Duke Men’s Lacrosse Gearing Up for ACC Tournament

Posted on April 20, 2012 by

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TV Schedule

Duke vs. Maryland
Charlottesville, Va. (ACC Championship – Semifinal)
5:00 PM
| Watch Live | ACCMLAX Postseason Central | TV: ESPNU

North Carolina @ Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (ACC Championship – Semifinal)
7:30 PM
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Duke will be the top seed in the ACC Tournament for the fifth time in program history and for the third time under head coach John Danowski. Duke earned the top seed after going 2-1 in conference games and holding the head-to-head tiebreaker over Virginia. The Blue Devils open the tournament against No. 4 seed Maryland, which is 7-3 overall and 1-2 in conference action. The contest will be a rematch of the 2011 ACC Championship, which the Terrapins won.

Three Blue Devils Earn All-ACC Honors
Seniors CJ Costabile and Robert Rotanz and sophomore Jordan Wolf all earned spots on the 2012 All-ACC Men’s Lacrosse Team as voted by the league’s coaches … Costabile and Wolf earn repeat honors, while Rotanz picks up his first career All-ACC award … Wolf is the first Blue Devil to earn all-conference recognition in his first two consecutive seasons.

A Win over Maryland Would

Push Duke’s win streak to nine games.
Give Duke 12 victories for the sixth straight year and seventh time in the past eight seasons
Make Duke 19-16 all-time in the ACC Tournament
Put Duke into the ACC title game for the 13th time in program history
Give the Blue Devils a 6-5 record against Maryland in the ACC postseason event
Push Duke’s record to 8-3 as the top seed in the event
Make Duke 165-170 all-time and 26-4 since 2007 in the month of April
Be Duke’s sixth win over a ranked opponent
Give head coach John Danowski his 311th career victory and 92nd at Duke
Be the program’s 480th victory
Be Duke’s 115th win since 2005

Duke – Maryland Series History
Duke and Maryland are meeting for the 76th time since the first game in 1940 … The Terrapins hold a convincing 57-18 lead in the series and are 6-4 against the Blue Devils in the past 10 contests … The two teams have met 10 times in the ACC Tournament with both teams taking home five victories … Friday night’s matchup will be a rematch of the 2011 ACC Championship game, which Maryland won 11-9 in Durham … Duke is 4-2 against the Terps in the semifinal round of the ACC Tournament and 0-2 as the tournament’s top seed.

Scouting Maryland
Maryland heads into the ACC Tournament with a 7-3 overall record after upending No. 3 Johns Hopkins 9-6 over the weekend … The Terps finished the ACC schedule with a 1-2 mark with the win coming against the Blue Devils on March 3 … Joe Cummings leads the offense with 17 goals and 11 assists for 28 points, while Owen Blye has 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points … Curtis Holmes anchors the faceoff game for Maryland, winning 85-of-166 faceoffs and picking up 36 ground balls … Jesse Bernhardt leads the team with 18 caused turnovers, while Niko Amato anchors the defense with a 7.04 goals against average and a .582 save percentage.

Last Time Out
Sophomore attackman Josh Dionne spearheaded a 5-0 third quarter run by the Blue Devils with four consecutive goals to lead Duke to a 13-5 win at No. 1 Virginia … Jordan Wolf added two goals and four assists … In goal, Dan Wigrizer made 14 saves … CJ Costabile won 10-of-19 faceoffs and had nine ground balls.

Last Time These Two Teams Met
Maryland raced out to a 4-0 lead, scoring four goals on its first seven shots and never looked back to earn a 10-7 win over Duke … The Blue Devils trailed by as many as six in the third quarter before rallying in the final frame … Josh Dionne led all Blue Devil scorers with three goals and Justin Turri threw in two … Kyle Turri earned his first start of his career, making eight stops.

Versus the ACC in 2012
Duke heads into the ACC Tournament with a 2-1 record against league foes … The Blue Devils lost to Maryland, 10-7, and defeated North Carolina, 13-11, and Virginia 13-5 … Josh Dionne is tops in goals for Duke with 10 in the three games, while Jordan Wolf has four goals and eight assists … Christian Walsh has chipped in seven goals … CJ Costabile has won 33-of-59 faceoffs and picked up 24 ground balls and caused five turnovers … Michael Manley has forced six turnovers … Duke is allowed 8.67 goals per game in the ACC … All three goaltenders, Dan Wigrizer, Kyle Turri and Steve Rock started an ACC contest this year.

Staying Out of the Penalty Box
Duke has dramatically cut down the amount of time it spends in the penalty box recently … In the first four games of the year, Duke was whistled for 25 penalties for 24:30 … In the past four games Duke has served nine minutes in the box for 12 penalties … Duke allowed 23 man-up chances in the first four games and just 10 in the past four … In this eight-game win streak, Duke is averaging four penalties 3.6 man-up chances and per game.

Improving Shot Percentage
Duke has scored 102 goals on 296 shots during the eight-game win streak for a .345 shot percentage … In the six games prior to that the Blue Devils notched just 62 goals from 242 shots for a .256 percentage … Duke shot a season-low .081 percentage (3-of-37) in the loss to Notre Dame.

Sharing the Ball
Duke has dished out 61 assists in the past eight games after amassing just 22 helpers in the first six games of the year … The Blue Devils had a season-high 13 assists in the win over Dartmouth … Duke has assists on half of its goals in seven of the previous eight outings.

Scoring in the 2nd and 3rd Quarters
Duke has outscored its opponents 98-60 in the second and third quarters combined … The Blue Devils have been outscored four times in the second quarter and three times in the third, but just once in each quarter during the eight-game win streak.

Duke in the Month of April
Duke is 164-170 all-time in the month of April … Under head coach John Danowski, the Blue Devils are 25-4 in the fourth month of the year … From 2007 until April 23, 2010 Duke did not lose a game in the month of April.

Reaching the Perfect 10
Since 2007, Duke is 81-4 when scoring at least 10 goals in a game … The Blue Devils are 10-18 when being held to fewer than 10 scores … Duke is 22-16 when allowing 10 goals in a contest and is 69-6 when holding opponents under 10 goals.

Against Ranked Opponents
Since 2006, Duke has amassed a 66-25 (.725) record versus ranked opponents … This season Duke is 5-3 against ranked opponents with all three losses coming to top-10 opponents … Duke is averaging 10.12 goals per game against top-20 foes and allowing 9.38 goals per game … The Blue Devils have scored in double digits in five of the eight games and allowed teams to score 10-plus goals in five games.

One Goal Games
Duke improved to 68-61 all-time in games decided by one goal when it fought back to beat Marist 11-10 … Duke played a program-high seven one-goal games in both 1994 and 1997 … Duke is 10-5 in one-goal games under John Danowski and 2-0 in 2012 … In the ACC Tournament, Duke is 4-2 in one-goal games and 3-1 against Maryland among those games.

Duke In Overtime Contests
Duke has played 35 overtime games in its history … The Blue Devils are 17-17-1 … Under head coach John Danowski, Duke is 4-1 in contests that go into overtime … The Blue Devils are 1-0 in ACC Tournametn overtime contests.

Danowski Wins No. 300
With a 16-8 victory over Rutgers in the 2012 season opener, head coach John Danowski became the sixth Division I men’s lacrosse coach to reach the 300-win benchmark … Danowski captured his 81st win in his 100th game at Duke … He currently ranks tied for third among active coaches in wins.

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