Duke MLAX: Duke Closes ACC Slate at Virginia Sunday on ESPN2

No. 13 Duke (7-6, 1-2) at Virginia (6-6, 1-2)

April 17, 2016 | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Klӧckner Stadium | Charlottesville, Va.

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Setting the Scene

– Duke is 7-6 overall and 1-2 against ACC foes heading into Sunday’s game at Virginia.

– Justin Guterding and Myles Jones are Duke’s top two scorers with 53 and 52 points, respectively, while Deemer Class has 45.

– Virginia is 6-6 overall and 0-3 in conference play heading into a crucial weekend for both teams.

– Duke is ranked 17th in the latest RPI and Virginia 26.

The Series History

– Virginia leads the overall series, 50-29, but Duke is 14-1 against the Cavaliers under John Danowski.

– The Cavaliers’ last regular season win over Duke was a 13-4 win in Charlottesville in 2004.

– Duke’s average margin of victory in the nine previous regular season contests is 4.78 goals. Only three of the nine games have been decided by two goals or less.


By the Numbers

213 – Career points for senior Myles Jones, tops among active Division I players and second among four-year midfielders in NCAA history

120 – Career goals for Deemer Class, the most in program history by a midfielder and eighth among active players

4,383 – Days its been since Virginia beat Duke in a regular season game – April 17, 2004 – present

5 – Goals needed by Deemer Class to break the single-season goals mark of 40 for a Duke midfielder

89 – Percentage of Duke’s 288 points scored by its starting six on offense

10.3 – Ground balls per game average for Kyle Rowe, tops in the ACC and second nationally

9.95 – Career-best ground balls per game average for Brendan Fowler in 2013 – 209 in 21 games

12 – Years to date on Sunday the last time Virginia beat Duke in a regular season contest

11.83 – Turnovers per game for Virginia, the fewest in the ACC and 10th nationally

15.77 – Turnovers per game for the Blue Devils, the most in the ACC, 56th among Division I teams and just over the average of 15 of Virginia opponents

Last Time Out

– Notre Dame held Duke’s high-powered offense to just six goals and two in the second half in an 8-6 win for the No. 2 Irish last Sunday.

– Justin Guterding led all Duke scorers with four points, while Danny Fowler was outstanding between the pipes for the Blue Devils with 12 saves.

– The Blue Devils defense held Notre Dame attackman Matt Kavanagh without a point for the first time this season, while Sergio Perkovic paced the Irish offense with a hat trick.

– Kyle Rowe won 11-of-18 faceoffs and picked up seven ground balls. Yanulis finished the game with four ground balls and a caused turnover.

– Shane Doss recorded 11 saves for Notre Dame in the win.

About Virginia

– Virginia enters the weekend sitting at .500 with a 6-6 overall record. The Cavaliers are 0-3 in ACC play and looking to garner a spot in the ACC Championship.

– James Pannell paces the offense with 24 goals and 10 assists for 34 points, while Ryan Lukacovic has 30 points.

– The Cavaliers are allowing just 9.58 goals per game and are anchored by Scott Hooper’s 19 caused turnovers and 21 ground balls. Matt Barrett is between the pipes with a .479 save percentage and a 10.04 goals against average. Virginia allows its opponents just 33.2 shots per game.

– Jason Murphy takes the majority of faceoffs, winning 62 percent (112-of-180) and picking up 36 ground balls.

– Virginia has allowed 10-plus goals in seven games this year, going 2-5 in those contests.

Last Time We Met

– Jack Bruckner scored seven goals and Danny Fowler posted 18 saves to lead Duke to a 15-8 win over Virginia in the teams’ ACC regular season finales in 2015.

– After Bruckner scored the game’s first goal, the Cavaliers claimed a 2-1 advantage before Duke responded with four straight tallies for a 5-2 lead midway through the second quarter.

– Bruckner’s performance highlighted six Blue Devils with multiple points including Myles Jones (2 goals & 3 assists), Deemer Class (3 goals & 1 assist), Justin Guterding (1 goal & 3 assists), Kyle Keenan (1 goal & 2 assists) and Case Matheis (1 goal & 2 assists). Overall, Duke finished with 11 assists on 15 goals.

– For Virginia, Coholan led the offense with three goals, while goalkeeper Matt Barrett was credited for 17 saves.

12 Years to the Date in Charlottesville

– Sunday’s meeting between Duke and Virginia will be 12 years to the date the last time the Cavaliers beat the Blue Devils in the regular season since picking up a 13-4 win in Charlottesville in 2004.

