Setting the Scene • Duke enters its 17th NCAA Tournament with a 12-5 overall record and as the No. 7 overall seed • The Blue Devils host Loyola for the second time in NCAA Tournament history • Duke is 24-15 overall in NCAA Tournament play and 15-5 under head coach John Danowski • Loyola is the reigning national champion and is 11-4 overall
The Series History • Duke and Loyola are squaring off for the 26th time in the programs’ histories and for the second time in the NCAA Tournament • Duke leads Loyola 15-10 overall in the series and most recently earned a 9-8 victory in Durham March 8
Duke by the Numbers 17 – NCAA Tournament appearances by the Blue Devils 16 – Duke record for goals in a NCAA Tournament set by Zack Greer in 2007 6 - Consecutive NCAA lacrosse championship weekend appearances for the Blue Devils .429 – Junior Brendan Fowler’s faceoff win percentage against the Greyhounds in the previous game, his second lowest of the season .650 – Brendan Fowler’s faceoff win percentage overall for the year, ranking third nationally 22.29 – Points per game by the Blue Devils this season, second most in Division I lacrosse 3-3 – Duke’s record as the No. 7 seed in the 95 – Career points by Josh Dionne, just five shy of becoming the 41st Blue Devil to reach the century mark 37.82 – Ground balls per game for Duke, the third most in Division I 7 - Number of teams, including Duke, who have more NCAA Tournament wins than appearances 8-1 – Duke’s record in NCAA Tournament home games 10-3 – Danowski’s record in rematches with regular season opponents in the NCAA Tournament
NCAA Tournament Notes • Duke is making its 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and seventh consecutive • Duke is 24-15 all-time in its 16 NCAA Tournament appearances and is 12-4 in first-round games • Duke is 8-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament games in Durham and 6-0 under head coach John Danowski • Duke has advanced to championship weekend in each of the previous six seasons and eight times overall • Duke earned the seventh seed for the fourth time and is 3-3 as the No. 7 seed ... Duke also was the seven seed in 1998, 2000, and 2002 ... The Blue Devils have earned a top-eight seed in 1994 (8), 1995 (5), 1997 (5), 1998 (7), 1999 (4), 2000 (7), 2002 (7) and 2005 (2), 2007 (1), 2008 (1), 2009 (3), 2010 (5), 2011 (5), 2012 (3) and 2013 (7). • Duke posted a 3-4 record against this year’s NCAA Tournament 16-team field ... The Blue Devils faced six of the 16 teams selected and four of the top eight seeds • Duke has won 18 of its past 24 NCAA playoff games, with three of the losses coming against Johns Hopkins in the 2005 and 2007 title games and the 2008 semifinals • Overall, the Blue Devils are 19-6 in NCAA action when reaching double figures in the scoring column and 1-9 when held to nine or fewer goals • Duke is one of seven schools with more tournament wins than postseason appearances (Cornell, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Princeton, Syracuse & Virginia)
Scouting Loyola Loyola enters its 19th NCAA Tournament with an 11-4 record and is coming off of an 18-11 loss to eventual ECAC Champion Ohio State in the ECAC Tournament semifinal ... All four of the Greyhounds’ losses came against seeded teams in the NCAA Tournament ... The reigning national champion is led on offense by Justin Ward with 57 points from 27 goals and a team-best 30 assists ... Mike Sawyer is the top goal scorer with 34 tallies as five different Greyhounds have at least 15 goals on the year ... Scott Ratliff helps anchor the defense that is allowing just 8.53 goals per game with 29 caused turnovers and 75 ground balls ... The Greyhounds’ 8.53 goals against average is 12th nationally ... At the faceoff X, Blake Burkhart is 108-of-224 for .482, while Brendan Donovan sports a 55-of-119 (.462) mark ... In goal, Jack Runkel is 11-3 with an 8.58 goals against average and a .521 save percentage ... Loyola is 7-1 on the road this year with the lone loss coming to the Blue Devils in Durham.
