Duke continues its tough stretch of three top 10 opponents Friday night against No. 4 Loyola at Koskinen Stadium
The Blue Devils are 2-4 overall, while the Greyhounds are 4-1
Duke will honor those who have served his or her country with Military Appreciation Day ... U.S. veterans of any military service branch or active duty military personnel and their immediate families will receive a $3 discount ticket to the game ... Veterans or their family representatives can come to the Duke ticket office, located at Cameron Indoor Stadium, between 8:30 am - 4:30 pm to pick up tickets. Military I.D. must be presented to receive tickets.
The Series History
Duke and Loyola are meeting for the 25th time in the programs' histories and for the 14th straight season
The Blue Devils are 14-10 all-time against the Greyhounds and 5-2 under head coach John Danowski ... Duke last lost to Loyola in Durham, March 10, 2001, a 10-8 setback ... Loyola captured the most recent win, beating Duke 13-8 in Baltimore in 2012
Duke by the Numbers 2 - Rank of Brendan Fowler among all Division I players in ground balls per game (10.17) .522 - Success rate of Duke's man-up offense in 2013, tops in the ACC and sixth nationally 4 - Goalies that saw action for Duke against both Mercer and Maryland 26 - Consecutive games junior attackman Jordan Wolf has scored at least one point ... He has amassed 47 goals and 41 assists for 88 points in that span 10-2 - Duke's home record against Loyola in the 12 meetings in Durham 95 - Career points for junior Christian Walsh, five shy of becoming the 40th Blue Devil to reach the 100-career points benchmark 5 - Rank of junior longstick midfielder Luke Duprey nationally in caused turnovers with 2.50 per game 4/26/2004 - Last time Duke was unranked in the USILA Coaches poll 15 - Span of days in which Duke will play its next five games, four at home and one on the road at Chapel Hill
A Win over Loyola Would
Make Duke 194-122 all-time in the month of March
Be Duke's 15th win over the Greyhounds all-time
Give head coach John Danowski his 317th career victory and 98th at Duke
Be the program's 486th victory
Be Duke's 120th win since 2005
Scouting Loyola Loyola, the reigning NCAA Champion, comes to Durham with a 4-1 overall record and ranked fourth nationally ... The Greyhounds are coming off of an 8-6 win over Bellarmine, while their lone setback is to top-ranked Maryland ... Justin Ward leads the attack with 14 goals and 10 assists for 24 points, while Mike Sawyer has 12 goals and 14 points overall ... Blake Burkhart and Brendan Donovan share the faceoff duties with .582 and .500 win percentages at the X, respectively ... Long pole Scott Ratliff owns a team-best 26 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers ... Between the pipes Jack Runkel owns a 9.33 goals against average and a .500 save percentage.
Last Time Duke and Loyola Met Loyola jumped out to a 7-4 halftime lead and made it 12-5 after three quarters en route to a 13-8 home victory in 2012 ... Mike Sawyer had an impressive six goals and two assists in the victory, while Jack Runkel made 12 saves ... Scott Ratliff anchored the Greyhounds' defensive efforts with four caused turnovers.
Duke vs. Reigning NCAA Champions Since the NCAA crowned its first NCAA men's lacrosse champion in 1971, the Blue Devils have faced 15 reigning national title holders 18 times ... Duke is 4-14 all-time in games against the previous year's national champion with three of those wins coming against Virginia ... The Blue Devils are 3-9 in regular season matchups with the reigning NCAA winner.
Duke in the Month of March Duke is 193-122 all-time in the month of March and 36-9 under head coach John Danowski in the third month ... The Blue Devils have gone unbeaten in the month of March four times overall and once since 2007.
Consecutive Losses Duke posted back-to-back losses once in 2009 and 2010, twice in 2011 and in the past two games this season ... Since 2005 Duke has suffered consecutive setbacks six times - 2009, 2010, 2011 (2), 2012 and 2013 ... The Blue Devils have not lost three games in a row since 2004 when Duke dropped six straight and finished 5-8 overall.
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With the Extra Man Duke has fared much better this season than last on extra man offense ... The Blue Devils already have 12 man-up scores after notching just 17 in 20 games last season ... Duke is successful in 52 percent of its man-up chances in 2013, to rank sixth nationally, with Wolf leading the squad with five extra-man tallies, one more than his two previous seasons combined.
Against Ranked Opponents Since 2006, Duke has amassed a 70-30 (.700) record versus ranked opponents ... Duke is 0-3 so far in 2013 against ranked opponents after falling to then No. 9 Denver, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 1 Maryland.
One Goal Games Duke improved to 69-61 all-time in games decided by one goal when it held off Maryland 6-5 in the 2012 ACC Semifinal ... Duke played a program-high seven one-goal games in both 1994 and 1997 ... Duke is 11-5 in one-goal games under John Danowski and 3-3 against Loyola.
Blue Devils Against Loyola Seven current Blue Devils have registered at least one point against Loyola during their careers ... Jordan Wolf leads all goal scorers with five tallies, while Christian Walsh has a goal and three assists ... Wigrizer is averaging eight saves per game against the Greyhounds.
Wolf Climbing Career Points List Wolf's 23 points this season have pushed him into 24th on the Duke career scoring chart with 139 points ... He is 10 points shy of moving into a tie for the 20th position and is 59 points out of the top 10 ... In 46 career games, he has amassed 139 career points from 78 goals and 61 assists ... He tallied 51 points in his rookie season and had 65 points his sophomore campaign.
Fowler at the X Junior Brendan Fowler has been outstanding at the X in his first season as the full-time draw man ... Fowler has won at least 10 draws in every game this season He owns a 59.7 percent success rate at the draw, second in the ACC and 11th nationally.
Fowler Leads Ground Ball Game In addition to winning 14.3 faceoffs per game, Fowler is averaging an ACC-best 10.17 ground balls per game, good for second nationally ... The Wantagh, N.Y. native has picked up a career-high 11 ground balls three times this season.
Duprey Manning the Defense Junior longstick midfielder Luke Duprey had a career game against Notre Dame with a career-high five turnovers and four ground balls ... The five caused turnovers are the second most by a Blue Devil since the NCAA started tracking the stat in 2010 ... Only Tom Montelli '11 had more with six against Sacred Heart in 2010 ... Duprey leads Duke with 15 caused turnovers, ranking second in the ACC and fifth nationally.
Up Next Duke continues its demanding schedule Wednesday, March 13 against ACC rival North Carolina ... Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m., in Chapel Hill ... The game will be televised live by ESPNU.
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