– It was current assistant coach Matt Danowski’s freshman year at Duke and also marked the last time Duke and Virginia both finished the year under .500, going 5-8.

Danowski vs. Starsia Teams

Duke head coach John Danowski has had success against current Virginia head coach Dom Starsia’s teams over the course of his 30 seasons.  Danowski’s programs are 16-3 all-time against teams led by Starsia. He is 14-1 since joining Duke in 2007 and as the head coach at Hofstra, Danowski went 0-2 against Brown – where Starsia started his career – and 2-0 versus the Cavaliers.

3/15/1986Providence, R.I.L, 3-20
3/15/1987Hempstead, N.Y.L, 5-11
4/17/1993Hempstead, N.Y.W, 7-6 (OT)
5/13/2001West Point, N.Y.W, 15-14 (OT)
4/14/2007Durham, N.C.W, 7-6 (OT)
4/29/2007Durham, N.C.W, 12-9 +
4/12/2008Charlottesville, Va.W, 19-9
4/27/2008Charlottesville, Va.W, 11-9 +
4/11/2009Durham, N.C.W, 15-10
4/24/2009Chapel Hill, N.C.W, 16-5 +
4/17/2010Charlottesville, Va.W, 13-9
4/23/2010College Park, Md.L, 12-16 +
5/29/2010Baltimore, Md.W, 14-13 %
4/16/2011Durham, N.C.W, 13-11
4/22/2011Durham, N.C.W, 19-10 +
4/13/2012Charlottesville, Va.W, 13-5+
4/12/2013Durham, N.C.W, 19-16
4/11/2014Charlottesville, Va.W, 17-15
4/12/2015DurhamW, 15-7

ACC Championship Scenarios

– A Duke win over Virginia Sunday will guarantee the Blue Devils one of the four spots in the ACC Championship. The Blue Devils’ seed will depend upon the outcome of the other two remaining contests between North Carolina and Syracuse and North Carolina and Notre Dame.

– A Duke loss to Virginia and a Syracuse win over North Carolina would put the Blue Devils in the ACC-Brown Classic game April 30.

– Should Duke lose to the Cavaliers and North Carolina beat the Orange, the tiebreaker would come down to goals allowed among the tied teams – Duke (15), Virginia (14) and Syracuse (29) – meaning Duke can’t give up more than 14 goals.

A Win Over Virginia Would

– Be head coach John Danowski’s 367th career win

– Be the program’s 528th victory

– Make Duke 177-177 all-time in the month of April

– Be Duke’s third ranked win of the year and second ACC victory

– Mark the Blue Devils’ 15th win over the Cavaliers since 2007 and eighth straight

Taking Care Of The Ball

– Sunday’s game features two teams at the opposite ends of the turnover spectrum.

–  Virginia leads the ACC and is 10th nationally with just 11.83 turnovers per game. Duke is on the opposite end at fifth in the ACC and 56th nationally with 15.77 turnovers per game.

– Duke is averaging 16 turnovers per game in its six losses. Virginia has had 15-plus turnovers in four games this year, compared to six for the Blue Devils.

Blue Devils Against Virginia

This current crop of Blue Devil seniors is 4-0 against Virginia. Myles Jones leads all scorers with 11 points in his two games. Only four current Blue Devils have scored against the Cavaliers.

Player   GP   G-A-P   GB   CT
Case Matheis33-4-7
Deemer Class35-4-91
Myles Jones26-5-113
Chad Cohan1
Thomas Zenker2
Jamie Ikeda2
Ian Yanulis22
Greg Rhodes1
Justin Guterding11-3-431
Greg Pelton11
Brian Dunne141
David Gill1
Jake Seau1
Garrett Van de Ven1
Ethan Powley131
Kyle Rowe1230.6671
Rowland Pettit1010
Goalie   GP   Min   GA   SVS   GAA
Luke Aaron160:00:00151415
Danny Fowler160:00:008188

Class Nears Single Season Record

– With 36 goals this season, Class is on pace to eclipse the single-season goals record by a Duke midfielder.  He needs just five to pass Myles Jones and Robert Rotanz’s 40 tallies.

– Averaging almost three goals per game, he is likely to reach that mark by the end of the regular season.

– His 36 are two fewer than he had in 20 games his sophomore season and two more than he had in 18 outings last season.

Up Next

Duke closes out its home schedule next Friday against No. 19 Marquette. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m., on ESPN3.

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