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NCAA men’s semifinals at the Linc today: Philly connection leads Duke vs. Cornell (2:30 p.m.)

Saturday, 25th May 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, NCAA Philly Final Four, Posted 5/25/13
From Press Release

NCAA Semifinal
Duke (14-5) vs. Cornell (14-3)
Today, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2
Philadelphia, Pa. – Lincoln Financial Field
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THE MATCHUP – The eighth-ranked Cornell men’s lacrosse team’s season continues Saturday when it takes on seventh-seeded Duke at Lincoln Financial Field at 2:30 p.m. The game will be the Big Red’s fourth trip to championship weekend over the past seven seasons. In addition to being the seventh-seed, the Blue Devils are ranked fourth in the current USILA Coaches’ Poll and upset second-seeded Notre Dame last weekend, 12-11.

Duke's Jordan Wolf (Lower Merion) is defended by Notre Dame's XXX in Saturday's 13-5 win by the Irish. Photos for

Duke’s Jordan Wolf (Lower Merion), seen here vs. Notre Dame early in the season, leads his Blue Devils vs. Cornell today at 2:30 in the NCAA semifinals

Setting the Scene
• Duke advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the ninth time and seventh straight with a thrilling 12-11 comeback win over Notre Dame
• Duke is 14-5 overall and has won 12 of its previous 13 games
• Duke is 26-15 overall in NCAA Tournament play and 17-5 under head coach John Danowski
• Cornell cruised past Ohio State 16-6 to earn its 13th NCAA semifinal appearance

Duke’s Philly Connection
* Junior attackman Jordan Wolf (Lower Merion) is a second team All-American pick who has 49 goals and 25 assists.
*Senior defenseman Billy Conners (Malvern Prep) is a start at close defense and has 39 groundballs, 10 caused turnovers and three goals and two assists.
*Junior defenseman Henry Lobb (Malvern Prep) is a starter at close defense and has 17 groundballs and seven caused turnovers as well as one goal.
*Sophomore Brian Dailey (Conestoga) is the team’s top long pole and has 23 groundballs and six caused turnovers as well as a goal and an assist.
*Sophomore midfielder Tanner Scott (Conestoga) has played in eight games and has three goals and an assist
*Freshman Jamie Ikeda (Conestoga) has played in eight games at close defense and has five groundballs and two caused turnovers.
*Senior goalie Dan Wigrizer (Haverford School) has been out with a concussion since mid-season. The four-year starter was 2-4 in six games with 34 saves.

Cornell’s Philly connection
*Senior defenseman Mike Bronzino (Conestoga) has played in 16 games (one start) and has eight groundballs and five caused turnovers.
*Freshman goalie Brennan Donville (Hill School) has played in six games as the top backup to A.J. Fiore and has five saves.

The Series History
• Duke and Cornell are playing for the 10th time with the Big Red leading the series 6-3
• The Blue Devils are 2-0 against the Big Red in the NCAA Tournament with wins in 2005 and 2007

Duke by the Numbers
9 – NCAA lacrosse championship weekend appearances for the Blue Devils, including seven straight
21 – NCAA Tournament wins by head coach John Danowski, fifth all-time in NCAA DI history
22-5 – Duke’s record in the month of May under head coach John Danowski
12 – Faceoff wins needed by Brendan Fowler to break the NCAA single season mark of 311
.717 – Brendan Fowler’s faceoff win percentage in the fourth quarter this season
74 – Points by Jordan Wolf this season, ninth in Duke single-season history
5 – Duke players who have scored at least five goals in a NCAA Tournament game, including David Lawson last weekend against Notre Dame
58 – Combined NCAA Tournament wins for Cornell and Duke in a combined 42 appearances
101 – Career points by Josh Dionne, the 41st player in program history to reach the century mark
6-6 – Duke’s overall record in NCAA Tournament games in NFL stadiums
33 – Caused turnovers by junior Luke Duprey, three more than his combined total from 2011 and 2012
10-3 – Danowski’s record in rematches with regular season opponents in the NCAA Tournament

• Coming off a pair of victories in which it has posted the greatest goal differential (+18) in the first two rounds by an unseeded team in NCAA tournament history, the Big Red will take on a Duke team that has advanced with the lowest goal differential possible, as the Blue Devils have won a pair of one-goal nailbiters.
• Cornell holds a 5-3 advantage in the series with Duke, but has never beaten the Blue Devils in NCAA tournament play (0-2).
• Big Red senior Rob Pannell will continue his quest to become the NCAA all-time points leader, attempting to overtake former Duke player, and current Blue Devil assistant coach, Matt Danowski, who accumulated 353 career points from 2004-08.
• The Big Red will look to become the fourth consecutive unseeded team to reach the NCAA finals, joining Maryland (2011, 2012) and Notre Dame (2010).
• The game will feature two of the hottest faceoff men in the nation in Cornell’s Doug Tesoriero and Duke’s Brendan Fowler. In two NCAA tournament games, Tesoriero has won 31-of-49 restarts (.632), while Fowler has won 35-of-52 (.673).
• The Big Red will also look to senior goalie AJ Fiore to continue his outstanding play in the cage. Through two NCAA tournament games, Fiore is posting a 7.00 goals-against average and a .611 save percentage. Duke sophomore Kyle Turri, who is related to two former Big Red lacrosse players – Tim ’85 (uncle) and Troy ’08 (cousin) – has posted a 10.5 GAA and a .405 save percentage this postseason.
• In the history of Cornell men’s lacrosse, the Big Red has faced 24 different programs in the NCAA tournament. Cornell has a winning record against 13 of those programs, is tied with five programs and has a losing record against six – Duke (0-2), Georgetown (0-1), Johns Hopkins (2-3), Notre Dame (0-1), Syracuse (1-2) and Virginia (3-4).

