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Philly players will be key today when Duke meets Notre Dame for NCAA men’s championship

Monday, 26th May 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Uncategorized, Posted 5/26/14
From Press Release and Staff Report

NCAA Men’s Division I Championship, May 26, 1 p.m., ESPN2
No. 3 Duke (16-3) vs. No. 5 Notre Dame (12-5) at Baltimore, Md. | M&T Bank Stadium

Conor Kelly leads Notre Dame

Notre Dame goalie Conor Kelly (Haverford School) leads Notre Dame into the NCAA title game. He had 14 saves in Saturday’s 11-6 win over Maryland in the semifinals.

Setting the Scene
• Duke advanced to its fifth NCAA title game with a 15-12 win over Denver
• The Blue Devils face off against Notre Dame in the championship match for the second time overall
• Notre Dame advanced on an 11-6 win over ACC foe Maryland, earning its second appearance in title match

The Series History
• Duke and Notre Dame meet for the second time this season and 16th time overall
• The Blue Devils hold a 9-6 lead in the series and a 3-1 edge in NCAA Tournament games
• Duke won the 2014 regular season game 15-7 in South Bend

Duke by the Numbers
2-2 – The Blue Devils’ record in NCAA title games
298 – Career points for Tewaaraton Trophy finalist and First Team All-American Jordan Wolf (Lower Merion), two shy of becoming the second ACC player to reach 300
169 – Points this season by Duke’s first midfield line of Class, Jones and Walsh – the most by a unit in school history
97 – Points this season for Jordan Wolf, three shy of becoming the first Blue Devil to record 100 points in a season
18 – Points for Myles Jones in three NCAA Tournament games, five shy of Matt Danowski’s Duke record 23
4 – Goals for Kyle Keenan on four shots in semifinal win over Denver
468 – Career ground balls for Brendan Fowler, five shy of taking over the No. 4 spot in NCAA history
488 – Faceoffs taken by Brendan Fowler in 2014, second in NCAA single season history to his 526 taken last year
32 – Career hat tricks for Jordan Wolf, including 13 this season
18 – Goals per game average for the Blue Devils in the three tournament games this year
8.00 – Goals allowed by per game by Notre Dame in its three NCAA Tournament games

Duke's Jordan Wolf (lower Merion), seen here earlier in the year against Notre Dame, is the key to the Blue Devils' attack

Duke’s Jordan Wolf (Lower Merion), seen here earlier in the year against Notre Dame, is the key to the Blue Devils’ attack

How Duke Got Here
Duke junior Kyle Keenan registered four goals and Jordan Wolf added five points to help the Blue Devils to a 15-12 win over Denver … Junior goaltender Kyle Turri came off the bench to make four saves in 13:46 of action to hold off the Pioneers down the stretch … Deemer Class added three goals and Chad Cohan had two … Christian Walsh dished out a game-high three assists.

How Notre Dame Got Here
Matt Kavanagh had five goals and seven points overall to lead Notre Dame to an 11-6 win over Maryland … Connor Doyle added four points … Matt Landis forced three turnovers in the Irish’s defensive effort and Conor Kelly (Haverford School) was brilliant and made 14 saves against the Terps.

Last Time We Met
Jordan Wolf tallied four goals and three assists and Deemer Class added five goals and two assists to lead the No. 3 Blue Devils to a 15-7 win over seventh-ranked Notre Dame in early April … Duke held Notre Dame scoreless for 21:57 en route to a 5-1 lead early in the second quarter … Duke led by as many as 10 and held Irish leading scorer Matt Kavanagh without a goal and to just two shots overall in the game … The Irish won the faceoff battle 15-10.

More Philly players

Notre Dame senior defenseman Stephen O’Hara (St. Joseph’s Prep) is a First Team All-American and a Lowe’s Senior CLASS First Team honoree. Senior face-off specialist Liam O’Connor (Haverford School) struggled against Maryland and will be counted in today vs. Brendan Fowler, the standout of last year’s title game win over Syracuse. Senior attackman Westy Hopkins (La Salle/Lawrenceville School) is a key reserve.

For Duke, senior defenseman Henry Lobb (Malvern Prep) is an Honorable Mention All-American, sophomore Jamie Ikeda (Conestoga) is a reserve defenseman, junior LSM Brian Dailey (Conestoga) is a key in midfield transition and junior midfielder Tanner Scott (Conestoga) has become a key reserve.


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