No. 3 Duke (8-1, 0-0) vs. No. 13 Syracuse (3-3, 1-0)
March 24, 2018 | 1:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Koskinen Stadium | Durham, N.C.
Setting the Scene
- Duke returns home to begin ACC play against No. 13 Syracuse.
- The Blue Devils are 8-1 and ranked third after posting two road wins in two days last weekend.
- Syracuse is 3-3 overall and 1-0 in ACC play. The Orange is coming off of a 14-10 loss at Rutgers.
The Series History
- Duke and Syracuse are meeting for the 18th time. The Orange lead the series 11-6, but the past 10 outings are all square at five apiece.
- Duke is 3-0 at home against the Orange and 2-2 against them in ACC regular season play.
By the Numbers
4 – Of the past six meetings between Duke and Syracuse that have been decided by a single goal
9.78 – Caused turnovers per game for the Blue Devils this season, tops in the ACC and third among Division I programs
13.89 – Goals per game average for the Blue Devils, the best in the ACC and third nationally
12.00 – Goals per game allowed by the Orange this season, the highest average for a Syracuse team since 12.33 in 2014
294 – Career points for Justin Guterding, good for third on the Duke scoring chart
64 – Straight games with a point for senior Justin Guterding, the longest among Division I players
3-0 – Duke’s record against Syracuse in Durham
99-17 – Duke’s home record under head coach John Danowski
25.6 – Combined goals per game average in the Duke vs. Syracuse matchup since 2009
Military Appreciation Day Saturday
- Saturday’s game against Syracuse will be the Blue Devils’ Military Appreciation Game. Active Duty and retired military personnel and their families are able to receive free admission to the game.
- In addition, The Lead the Way Fund will be on site selling hats and Koozies® for Lead the Way. One team autographed helmet will be raffled off to a lucky fan who purchases at least one ticket. Simply donate $10 and you have a chance to take home the prize.
- A silent auction featuring another Duke autographed helmet along with various other Duke athletic department experience items.
- The auction will take place at gates open to end of halftime with proceeds benefiting Lead the Way Fund. Fans will need to pay for by cash or check once the auction closes and will receive their auction item upon payment.
Looking at Duke
- Duke enters ACC play this weekend with an 8-1 record after a convincing a pair of road wins last weekend. The Blue Devils are ranked third nationally with the loss coming at Penn.
- Senior attackman Justin Guterding headlines one of the nation’s top offenses with 32 goals and 24 assists for 56 points. Rookie Joe Robertson complements him on attack with 27 points. In the midfield, junior Brad Smith has 26 points and graduate student Peter Conley has chipped in 23.
- Defensively, Duke has been outstanding in holding opponents to just 7.11 goals and only 27.6 shots per game. The Blue Devils have held opponents without a goal for 15-plus minutes 13 times this season. Cade Van Raaphorst and JT Giles-Harris anchor the close defense with 12 and 13 caused turnovers, respectively. In goal, Danny Fowler sports a 7.10 goals against average and a .585 save percentage.
- Joe Stein and Brian Smyth share faceoff duties. Stein is 42-of-78 (.538), while Smyth is 49-of-121 (.405). They have 16 and 20 ground balls, respectively.
Duke Wins 2 in 2 Days in 2 States
- Duke extended its win streak to four games this weekend winning two games in a 48-hour span. The Blue Devils racked up 1,240 miles spanning Friday through Sunday and picked up a 10-8 win over a tough Towson squad and a 9-3 victory at Cleveland State.
- Justin Guterding headlined the weekend offensively with 10 points from eight assists and two points. Defensively, Duke allowed just 11 goals overall, held Cleveland State without a goal in the second half and kept Towson off the scoreboard for the final 12:19. Danny Fowler finished the weekend with 20 saves and 11 goals allowed.
ACC Play Begins
- Since 2007, Duke is 28-14 in regular season conference games, the best mark of the three original squads – Duke, Virginia and North Carolina. The last time Duke finished under .500 in league play was in 2015 with a 1-3 mark. Syracuse is 12-9 in its four seasons as a member of the league.
ACC Regular Season since 2007
* Joined the ACC in 2014
- Syracuse comes to Durham looking to bounce back from a 14-10 setback to Rutgers over the weekend. The Orange are 3-3 overall and 1-0 in ACC play with a win over Virginia.
- It’s a balanced affair for the Orange on offense. Stephen Rehfuss is at the top of the scoring chart with 15 points, while Jamie Trimboll and Brendan Bomberry have 14 points and Nate Solomon has 12. Syracuse is averaging 10.67 goals per game and only scored 17 in the past two games combined. In two of the three losses the Orange have been held to under 10 goals.
- Defensively, Syracuse is allowing 12 goals per game to its opponents. The Orange has held only one team to under 10 goals, a 21-4 win over Binghamton. Brett Kennedy leads the team in takeaways with five and has 13 ground balls.
- At the faceoff X, Danny Varello has taken most of the draws, sporting a .534 success rate (63-of-118). Overall, Syracuse is .500 at the X (80-of-160).
- In the cage, Dom Madonna has started all six games and owns a 12.20 goals against average and a .427 save percentage. He is averaging 8.83 saves per game.
Home Sweet Home for the Blue Devils
- Duke has fared well in the comfy confines of Koskinen Stadium since 2007. The Blue Devils went 7-2 in Durham last season and are 99-17 all-time at home under John Danowski.
Blue Devils vs. Syracuse
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A Win Over Syracuse Would
- Be head coach John Danowski’s 392nd career win
- Be the program’s 562nd overall victory
- Make Duke 219-129 all-time in the month of March
- Duke stays at home to next week, hosting North Carolina March 30 at 5 p.m., on ESPNU.