are 14-6 all-time in first-round contests.
The sixth-ranked Blue Devils finished the regular season with a 12-4 overall record after beating Boston University 18-8 to finish the regular season Sunday. It is the 11th straight season Duke has amassed at least 11 wins in a season.
Junior attackman Justin Guterding headlines the offense with 44 goals and 38 assists for 82 points, while senior Jack Bruckner is behind him with 59 points. Guterding currently ranks ninth on the Duke single-season points list and is just the sixth Blue Devil to score 80 points in a season. Sophomore Brad Smith rounds out the top three in scoring with 34 points on the year.
In addition to having the nation's 10th-ranked offense, Duke sports the country's seventh-ranked defense with a 8.06 goals against average. The Blue Devils, anchored by All-ACC goaltender Danny Fowler, have held 10 of their past 12 opponents to under 10 goals, going 10-2 in those contests. Sophomore All-ACC choice Cade Van Raaphorst is instrumental on close defense with 36 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers. Joining him are senior Brian Dune and rookie JT Giles-Harris with 23 and 25 ground balls, respectively. Overall, Fowler sports a career-best 8.44 goals against average and a .535 save percentage on the year.
Senior Kyle Rowe is one of the premier faceoff specialists in the country. Tied for eighth in NCAA history with 789 Faceoff wins, he is winning 58 percent of his restarts this season and has picked up 103 ground balls. He has won at least 50 percent of faceoffs in 11 of his 15 games this season.
The winner of this first-round game will advance to the NCAA quarterfinals to take on the winner between Ohio State and Loyola.