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Blue Devils Hit Road for 1st Time to Penn
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/23/2018
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Game 5

No. 1 Duke (4-4) at No. 17 Penn (1-1)

February 24, 2018 | 3 p.m. | Ivy League Sports Network

Philadelphia, Pa. | Franklin Field

WatchESPN | Live Stats | Twitter | Game Notes

Setting the Scene

  • Duke hits the road for the first time this weekend, traveling to No. 17 Penn for a Saturday afternoon game.
  • The Blue Devils are 4-0 and No. 1, while Penn is 1-1 and coming off of a 13-6 loss to Maryland midweek.
  • The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Sports Network and can be seen on the WatchESPN platform.


The Series History

  • Duke and Penn are meeting for the ninth time with the series sitting in a 4-4 tie. The Blue Devils are 0-2 at Franklin Field.
  • Duke won the most recent meeting 9-6 in Durham in 2014.


Tale of the Tape

Category Duke Penn
Shots/Game 37.5 36.5
Goals/Game 17.50 9.00
Assists/Game 9.75 3.00
Points/Game 27.25 12.00
Shot % .467 .247
GAA 7.50 11.00
GBs/Game 32.00 17.00
EMO 6-9 (.667) 2-4 (.500)
Man Down 8-12 (.667) 5-8 (.625)
Clears 63-66 (.955) 28-30 (.933)
Faceoff % 45-113 (.398) 18-45 (.400)


By the Numbers

0-2 – Duke’s record against Penn in Philadelphia, a 7-3 loss in 2011 and a 14-9 setback in 2013

10.00 – Average margin of victory for Duke after its first four wins - second nationally and first among teams that have played more than one game

271 – Career points for Justin Guterding, good for fourth on the Duke scoring chart

59 – Straight games with a point for senior Justin Guterding, the longest among Division I players

104-51 – Duke’s record against top 20 teams since 2006

5 – Goals allowed by Duke in first quarters this season, all of which were by Denver

8 – Times in four games Duke has held an opponent to scoreless drought of at least 15 minutes

8 – Of Justin Guterding and Joe Robertson’s 27 goals this season assisted by the other - 30 percent

8-4 – Duke’s record under John Danowski when ranked No. 1


Blue Devils Remain No. 1

  • Duke’s strong start to 2018 launched it to the No. 1 spot in the first edition of the USILA poll Feb. 13, taking over from reigning NCAA champion Maryland, which defeated Navy 10-4 in its season opener.
  • It was the first time Duke had been ranked first during the regular season since Feb. 24, 2014. The Blue Devils are 8-4 under head coach John Danowski when ranked No. 1.


Duke’s Record as No. 1 Since 2007

March 6, 2007 Saint Joseph’s W, 18-4
March 10, 2007 Loyola L, 7-8
March 11, 2008 Presbyterian W, 18-4
March 15, 2008 North Carolina W, 19-9
March 18, 2008 Colgate W, 15-7
March 22, 2008 Georgetown L, 7-11
May 4, 2008 St. John’s W, 16-9
May 10, 2008 Loyola W, 12-7
May 18, 2008 Ohio State W, 21-10
May 24, 2010 Johns Hopkins L, 9-10
March 1, 2014 Maryland L, 6-10
February 16, 2018 Denver W, 15-12


Duke Off to 4-0 Start

  • Duke is 4-0 to start a season for the first time since 2014 and for the third time in head coach John Danowski’s 12 seasons. Duke’s best start under Danowski was an 8-0 jump in 2008, which included wins over No. 15 Bucknell, No. 3 Maryland, No. 13 Loyola and No. 3 North Carolina.


Last Time Out

  • Freshman Joe Robertson scored four goals in the fourth quarter as No. 1 Duke rallied from a four-goal deficit in the final 15 minutes to post a 15-12 victory over No. 4 Denver Friday night.
  • Denver used a 5-1 run over the final 10 minutes of the third period to enter the final frame with a 12-8 advantage. The Blue Devils responded with a stellar fourth quarter by outscoring the Pioneers, 7-0, holding them to just three shots and forcing seven turnovers. Danny Fowler made eight saves in 49 minutes of action in goal.
  • For Denver, faceoff specialist Trevor Baptiste was sensational, securing 23-of-30 draws and scooping up 16 ground balls. Offensively, Ethan Walker produced eight points on six goals and two assists while Colton Jackson added two tallies and two helpers.  Goalkeeper Alex Ready posted five saves.


