No. 3 Duke (5-1) vs. No. 6 Loyola (4-1)
Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
Setting the Scene
- Duke opens a three-game road swing at Loyola Saturday. It will be a second top-10 matchup for the Blue Devils.
- The Blue Devils are 5-1 and ranked third, while Loyola is 4-1 and ranked sixth.
- The game will be broadcast on Facebook Live.
The Series History
- Duke and Loyola are meeting for the 32nd time overall and for the 18th straight season. The Blue Devils are 19-12 versus Loyola overall and have won the past three regular season games.
- The Blue Devils cruised past the Greyhounds 15-7 last season, but are just 4-7 in Baltimore, going 2-2 in the past four games at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Tale of the Tape
|EMO||7-12 (.583)||6-17 (.353)|
|Man Down||11-15 (.733)||14-16 (.875)|
|Clears||93-100 (.930)||95-104 (.913)|
|Faceoff %||64-156 (.410)||54-122 (.443)|
By the Numbers
3 – Duke’s national rank following the setback at Penn
6 – Loyola’s USILA rank heading into Saturday’s game
15.50 – Goals per game average for the Blue Devils, the second highest in the nation
7.20 – Goals allowed per game by Loyola, the fifth best average among Division I programs
282 – Career points for Justin Guterding, good for fourth on the Duke scoring chart
61 – Straight games with a point for senior Justin Guterding, the longest among Division I players
39 – Consecutive games with a point for Loyola attackman Pat Spencer, one of seven Division I upperclassmen to have a point in every game of his career
4-7 – Duke’s record against Loyola in Baltimore
14-8 – The Blue Devils’ record in true road games since 2015
- The third-ranked Blue Devils rebounded in a convincing way last Saturday with a 14-4 victory over Richmond. Trailing 2-1 after the first quarter, Duke rattled off eight straight goals to secure a 9-2 halftime lead. Justin Guterding assisted on the tying goal and scored the next four straight to give Duke a comfortable lead. He finished with eight points overall.
- Defensively, Duke kept the Spiders off the scoreboard in the second and fourth quarters and forced 25 turnovers. Richmond managed only 25 shots for the game with 10 of the 14 on goal being stopped by goaltender Danny Fowler.
Last Time We Met
- Danny Fowler made 14 saves to lead No. 16 Duke to a 15-7 victory over No. 12 Loyola last season and give John Danowski his 375th career victory.
- The Blue Devils outscored the Greyhounds by a 5-0 margin in the second quarter to take an 8-3 advantage into halftime as Brad Smith spearheaded the spurt with a pair of goals. Jack Bruckner and Justin Guterding finished with five points each while fellow attackman Joey Manown posted three markers and one helper. Smith carded two goals and one assist and Mitch Russell came off the bench to contribute one goal and two assists.
- Duke held Loyola leading scorer Pat Spencer to just three points, half his 6.0 points per game average.
- Loyola heads into Saturday’s contest ranked sixth with a 4-1 overall record. The Greyhounds are coming off of 13-5 victory over conference foe Holy Cross. They are 1-1 against ranked opponents, losing to Virginia 13-12 and beating Johns Hopkins 12-5.
- Pat Spencer headlines the offense with 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points to rank ninth nationally. Kevin Lindley complements him with 13 goals and 15 points overall, while Jay Drapeau has 11 points.
- Foster Huggins is the top takeaway man to anchor the close defense. He has 17 caused turnovers and 13 ground balls. At the X, Mike Orefice has taken the majority of draws, winning 44-of-97 (.454). Loyola has been outstanding on man-down, allowing just two man-up goals on 16 opportunities.
- Jacob Stover mans the cage, sporting a 7.13 goals against average and a .521 save percentage.
Blue Devils vs. Loyola
- The current group of Blue Devils are 3-1 against Loyola in their careers. The loss came in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Twenty current Blue Devils have faced the Greyhounds and Justin Guterding is averaging three points per game in the four outings.
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Pat Spencer vs. Duke
- Loyola’s Pat Spencer is one of the top attackmen in the country ranking first in assists per game (3.13), second in assists (122) and fourth in points (199) and points per game (5.10) among active players as junior. In the three outings against the Blue Devils, the Maryland native is averging 4.33 points, 2.33 goals and two assists per game.
Pat Spencer Statistics
% denotes NCAA Tournament game
Duke vs. Loyola On Paper
- On paper the Blue Devils and Greyhounds are an even matchup. Both squads feature a top 10 scoring offense and a top 10 scoring defense. Duke has a star attackman in Justin Guterding (7.33 pts/gm) and Loyola has a standout talent in junior Pat Spencer (5.40 pts/gm) leading its offense.
- At the faceoff X, Duke and Loyola both have struggled at times and are currently below a .500 win percentage - .410 for Duke and .443 for Loyola. In goal, it is a pair of veteran backstops in Duke’s Danny Fowler and Loyola’s Jacob Stover averaging just over seven saves per game.
- Despite this matchup being even statistically, the past five outings give indication that Saturday’s outcome might not follow that path as none of the previous five games have been decided by fewer than five goals. The average margin of victory in the past five meetings is seven. Overall, seven of the 31 games have been decided by a single goal with Duke going 5-2.
Duke on the Road
- This year’s group of seniors will be playing its 23rd true road game Saturday. The Blue Devils are 14-8 on the road over the past three-plus seasons for a .636 win percentage. Duke is 4-7 all-time against Loyola in Baltimore.
Guterding in the Record Books
- Justin Guterding is moving up in the Duke and NCAA record books. He currently ranks fourth at Duke and 19th in NCAA history in career points and is 18 points shy of becoming the third Blue Devil and 13th player in NCAA history with 300 career points. His 169 goals are 23rd in NCAA history.
- If Guterding matches his 51 goals total from 2017 - he needs 28 more - he will finish with 197, good for third in NCAA history. Zack Greer is the lone player in Division I lacrosse to score 200 career goals. Guterding needs 33 more to reach that mark and 45 to tie Greer’s 206. He has 23 through six games and has nine guaranteed games remaining.
Duke Duo Point Streaks
- Justin Guterding extended his points streak to 61 games Saturday, pushing his total to 169 goals and 113 assists for 282 points in that span. He is one of seven active players to have a point in every game of his career. Junior Brad Smith joined the list this season, netting a point in his 23rd straight game last weekend.
- Duke continues its three-game road swing with two games in two days. The Blue Devils play Towson March 17 at noon and travel to play Cleveland State March 18 at 1 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on Lax Sports Network.