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NCAA men’s Division I championship: Duke, Syracuse shoot for title

Monday, 27th May 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, NCAA Philly Final Four, Posted 5/27/13
From Press Releases

Duke (15-5) vs. Syracuse (16-3)
Today, 1 p.m. ESPN
Philadelphia, Pa., Lincoln Financial Field

Setting the Scene

Duke senior defenseman Billy Conners (Malvern Prep) is a key for the Blue Devils as they gear for today's NCAA championship game

Duke senior defenseman Billy Conners (Malvern Prep) is a key for the Blue Devils as they gear for today’s NCAA championship game (Photo by Rene Schleicher)

• Duke advanced to the NCAA championship game for the fourth time with a 16-14 win over Cornell in the semifinals as Jordan Wolf (Lower Merion) had four goals, Billy Conners (Malvern Prep) scored once and played standout defense along with Henry Lobb (Malvern Prep).
• Duke is 15-5 overall and has won 13 of its previous 14 games
• Duke is 27-15 overall in NCAA Tournament play and 18-5 under head coach John Danowski
• Syracuse defeated Denver, 9-8 in the semifinals to move into the championship

The Series History

• Duke and Syracuse are meeting for the 10th time with the Orange leading 6-3
• Two of Duke’s three wins over the Orange came last season
• The Blue Devils and Orange last faced off in the NCAA Tournament in 2009, a 17-7 Syracuse win
• The Blue Devils have won the past two meetings, including last season’s 12-9 victory in the NCAA Tournament first round

How Duke Got Here

Duke held off a furious fourth-quarter charge by Cornell to advance to the title game with a 16-14 win over the Big Red … The Blue Devils had nine different goal scorers and Jordan Wolf led the way with a team-high four goals … Case Matheis dished out three assists and sophomore goalie Kyle Turri made a career-high 16 saves … Duke has won its three NCAA Tournament games by four goals overall and heads into its fourth NCAA Championship game.

Duke by the Numbers

103 – Career points for senior David Lawson, the 42nd Blue Devil to reach the 100-points milestone

319 – Faceoff victories this season by Brendan Fowler, a NCAA single-season record

18-5 – Duke’s NCAA Tournament record under head coach John Danowski

13.33 – Goals per game by Duke in the NCAA Tournament

16 – Saves by Kyle Turri in the NCAA semifinal win over Cornell

53 – Goals by Jordan Wolf, ranking sixth in Duke single-season history

1-2 – Duke’s record against Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament

9 – Different goal scorers for the Blue Devils against Cornell

13-1 – Goaltender Kyle Turri’s record as a starter in 2013

6-6 – Duke’s overall record in NCAA Tournament games in NFL stadiums

36 – Caused turnovers by junior Luke Duprey, six more than his combined total from 2011 and 2012

110 – Wins by John Danowski in his seven seasons at Duke

NCAA Tournament Notes

• Duke is making its fourth appearance in the NCAA Championship game, also doing so in 2005, 2007 and 2010
• Duke is 1-2 in title games, taking home the crown in 2010
• Duke is facing Syracuse for the fourth time in the NCAA Tournament, sporting a 1-2 record in the previous meetings
• The Blue Devils have played in seven different NFL stadiums since 2005 and are 9-12 in games played at NFL venues overall and 7-6 in NCAA Tournament games.
• After earning a double overtime win over Loyola in the first round, the Blue Devils improved to 3-0 in overtime NCAA Tournament games
• Duke is 27-15 all-time in its 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and 1-2 in title tilts
• Duke has advanced to championship weekend in each of the previous seven seasons and nine times overall
• Duke earned the seventh seed for the fourth time and is 6-3 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, four of the top eight seeds and one of the other final four squads.
• Duke has won 21 of its past 27 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 22-6 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 Syracuse

Syracuse is 16-3 overall and is the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament field … The Orange defeated Denver in the semifinals 9-8 with the winning goal coming with 19 seconds left … Syracuse also came from behind to win the quarterfinal round with a goal in the final 13 seconds … JoJo Marasco is the team’s top scorer with 22 goals and 41 assists for 63 points, while Kevin Rice is just behind him with 22 goals and 51 points overall … Chris Daddio handles faceoff duties, winning 115-of-250 (.460) and picking up 36 ground balls … Matt Harris anchors the defense with 28 caused turnovers and 51 ground balls … Dominic Lamolinara is between the pipes with a 8.11 goals against average and a .539 save percentage.

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 2.2 points per game this season.

Wolf Riding a Point Scoring Streak

With at least a point in all 20 games this season, Wolf has pushed his point scoring streak to 40 games, ranking sixth in Division I lacrosse … In the past 40 games, the Wynnewood, Pa., native has 85 goals, 59 assists for 144 points … He has been held without a point in just five games in his career and Duke is 1-4 in those contests … Wolf was last held scoreless in the 2011 NCAA semifinal against Maryland – May 28, 2011.

Wolf Climbing Career Points List

Wolf’s 79 points this season have pushed him up to 11th on the Duke career scoring chart with 195 points … He is seven points shy of the top 10 … In 60 career games, he has amassed 195 career points from 116 goals and 79 assists.


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