Duke Suffers First Setback
The top-ranked Blue Devils stumbled slightly this past weekend in a 10-9 loss at No. 17 Penn. Duke led 7-4 at the half, but the Quakers used a strong 6-2 second half to come away with the win. The loss is the third at Franklin Field for Duke as the Blue Devils have yet to win at the historic venue. Duke led by as many as four, 7-3. Penn netted a goal with six seconds left in the second period that started a 3-0 run by the Quakers to make it 7-6 early in the fourth quarter as Duke went scoreless in the third. The Blue Devils jumped ahead by three again only to have Penn answer with the game’s final four goals to secure the victory.
Recent Third Quarter Struggles
For the second straight game, the Blue Devils struggled offensively in the third quarter. Against Denver, Duke scored just two goals and took only five shots. At Penn, Duke was scoreless and managed to get off only seven shots and put only two on net. The first three games were a slightly different story with the Blue Devils scoring 17 times despite only taking 28 shots.
Guterding Record Watch
Senior attackman Justin Guterding was held in check to a certain degree this past Saturday, finishing the afternoon with two goals and an assist for three points. He extended his point scoring streak to 60 games and pushed his career points total to 274. He needs 26 more points to become the third Blue Devil to reach the 300-point plateau and 12 points to pass Zack Greer for third on the Duke all-time list. Guterding inched closer to passing assistant coach Matt Danowski’s 170 career goals total and Tony Cullen’s 114 assists. The Garden City, N.Y., native is fifth on both of those lists. His 163 career goals are tied for 29th in NCAA history, while the 274 points are 22nd.
The Blue Devils dropped to third in the most recent USILA Coaches’ Poll. Albany moved into the top spot and Maryland is second. Inside Lacrosse and Lacrosse Magazine also have Duke at No. 3. Duke will host unranked Richmond Saturday before hitting the road to face No. 9 Loyola March 10.
The Magic 10 Rings True
For the first time this season and for just the 46th time since 2007, Duke was held to under 10 goals. The Blue Devils are 14-32 in those games, but 150-19 when scoring double digits. In addition, Duke is 42-43 when allowing 10 goals in a game under head coach John Danowski.
The Blue Devils lead the nation in fewest turnovers per game, averaging only 8.80 per game. Colgate is second at 9.50 and Penn at 10. Duke had a season-high 12 turnovers against Jacksonville and a season-low seven versus Air Force and Penn. At the same point in the 2017 campaign, Duke was averaging 11.40 turnovers per game and ranked 16th nationally.
Blue Devils Still Tops in Shot Percentage
Despite scoring just nine goals on 32 shots – a .281 shot percentage – at Penn, the Blue Devils remain atop the Division I shot percentage list at .434. Canisius is just behind Duke at .422. Overall, Duke has 79 goals on 182 shots.
Chemotti Returns to Durham
For the second time since being named Richmond’s head coach in advance of its inaugural season in 2014, Dan Chemotti returns to his alma mater. Chemotti’s first visit as a head coach was a memorable one as the Spiders upset Duke 12-10. A 2002 Duke graduate, Chemotti helped lead the Blue Devils to consecutive ACC titles his junior and senior years. The Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons and he was elected captain as a senior.
Duke, with four home games under its belt, has a three-game road stretch coming up after hosting Richmond this weekend. The Blue Devils hit the road to Baltimore in consecutive weekends to play No. 9 Loyola and Towson, respectively. Duke will mix in a trip to Cleveland, Ohio on the heels of the Towson contest to close out spring break, March 18. Two ACC home games – Syracuse and North Carolina – are next before the Blue Devils finish the conference slate at Notre Dame and Virginia.