• Duke looks to rebound following consecutive losses to top-five opponents Maryland and Loyola
• The Blue Devils return from a 14-7 loss at Loyola and a trip to the White House to celebrate the 2013 NCAA Championship
• Marquette is in the middle of a four-game road swing
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The Series History
• Duke and Marquette are meeting for the second straight season
• The Blue Devils defeated the Eagles last season 19-3 in Wauwatosa, Wis.
Tale of the Tape
Duke by the Numbers
4 – Seconds needed for Duke to score in the inaugural meeting with Marquette, the second fastest goal from start of game in NCAA history
9 – Assists needed by Jordan Wolf to become the fourth player in Duke history and 14th in ACC history to amass 100 career goals and 100 career assists
1, 5 – The rank of the two teams Duke has lost to this year, Maryland and Loyola, respectively
47 – Straight games in which Jordan Wolf has registered a point, dating back to Feb. 11, 2012
332 – Career ground balls by senior Brendan Fowler, third among active players and just 68 shy of becoming the first Blue Devil with 400 GBs
224 – Career points by Jordan Wolf, the most of any active player – 22 ahead of Kieran McArdle of St. John’s
4 – Of the seven Duke opponents in March currently ranked among the top 10 of USILA poll
3 – Games for Duke in the past 10 days - Maryland (March 1), Loyola (March 9), Marquette (March 11)
12.0 – Goals allowed per game by Duke in past two outings, compared to just 8.00 in first four
In the middle of a four-game road swing, Marquette is coming off a tough 9-8 setback to Jacksonville over the weekend ... The Golden Eagles are 1-4 overall with a win over Hofstra ... Tyler Melnyk headlines the offense with 12 goals and six assists for 18 points, while Bryan Badolato and Kyle Whitlow both have eight goals apiece ... Marquette is allowing 11.60 goals per game with JJ Sagl playing the majority of minutes with a 12.25 goals against average and a .258 save percentage ... Cullen Cassidy handles faceoff duties with a .490 win percentage (49-of-100)... Liam Byrnes and BJ Grill have seven caused turnovers ... Marquette’s lone win came against Hofstra, an 11-9 win in Hempstead, N.Y.
About The Blue Devils
Duke is coming off of consecutive losses to top five opponents ... The Blue Devils are 4-2 overall and ranked sixth in the USILA coaches poll ... Jordan Wolf leads the offense on a 47-game scoring streak and has 13 goals and 23 points overall ... Josh Dionne also has 13 tallies and Deemer Class leads the charge in the midfield with seven ... Casey Carroll helps anchor the defensive effort with 14 caused turnovers and 23 ground balls ... Brendan Fowler continues to show success at the X, winning 81-of-131 restarts (.618) and picking up 50 ground balls ... In goal, Luke Aaron is 3-2 with an 8.73 goals against average and a .568 save percentage ... He suffered his first career loss at Maryland.
Last Time We Met
Brendan Fowler won the opening faceoff and raced down the field to put Duke up 1-0 in just four seconds in the first meeting with Marquette ... Duke scored 10 first-quarter goals en route to the 19-3 victory ... Josh Dionne led all goal scorers with four tallies.
A Win over Marquette Would
• Make Duke 200-124 in the month of March
• Give head coach John Danowski his 335th career victory and 116th at Duke
• Be the program’s 496th victory
• Be Duke’s 139th win since 2005
• Help Duke avoid three straight losses for the first time since 2004
Duke In the Month of March
Duke is 199-124 all time in the month of March and an impressive 42-10 since 2007 ... Six of Duke’s 10 losses in March have come against Maryland (4) and Loyola (2).
Home Sweet Home
Duke has fared well at home under head coach John Danowski ... The Blue Devils are to 72-9 at home since 2007 ... This year’s group of seniors are 33-4 all-time at Koskinen, including a 9-0 mark in 2012 ... Duke’s last loss at home came March 2, 2013 against Maryland.
Duke’s consecutive setbacks to top-five foes Maryland and Loyola marks just the seventh time under coach John Danowski the Blue Devils have lost consecutive games … Duke has never lost more than two games in a row under Danowski … Duke last suffered three straight defeats in 2004, losing six straight.
Comparing Wins and Losses
In Duke’s two losses, the Blue Devils are averaging just 6.5 goals per game compared to the 13.25 it averaged in its four wins ... Defensively, Duke is allowing 12 goals per game in its setbacks and only eight goals per outing in the victories ... Perhaps the most glaring difference is Duke’s .194 shooting percentage in the past two games ... The Blue Devils shot .342 in the first four games of the year, including .341 against Denver.
Keenan Matches 2013 Point Total
Inside Lacrosse wrote in December that it thought Kyle Keenan was a prime candidate for the ACC’s “Breakout Stud” ... Keenan appears to be on track to be just that for the Blue Devils with six goals and four assists in his first six games this year ... Keenan has surpassed his goal production from both 2012 and 2013 and has already matched his point total from last season.
Keenan Career Scoring Breakdown
Duke will play its fourth game in 14 days Saturday when it hosts No. 2 North Carolina … Faceoff is set for 2 p.m., on ESPNU … It also will be Military Appreciation Day and all active duty and retired military and families will get admission at $4 rate with presentation of military ID or proof of service.
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