Game 18 | NCAA Semifinal
No. 5 Duke (13-4) vs. No. 4 Virginia (15-3)
May 25, 2019 | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Lincoln Financial Field | Philadelphia, Pa.
SETTING THE SCENE
- Duke is the No. 2 overall seed and advanced to its 12th NCAA semifinal with a 14-13 overtime win over Notre Dame in the quarterfinal. The Cavaliers, the No. 3 seed, edged Maryland in overtime 13-12 to return to the semifinals for the first time since 2011.
- Duke last was the two seed in 2005. The Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA title game that season before losing to top-seeded Johns Hopkins, 9-8.
- Virginia is 15-3 overall, the regular season and ACC Tournament champion, and a winner of six straight. The Blue Devils were the last team to beat the Cavaliers in 2019.
THE SERIES HISTORY
- Duke and Virginia meet for the 84th time in the series history and for the 19th time since 2007. The Blue Devils trail 50-33 in the overall series, but have dominated it in the past 13 seasons with an 18-1 record.
- This is the first time the two teams have met in the NCAA Tournament since Duke defeated the Cavaliers 14-13 in the 2010 NCAA semifinal. Duke and Virginia have met just twice in NCAA Tournament play overall, with both teams winning once.
- Duke last lost to Virginia in the 2010 ACC Tournament, a span of 3,319 days.
DUKE-VIRGINIA BY THE NUMBERS
28 – Consecutive games Joe Robertson has scored a point
6-5 – Duke’s record in NCAA semifinal games
3,319 – Days since Virginia defeated Duke, dating back to April 23, 2010
16 – Goals per game average for Virginia in the NCAA Tournament
.323 – Virginia’s shooting percentage in NCAA Tournament play
.279 – Duke’s opponents’ shooting percentage this season
5 – Times in 12 NCAA semifinal games Duke has played a fellow ACC program
20 – Points scored by CJ Carpenter in the past six games
10 – Points scored by CJ Carpenter in prior 24 contests
9.41 – Duke’s scoring defense, the best in the ACC and ranking sixth nationally
14.22 – Virginia’s goals per game average, the highest in the ACC and sixth nationally
30 – Goals allowed by Duke in the third quarter this season for a 1.7 per game average
60 – Goals scored by the Blue Devils in the third quarter
42 – Faceoffs taken by sophomore Joe Stein in the first two NCAA Tournament games
7 – Faceoffs taken by Joe Stein all season prior to the NCAA Tournament
SURVIVING AND ADVANCING
- The road to Championship Weekend had its share of drama for the Blue Devils this season. Both of Duke’s wins have come by a single goal, with the most recent being the overtime victory over Notre Dame.
- Duke also had a few close calls en route to the 2013 NCAA title. The Blue Devils edged Loyola 12-11 in the first round and then slipped past the Fighting Irish by the same score the week later to earn the right to play on Memorial Day weekend.
- The Blue Devils are 8-2 in NCAA Tournament games decided by a single goal since 2007 with both losses coming against Johns Hopkins in 2007 and 2008.
LAST TIME WE MET
- Duke outscored Virginia 7-2 in the second half to beat the Cavaliers 12-7 in Durham during the regular season. The game had a four-plus hour weather delay, leaving the teams waiting around for faceoff.
- Joe Robertson had three goals and an assist and CJ Carpenter had two goals and two assists. It was Carpenter’s first game with extended time since February and sparked his recent scoring success. Turner Uppgren had 12 saves, including nine in the first half.
- Virginia, playing without Michael Kraus, was led by Matt Moore’s four goals and an assist. All five of his points came in the first half as Duke held Virginia to only two goals in the final 30 minutes and scoreless for a span of 20:15. Alex Rode had 16 saves for the Cavaliers.
- Virginia is one of the hottest teams in the country, winning six straight games, including the ACC Championship. The Cavaliers are 15-3 overall and feature a high-powered offense averaging 14.22 goals per game.
- Matt Moore and Michael Kraus are the top point scorers with 80 (40g, 40a) and 67 (35, 32), respectively. Ian Laviano is the goals leader with 46. Five different Cavaliers have at least 25 goals and Virginia has failed to score 10 goals just twice all season – both ending up as losses.
- Defensively, Jared Conners is the top defensive presence with 26 caused turnovers and 48 ground balls. Logan Greco has 20 takeaways and 33 pickups.
- At the faceoff X, Petey LaSalla has taken the majority of faceoffs, winning 194-of-321 (.604) and picking up 89 ground balls. Justin Schwenk is 78-of-144 (.542).
- In goal, Alex Rode has started 15 games and has a 10.31 goals against average and a .488 save percentage.
BLUE DEVILS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
- Duke is 6-3 in NCAA Tournament play since 2016.
- Brad Smith is the top scorer with 21 points in the nine games, while junior Joey Manown and sophomore Nakeie Montgomery have 18 apiece. Sophomore Joe Robertson has totaled 17 in his first six NCAA Tournament games. John Prendergast, Cade Van Raaphorst and Smith are the lone Blue Devils to have played in all nine games.
- Defensively, Duke is allowing 11.42 goals per game in the NCAA Tournament since 2016.
CLOSER LOOK AT DUKE VS. UVA SINCE 2007
- If you like to see a lot of goals then Duke versus Virginia lacrosse is the game for you. Since 2010, the two teams have combined for 340 goals in 13 games for a 26.2 per game average. In the past five meetings, the squads have scored 125 combined goals for a 25.00 per game average. The highwater mark game was a 19-16 victory in Durham in 2013.
- Since 2007 Duke has failed to score at least 10 goals once, which was a 7-6 overtime win in 2007. Overall, both teams have tallied double-digit scores in 10 of the 19 games.
- Duke has not only dominated the series 18-1 since 2007, it has done so convincingly. The Blue Devils’ average margin of victory in the 18 wins is 5.3 goals. Since 2015 it is 6.6 goals per game. Five times since 2007 the game been decided by two or fewer goals.