Last Time We Met Duke goaltender Kyle Turri posted nine saves while junior attackman Jordan Wolf had two goals and two assists to lead the Blue Devils to a 9-8 win over then-No. 4 Loyola ... After pushing their lead to 9-7 on Wolf’s goal from Jake Tripucka at the 3:45 mark of the fourth period, the Blue Devils held off the Greyhounds, who pulled within one goal at 9-8 on Justin Ward’s marker with 1:13 left in the game ... Duke’s Brendan Fowler secured the ensuing faceoff, but, following a Blue Devil turnover, Loyola regained possession and called timeout with 37 seconds on the clock ... Duke’s defense, led by senior close defenseman Bill Conners on Loyola attackman Mike Sawyer, stymied the Greyhounds, who were unable to get a shot off before time expired ... Wolf’s four total points led the Blue Devils with Josh Dionne, Case Matheis and Josh Offit added two markers each ... Tripucka logged a pair of assists ... Duke’s starting attack scored eight of the team’s 13 points with six goals on 17 shots for the game.
A Win over Loyola Would • Make Duke 55-58-1 in the month of May • Give head coach John Danowski his 327th career victory and 108th at Duke • Be the program’s 496th victory • Be Duke’s 131st win since 2005 • Make Duke 25-15 in NCAA Tournament play • Push Duke in the quarterfinals for the 13th time • Make the Blue Devils 9-1 in NCAA Tournament games in Durham • Give Danowski his 20th career NCAA Tournament victory – 16 at Duke, 4 at Hofstra • Make Duke 2-0 against Loyola in the NCAA Tournament
Duke vs . Reigning NCAA Champions Since the NCAA crowned its first NCAA men’s lacrosse champion in 1971, the Blue Devils have faced 16 reigning national title holders 19 times ... Duke is 5-14 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 ... In NCAA Tournament games against reigning champions, Duke is 0-6 ... Duke has never faced the returning NCAA champs in the first round.
vs. Reigning NCAA Champions in NCAA Tournament
Duke in Rematches - NCAA Tournament Duke is facing a regular season opponent in the NCAA Tournament for the 21st time in program history ... Overall, Duke is 13-7 in NCAA Tournament games against regular season foes ... The Blue Devils are 7-4 in the NCAA postseason after wins in the regular season and 6-3 after losses.
Danowski in Rematches Head coach John Danowski is 18-6 overall in rematches at Duke ... Danowski is 3-1 in third meetings with opponents in a season and 1-0 against Loyola when meeting it for a second time ... He is 10-4 when playing a regular season opponent again in the NCAA Tournament ... In rematches since 2007, Duke is 7-0 against North Carolina, 5-1 versus Virginia, 2-0 against Notre Dame, 1-0 against Cornell, Loyola and Syracuse, 1-3 versus Maryland and 0-2 against Johns Hopkins.
Record in rematches in NCAA Tournament
Home Sweet Home After going 2-3 in its first five home games, Duke went 6-0 to improve to 8-3 overall at Koskinen in 2013 ... Duke is 28-4 in its previous 32 home games ... Overall, the Blue Devils have fared well at home since 2005, going 82-10 overall ... Under head coach John Danowski, Duke is 67-9 in Durham.
Duke in the Month of May Duke is 54-58-1 all-time in the month of May ... The Blue Devils are 20-5 under head coach John Danowski in the month and 15-5 in NCAA Tournament games.
Against Ranked Opponents Since 2006, Duke has amassed a 72-31 (.692) record versus ranked opponents ... Duke is 2-5 so far in 2013 against currently ranked opponents, falling to No. 3 Denver, No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 8 Maryland, No. 17 Penn and No. 1 North Carolina and beating No. 4 Loyola and No. 1 North Carolina.
Blue Devils Against Loyola Eight current Blue Devils have registered at least one point against Loyola during their careers ... Jordan Wolf leads all goal scorers with seven tallies, while Christian Walsh has two goals and three assists ... Chris Hipps is top defensively with four caused turnovers in three games.
