Duke's NCAA Tournament Streak Moves to 11
The Blue Devils will play in their 11th straight NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship after being selected to the field of 16 as announced on ESPNU Sunday night. Duke is one of five teams to have an active streak of at least 10 consecutive NCAA appearances with Maryland holding the longest at 15. Four of the teams are currently members of the ACC – Notre Dame at 12, Duke and UNC at 11 and Syracuse at 10. Overall, Johns Hopkins holds the longest streak in NCAA history, qualifying for 41 straight NCAA Tournaments from 1972-2012.
Active NCAA Tournament Streaks of 10 Years
Longest Overall Streaks
Duke Sweeps Final ACC Weekly Awards
The final ACC weekly honors were all Blue Devils as Justin Guterding and Cade Van Raaphorst took home the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards thanks to their performances against Boston University. It was the second award for both as Duke collected 10 weekly accolades and at least one in each of the past five weeks. The 10 were the most in the ACC, while the five different players were also a league-best.
ACC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
March 13: Jack Bruckner, Duke & Zed Williams, Virginia
April 10: Jack Bruckner, Duke
April 17: Justin Guterding, Duke
May 8: Justin Guterding, Duke
ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Feb. 27: Cade Van Raaphorst, Duke & Garrett Epple, Notre Dame
March 13: Danny Fowler, Duke
April 3: Kyle Rowe, Duke & Scott Firman, Syracuse
April 10: Danny Fowler, Duke & Stephen Kelly, UNC
April 24: Danny Fowler, Duke
May 8: Cade Van Raaphorst, Duke
Guterding Continues Climb Charts
With seven points against Boston University Sunday, Guterding pushed his season points total to a league-best 83 points. He is the sixth Blue Devil in program history to score 80 points in a season and currently sits in eighth in single-season points. Guterding has accumulated a career-best 38 assists to rank seventh on the Duke chart and two shy of passing Jordan Wolf for No. 6 on the list. Only Wolf, Matt Danowski and Ned Crotty have more assists in a season than Guterding. Meanwhile, the junior attackman recently moved into the top 10 on the career points list with 224. He is eighth and seven points behind Myles Jones' 231. On his current scoring pace, he will become just the third Blue Devil and the 12th player overall to record 300 career points.
Duke vs. Johns Hopkins NCAA VII
Saturday's game between the Blue Devils and Blue Jays will be the seventh meeting in NCAA Tournament action between the two teams. Duke is 3-3 in the six previous meetings and 2-3 under head coach John Danowski. Four of the six games have been decided by a single goal with the Blue Devils holding a 3-1 edge. Duke has won each of the past two NCAA Tournament meetings, besting Johns Hopkins in 2010 and 2014. Saturday will be the first time Duke has visited Homewood Field in NCAA Tournament action.
Career Firsts in Long Island
There were a host of career firsts for some Blue Devils Sunday against Boston University. Sophomore Cade Van Raaphorst, freshman Brian Smyth and junior David Gill all tallied their first collegiate goals, while Kevin Quigley netted his first career hat trick. For Smyth and Gill, it also marked their first points as Blue Devils. Van Raaphorst's goal came off of a feed from Guterding to tie the game 3-3, while Smyth notched his off of a faceoff win at the end of the second quarter. Gill capped Duke's scoring in the fourth with an unassisted goal.
Duke in the NCAA Tournament Facts
The Blue Devils are playing in their 21st NCAA Tournament and are 32-17 all-time. Duke is unseeded for the fourth time in program history, is 0-3 as an unseeded team, and is 14-6 in opening round games. The 32 wins are ranked tied for fifth among Division I teams. Additionally, the Blue Devils are one of nine programs with more tournament wins than postseason appearances (Cornell, Denver, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, North Carolina, Princeton, Syracuse and Virginia). Duke's 16 tournament wins since 2010 are the most of any school in that span.
NCAA Tournament Wins since 2010
Notre Dame: 12
Man-Up vs. Man-Down
Johns Hopkins features the nation's best man-up offense, scoring on 61 percent of its extra-man opportunities. The Blue Devils, on the other hand, feature a tough man-down squad with a 70 percent success rate. Duke has allowed just 14 extra-man goals this season and only nine in the past 12 games, compared to the five allowed in the opening four outings. Blue Jays Patrick Fraser has been the beneficiary of the EMO offense, scoring eight man-up goals to rank second nationally. Johns Hopkins has a man-up goal in all but three games, while Duke has held six teams to zero extra-man tallies and only given up two in a game four times.
Senior Jack Bruckner and Guterding both kept their goal and point streaks alive this past weekend. Duke is one of two programs – the second being Maryland – to have two players represented on both lists. Bruckner's point streak stands at 54 games, while Guterding's is at 53. In goals, the junior attackman is tops with a 25-game streak. The Blue Devils are the only program to have the same duo represented on both lists.
Duke's Defensive Stands
The Blue Devils' defense has been outstanding in the past 12 games, holding teams to just 7.67 goals per game and .254 shooting in that span. Duke has held 10 of the past 12 opponents to under 10 goals and each of them at or under their scoring average at the time of the contest. For the year, Duke sports an 8.06 team goals against average, the best by a Blue Devil team since 2009.
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