NCAA Tournament Notes
• Duke is making its 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and seventh consecutive Championship Weekend appearance
• Duke is facing Cornell for the third time in the NCAA Tournament, sporting a 2-0 record in the previous meetings
• The Blue Devils have played in seven different NFL stadiums since 2005 and are 8-12 in games played at NFL venues overall and 6-6 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 26-15 all-time in its 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and 3-5 in semifinal games
• 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 5-3 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 three remaining squads.
• Duke has won 20 of its past 26 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 21-6 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 Cornell
Cornell (14-3) is on a hot streak in the NCAA Tournament with commanding victories over Maryland and Ohio State … The Big Red is averaging 16 goals per game and is led on offense by Tewaaraton finalist Rob Pannell’s 42 goals and 53 assists … Steve Mock has a team-high 59 goals and 68 points overall and is coming off of a seven-goal performance in the quarterfinal win over the Buckeyes … Overall, Cornell is averaging 14.59 goals per game this season, while allowing just 8.65 … Jason Noble leads the defensive effort with 34 caused turnovers and 52 ground balls … At the faceoff X, Doug Tesoriero is 226-of-382 for .592 with 122 ground balls … Anchoring the defense between the pipes is AJ Fiore with a 8.49 goals against average and a .529 save percentage … He is averaging just over nine saves per game in his 17 starts … Cornell is 2-0 in neutral site games and has allowed 10-plus goals in seven games this season.

Rob Pannell watch
For the second time in his career, Cornell senior Rob Pannell has been named the USILA’s Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award as the Outstanding Men’s Lacrosse Player in Division I. He becomes the fifth two-time winner of the award and will lead the Big Red into the NCAA semifinals this weekend in Philadelphia, Pa.
Pannell joins a who’s who of lacrosse greats to take home the trophy twice in a career – Larry Quinn, Johns Hopkins (1984, 1985); Gary Gait, Syracuse (1988, 1990); Casey Powell, Syracuse (1997, 1998); Matt Danowski, Duke (2007, 2008).
Pannell, a two-time Tewaaraton Trophy finalist, has been named a first-team All-American in each of his past three seasons after earning a third-team selection as a freshman in 2009. He joins Paul Schimoler ’89, Ryan McClay ’03 and Max Seibald ’09 as the only Big Red men’s lacrosse players to earn four All-American honors during his career. Earlier this season, he became the first-ever three-time Ivy League Player of the Year in men’s lacrosse and just the fourth player in the history of Division I college lacrosse to be named conference player of the year three times during their career. He enters championship weekend with the NCAA career scoring lead within reach. He needs six points to match Danowski’s record of 343 points and seven points to break the record.

High Powered Offense Meet
The nation’s No. 2 and No. 3 scoring offenses will meet Saturday when Cornell and Duke face off at Lincoln Financial Field … The Big Red are averaging 14.59 goals per game this season and 16 in the NCAA Tournament, while the Blue Devils are scoring 13.84 goals per game overall and 12.0 in the postseason … Cornell has been held to fewer than 10 goals just once this season … Duke has failed to score 10 goals four times this season, but not since the 9-8 win over Loyola March 8 that sparked the nine-game win streak … Duke has scored at least 15 goals in nine games, while Cornell has done so eight times.

Taking a Look Back at 2007
Duke and Cornell last met in the NCAA Tournament in a one-goal thriller in the 2007 NCAA semifinal … The Big Red overcame a seven-goal deficit to tie the game with 17 seconds to go … Duke won the ensuing faceoff and Zack Greer scored one of the best goals in Duke lacrosse history with three seconds left to give Duke the 12-11 win and send the Blue Devils into the title game.

SERIES HISTORY VS. DUKE (Cornell leads, 5-3) — After a 37-year hiatus, the Cornell – Duke rivalry was renewed in the 2005 NCAA quarterfinals when the Blue Devils beat Cornell, 11-8. That victory by Duke pulled the series even at two games apiece, but the Big Red has since taken a 5-3 advantage with wins over the Blue Devils in Durham in three straight regular season games (11-7 in 2006; 7-6 in 2007; 10-6 in 2009), while Duke took a 12-11 victory in the 2007 national semifinal. The two lacrosse programs first met in 1953 and played a total of three times prior to the 1968 season.


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