No. 3 Duke (10-3) vs. Marquette (6-6)
April 20 | 11 a.m. | FIOS
Bethpage High School | Bethpage, N.Y.
Battle at Bethpage
- For the third time Duke will play in the Battle of Bethpage, taking on Marquette Saturday at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12-and-under and can be purchase here. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Bethpage Educational Foundation Inc.
- Fans attending the game are also asked to bring two cans of food to help support Island Harvest as part of the “LAX Fights Hunger” initiative.
- The game will be tape delayed by FIOS 1 in Long Island.
Setting the Scene
- Duke is looking to close out its regular season on a winning note Saturday against Marquette. The Blue Devils are 10-3 overall and were ranked No. 2 in the first NCAA committee rankings released this past Saturday.
- Duke defeated No. 4 Virginia for its fourth top-five victory of the season, bumping the Blue Devils to No. 3 in the coaches’ and media polls.
The Series History
- Duke and Marquette are meeting for the seventh straight season dating back to the Golden Eagles’ inaugural campaign. The Blue Devils are 6-0 against Marquette and have won by an average of 10.8 goals per game.
- Saturday’s game in Bethpage marks the third time Duke has played in the Battle at Bethpage. The Blue Devils are 1-1 with a loss to Denver and a victory over Boston University.
By the Numbers
24 – Consecutive games Joe Robertson has scored a point
10.8 – Duke’s average margin of victory in the six meetings with Marquette
2 – Duke’s ranking by the NCAA Committee, announced Saturday afternoon
8 – Points for senior CJ Carpenter in the past two games
10 – Points scored by CJ Carpenter in his previous 24 contests
8.85 – Duke’s scoring defense, the best in the ACC and ranking fifth nationally
20 – Goals allowed by Duke in the third quarter this season for a 1.5 per game average
158 – Career points for Brad Smith, ranking second among players in the ACC and 19th overall among active Divison I players
80 – Assists for Brad Smith, ranking 14th in Duke history and tied for 10th among active Division I players
4 – Times in 13 games Duke has allowed 10-plus goals, going 2-2 in those outings
36-6 – Duke’s record in regular season games in April since 2007
12 – Consecutive seasons Duke has reached double-digit wins
32.8 – Duke’s opponents’ shots per game average this season
Last Time Out
- Sixth-ranked Duke outscored Virginia 7-2 in the second half to come away with a 12-7 victory over the fourth-ranked Cavaliers in last Saturday.
- Joe Robertson registered three goals and an assist and CJ Carpenter had two goals and two assists. Overall, six different Blue Devils scored goals and eight had at least one point. Turner Uppgren was excellent between the pipes with 12 saves, including nine in the first half.
- Duke held Virginia scoreless for 20:15 over the second and third quarters to pull away from the 5-5 halftime tie. The Cavaliers managed just two goals and 10 shots in the second half.
The Last Time We Met
- Justin Guterding scored six goals and added two assists to help No. 3 Duke to a 17-5 triumph over visiting Marquette last season at Koskinen Stadium.
- After leading by a narrow 5-3 score at intermission, Duke claimed complete control of the contest by outscoring the Golden Eagles 5-1 in the third period. Guterding and Brad Smith each scored twice in the quarter. Smith finished the night with five points.
- Duke’s defense put its opponent on lockdown, holding Marquette without a goal for 25:31 spanning the third and fourth quarters. JT Giles-Harris and Cade Van Raaphorst both had two caused turnovers apiece, while Peter Welch had three.
Looking at Duke
- Duke evened its ACC record last weekend with a 12-7 victory over Virginia. The Blue Devils jumped to No. 3 in the national rankings with the win and put them in contention for the No. 2 seed in the upcoming ACC Championship.
- Joe Robertson and Brad Smith pace the offense with 48 and 40 points, respectively. Robertson has a team-best 33 goals and Smith a squad-leading 20 assists. Joey Manown has 20 goals and Nakeie Montgomery is a leader in the midfield with 15 goals and 23 points.
- On defense, the duo of All-Americans Cade Van Raaphorst and JT Giles-Harris anchor the close defense along with senior Jack Fowler, who is a first-year starter. Van Raaphorst has 38 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers, while Giles-Harris has 30 and 22, respectively. They have been matchup nightmares for opponents all season. Van Raaphorst also has a goal and two assists.
- Brian Smyth is the leader at the X with a 126-227 (.555) record. He has picked up ground balls on 80 of his 126 wins and owns two goals and an assist.
- In goal, senior Turner Uppgren is the starter and owns an 8.97 goals against average and a .514 save percentage. In the past four games, Uppgren sports an 8.40 goals against average and a .585 save percentage.
- Marquette heads into the weekend with a 6-6 overall record and having lost three of the past four. The Golden Eagles have scored just 14 goals combined in the past two outings and given up 28.
- Tanner Thomson paces the offense with 35 points from a team-high 26 goals and nine assists. John Wagner has 31 points and Andrew Romagnoli has 20 goals and 25 points. Overall, Marquette is averaging 11.17 goals per game and has scored 10-plus goals in seven of 12 games.
- Noah Richard and Nick Grill are the leaders on defense with 15 caused turnovers apiece. Richard also has 52 ground balls, while Grill has 30. Noah also has been a threat offensively with four goals and four assists. In goal, John Hulsman has started nine of 12 contests and sports an 11.75 goals against average and a .440 save percentage.
- Jared Hershman has taken the majority of faceoffs, going 96-of-181 at the X (.530). He has picked up 52 ground balls. Thomas Washington has taken 66 faceoffs as well, winning 37.
ACC Championship Scenarios
- The Blue Devils finished the ACC regular season slate with a 2-2 record, leaving Duke as either the No. 2 or No. 4 seed in the upcoming conference tournament, depending on the outcome between Notre Dame and UNC. Duke will play Notre Dame in either scenario.
- Duke’s fate will be decided Saturday as Notre Dame hosts North Carolina. A win by the Irish leaves Duke as the second seed, while a Tar Heel victory puts the Blue Devils as the four seed and playing the Irish Thursday, April 25 in Chapel Hill.
- The ACC Championship format is new this year with the four and five seeds playing Thursday for a chance to compete in the semifinals. The semifinal games will be April 27 at 2 and 4:30 at UNC Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium. The title game will be May 4 on campus of the highest remaining seed at 2 p.m., on ESPNU.
Duke Thrives Against Top Five
- Duke has faced four top-five opponents this season and gone 4-0, winning by an average of 3.25 goals per game. The Blue Devils are averaging 11.5 goals per game in the top-five victories.
- Their success has launched the Blue Devils to No. 3 in the RPI, behind Penn State and Penn. Duke defeated Penn 17-7 during the regular season.
- The Blue Devils open postseason play next week. The result between North Carolina and Notre Dame will determine the seeding for the upcoming ACC Championship. The semifinals will be April 27 at 2 and 4:30 p.m., on ESPNU. The No. 4 and 5 seeds will play Thursday April 25 in Chapel Hill.