Last Time We Met

  • Saturday’s matchup with the Quakers will be the first for the current Blue Devil group. Duke and Penn last squared off in 2014 as Jordan Wolf and Josh Dionne combined for six of the nine goals in the 9-6 win.
  • Luke Aaron made 11 saves in the victory and Luke Duprey forced five turnovers and picked up five ground balls.
  • The Quakers were led by Zack Losco’s three-point evening on two goals and one assist while goalkeeper Brian Feeney was credited with 10 saves.


Scouting Penn

  • Penn will be playing its second game in four days when it hosts No. 1 Duke Saturday afternoon. The Quakers are coming off of a 13-6 road loss to No. 3 Maryland Wednesday after opening the season with a 12-9 win over Michigan to start 2018.
  • Kevin McGeary and Simon Mathias lead the offense with six and five points, respectively, while Tyler Dunn has three goals. The Quakers are averaging just nine goals per game and have assists on 33 percent of those.
  • Chris Santangelo won 14-of-33 faceoffs with four ground balls, while Jack Ullrich is tops on defense with five caused turnovers and six ground balls and a goal. Between the pipes, Reed Junkin has played all but 15 minutes and sports a 9.71 goals against average and a .433 save percentage.


A Win over Penn Would

  • Be head coach John Danowski’s 388th career win
  • Be the program’s 558th overall victory
  • Make Duke 59-15 all-time in the month of February


Opponent Scoring Droughts

  • Duke returned the core of the 2017 defense that turned in its best season since 2009. The Blue Devils haven’t missed a beat, holding all three of four teams scoreless in the first quarters each foe to at least one scoring drought over 15 minutes. The 30 goals are the second fewest in four games to start a season under Danowski. The 2008 squad sacrificed just 23 in its 4-0 start.
Opponent Quarter Drought
Air Force 1-2 16:17
Air Force 2-4 19:20
High Point 1-2 19:21
High Point 2-3 15:42
High Point 3-4 16:56
Jacksonville 1-2 15:55
Jacksonville 3-4 18:32
Denver 3-4 15:11

Guterding Leaving His Mark

  • Attackman Justin Guterding is climbing the Duke and NCAA record books. The veteran scorer is currently ranked fourth at Duke in career points and 29 points shy of becoming the third Blue Devil and 13th player in NCAA history to 300 career points. He is 23rd in NCAA history and 10 away from moving into the top 20.
  • If Guterding matches his 51 goals from last season - he needs 36 more - he will finish with 197, which would currently be tied for third in NCAA history. Zack Greer is the lone player in Division I lacrosse history to score 200 career goals. Guterding needs 39 more goals this season to reach that mark and 45 to tie Greer’s 206.


Joe Robertson Rookie Impact

  • Rookie attackman Joe Robertson is off to a strong start for the Blue Devils, tallying 12 goals and six assists for 18 points in his four games. In the past two games he has 12 points from seven goals and five assists and was named to the USILA Team of the Week following his four-goal outing in the fourth quarter against Denver.
  • Robertson, averaging three goals and 4.50 points per game, is third amongst Division I rookie scorers in both categories. He is sixth in assists at 1.50 per game.


NCAA Active Leaders

  • Duke has a pair of players peppered throughout the top 10 NCAA DI active leaders lists. Justin Guterding and Danny Fowler represent the Blue Devils on the lists.
Player Category No. Rank
Guterding Points Per Game 4.59 4
Guterding Goals Per Game 2.73 3
Guterding Points 271 2
Guterding Goals 161 2
Guterding Assists Per Game 1.86 8
Guterding Assists 110 3
Fowler Saves 473 5
Fowler Saves Per Game 8.25 22


Up Next

  • Duke returns home next Saturday March 3 to host Richmond at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast by ACC Network Extra.