No. 2 Duke (2-0) vs. Jacksonville (1-0)
February 10, 2018 | 1 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
Setting the Scene
- Duke has a quick turnaround to host Jacksonville Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Blue Devils most recently defeated High Point, 18-6, Thursday night.
- The Blue Devils stayed put at No. 1 in both the Inside Lacrosse and Lacrosse Magazine polls.
The Series History
- Duke is 7-0 overall against Jacksonville and sports an average margin of victory of 8.86. The two teams have faced off in seven of the previous eight seasons with five of the games taking place in Durham.
Tale of the Tape
|EMO||3-4 (0.750)||1-3 (.333)|
|Man Down||5-6 (.833)||3-3 (1.000)|
|Clears||32-34 (.941)||18-20 (.900)|
|Faceoff %||26-53 (.491)||19-22 (.864)|
By the Numbers
14 – Different goal scorers already this season, including nine with multiple tallies after two games
13 – Average margin of victory for Duke after its first two wins - 18-4 over Air Force and 18-6 over High Point
256 – Career points for Justin Guterding, good for fourth on the Duke scoring chart
57 – Straight games with a point for senior Justin Guterding, the longest among Division I players
15 – Wins needed by head coach John Danowski to become the first Division I head coach to reach the 400 wins benchmark
19 – Consecutive games with a point for junior midfielder Brad Smith, dating back to last season’s High Point game
42 – Points needed by Brad Smith to become Duke’s 45th 100-point scorer - he had 39 last season
7 – Blue Devils who have scored 100 goals and 100 assists in their careers after Justin Guterding joined the fraternity Thursday night with his 100th assist
Team USA to be Well Represented
- The U.S. Lacrosse Men’s National team will be well represented Saturday when the Blue Devils and Dolphins face off. Three of the coaches in the game - Jacksonville head coach John Galloway and Duke assistants Matt Danowski and Ned Crotty – will be playing for Team USA in July at the FIL World Championship and Duke head coach John Danowski will be leading from the sideline as Team USA’s head coach.
- The trio of Galloway, Danowski and Crotty were among the 23 selected by Danowski and his Team USA coaching staff. They will compete in Israel in July to regain the FIL World Championship crown.
Last Time Out
- Justin Guterding still had the hot hand for Duke, netting five goals and adding three assists to lead the Blue Devils to an 18-6 win over High Point Thursday night. The senior attackman had a hand in five of the team’s first nine goals.
- With his three assists Guterding became the seventh player in Duke history to score 100 career goals and 100 assists. He has 154 and 102, respectively.
- The 36 goals in the first two games to start a season are the most by a Duke team under head coach John Danowski, while the 10 goals allowed are the fewest.
Last Time We Met
- John Danowski made history in the previous meeting with the Dolphins, setting the Division I all-time wins mark with 376 with a 13-6 victory.
- The Blue Devils got off to a slow start offensively, managing just one goal in the opening 10 minutes. Knotted 1-1 midway through the first quarter, Sean Lowrie sparked a 4-0 run for Duke with an unassisted tally at the 3:16 mark of the opening frame. Justin Guterding and Brad Smith tacked on goals to finish the quarter and freshman Kevin Quigley added another to start the second to push the Blue Devils in front 5-1.
- Duke was solid defensively again, forcing 22 turnovers and holding the Dolphins to only 20 shots for the game. Danny Fowler (49:34, 4 GA, 5 saves), Turner Uppgren (8:37, 1 GA, 1 save) and David McCann (1:49, 1 GA) combined for six saves. Sophomore close defenseman Cade Van Raaphorst led all Blue Devils with six ground balls. Kyle Rowe went 7-of-15 at the X with four ground balls.
- Jacksonville was paced by two goals from Eric Applegate and two assists from Brett Reilly. Ben Gleichenhaus was outstanding with 17 stops and three ground balls.
- Jacksonville, in its second year under head coach John Galloway, kicked off the season with a dominant 12-7 win over Navy. The Dolphins controlled the game in all facets, outshooting the Midshipmen 46-18 and winning the ground ball battle 45-22.
- Dwayne Mattushik paced the offense with five goals, while Eric Applegate had three tallies and an assist. Four other players contributed a goal.
- Hunter Forbes handled the faceoff duties, winning 19-of-22 draws and picking up 13 ground balls. In goal, Hunter Sells made six saves.
- Two Dolphins - short stick middie Ryan Beville and top scorer McLean Chicquen were voted to the Preseason All-Southern Conference Team. Jacksonville was picked to finish fourth in the league.
Duke Defense Off to Strong Start
- Duke returns the core of the 2017 defense that turned in its best season since 2009. The Blue Devils didn’t miss a beat in the first two games of the season, holding Air Force to just four goals and only 11 shots in the first half and High Point to six goals and 21 shots overall. In two games this season, Duke has allowed just 10 goals, the fewest in two games to start a season under Danowski.
- The Blue Devils return two of the three starting close defensemen in Giles-Harris and Cade Van Raaphorst from last year, with the hole being filled by fifth-year senior Kevin McDonough of Penn. Top defensive midfielders Sean Cerrone and Terry Lindsay are back, while John Prendergast is expected to help fill the void left by Tommy Zenker. Danny Fowler is between the pipes in his final season in a Duke uniform, while junior Turner Uppgren will back him up.
Guterding Aiming to Leave His Mark
- Attackman Justin Guterding will be climbing the Duke and NCAA record books this season. The veteran scorer is currently ranked fourth at Duke in career points and 46 points shy of becoming the third Blue Devil and 12th player in NCAA history to 300 career points. He is 12 points from moving into the top 25 in NCAA history. He most recently passed current assistant coach Ned Crotty and Dave Hagler for fourth on the Duke chart.
Guterding’s Assist Game Thriving
- Guterding averaged 2.56 assists per game in 2017, more than a one assist per game improvement of his 1.4 in 2016. He continued his trend of increasing his assist production with a career-best seven against Air Force. He is averaging five assists per game currently.
- His 46 total in 2017 ranked sixth in Duke single-season history. Only Jordan Wolf, Matt Danowski and Ned Crotty have more assists in a season than Guterding.
- Guterding has 102 career helpers to rank seventh on the career charts. Danowski and Crotty sit atop the list with 183 and 147, respectively.
- Duke rounds out its four-game homestand to start 2018 with No. 4 Denver. Faceoff is set for 5 p.m., on ESPNU.