Blue Devils in NCAA Tournament Twenty-five current Blue Devils have seen NCAA Tournament action since 2010 ... Jordan Wolf leads all scorers with 14 points (7g, 7a), while Christian Walsh has 12 (9g, 3a) ... Brendan Fowler is 21-of-40 at the X and Greg DeLuca has a team-best 11 ground balls.
Duke Sports A Top Offense Duke sports one of the highest scoring offenses in the country, ranking third in the category at 14.06 goals per game ... The Blue Devils are second in both points per game (22.29) and assists per game (8.24) ... All three are tops in the ACC ... Overall, Duke has scored at least 15 goals in nine games, including in seven of its previous eight outings ... Loyola has allowed 10-plus goals just three times this season, including in three of the past four contests.
Duke’s Balanced Offense Duke sports one of the most balanced offenses in Division I lacrosse with six players averaging over 2.00 points per game ... Only Princeton has as many players averaging two points per game ... Duke’s Jordan Wolf, Case Matheis, Josh Offit, David Lawson, Josh Dionne and Jake Tripucka all average at least 2.18 points per game this season.
Reaching the Perfect 10 Since 2007, Duke is 95-7 when scoring at least 10 goals in a game ... The Blue Devils are 11-22 when being held to fewer than 10 scores ... Duke is 25-23 when allowing 10 goals in a contest and is 80-6 when holding opponents under 10 goals ... Against Loyola, Duke is 15-1 when holding the Greyhounds to fewer than 10 goals and 10-3 when registering 10-plus goals in a game ... The Greyhounds are 9-1 when tallying double digit goals against Duke.
One Goal Games Duke fell to 71-62 all-time in games decided by one goal after losing to North Carolina 18-17 ... Duke played a program-high seven one-goal games in both 1994 and 1997 ... Duke is 13-6 in one-goal games under John Danowski and 2-1 this season with wins over Loyola and the Crimson ... Duke is 4-3 in one-goal games versus the Greyhounds, including the 9-8 win in March … Duke is 4-7 in NCAA tournament games decided by one goal.
Duke In Overtime Contests Duke has played 35 overtime games in its history ... The Blue Devils are 17-17-1 overall in extra sessions and 1-0 against Loyola in overtime ... Only two of Duke’s 39 NCAA Tournament games have gone into extra time with the Blue Devils winning both.
Wolf Climbing Career Points List Wolf’s 68 points this season have pushed him into a tie for 14th on the Duke career scoring chart with 184 points ... He is 14 points shy of the top 10 ... In 57 career games, he has amassed 184 career points from 110 goals and 74 assists.
Wolf Reaches 100 Career Goals Mark With five tallies in the win over Rutgers, Wolf joined the small fraternity of Duke players who have 100 career goals ... Wolf became the 15th Blue Devil to reach the milestone and currently has 110 ... He currently leads all Division I juniors in goals and ranks 14th among all active players ... The most recent player to register 100-plus goals was Zach Howell, who finished with 134 ... Wolf is three goals shy of climbing into the top 10, while Zack Greer holds the all-time Duke record with 206.
Fowler In The NCAA Records Book Brendan Fowler has found his way onto various single-season lists in the NCAA records book ... His 167 ground balls rank fourth in NCAA single-season history, while his current 9.82 GBs/gm average is 11th ... Kevin Massa of Bryant set the NCAA single-season marks with 223 and 12.39 this season ... At the faceoff X his 268 wins and 415 faceoffs attempted are fifth all-time.
Duprey Manning The Defense Junior longstick midfielder Luke Duprey has helped anchor the Duke defense all season ... He currently owns 31 caused turnovers anad has posted at least three in three different games ... His 31 takeaways are more than his total from his first two seasons combined and are the eighth most this season, while his 1.82/gm average is 22nd nationally ... With 60 caused turnovers in his career, he is one of 16 active players and one of five juniors to have reached that career mark.
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