Duke Looks to Rebound; Blue Devils Host No. 4 Loyola Tonight

Duke continues its tough stretch of three top 10 opponents Friday night against No. 4 Loyola at Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils are 2-4 overall, while the Greyhounds are 4-1.

The Series History

Duke and Loyola are meeting for the 25th time in the programs' histories and for the 14th straight season

The Blue Devils are 14-10 all-time against the Greyhounds and 5-2 under head coach John Danowski ... Duke last lost to Loyola in Durham, March 10, 2001, a 10-8 setback ... Loyola captured the most recent win, beating Duke 13-8 in Baltimore in 2012

Duke by the Numbers

2 Rank of Brendan Fowler among all Division I players in ground balls per game (10.17)

.522 Success rate of Duke's man-up offense in 2013, tops in the ACC and sixth nationally

4 Goalies that saw action for Duke against both Mercer and Maryland

26 Consecutive games junior attackman Jordan Wolf has scored at least one point ... He has amassed 47 goals and 41 assists for 88 points in that span

10-2 Duke's home record against Loyola in the 12 meetings in Durham

95 Career points for junior Christian Walsh, five shy of becoming the 40th Blue Devil to reach the 100-career points benchmark

5 Rank of junior longstick midfielder Luke Duprey nationally in caused turnovers with 2.50 per game

4/26/2004 Last time Duke was unranked in the USILA Coaches poll

15 Span of days in which Duke will play its next five games, four at home and one on the road at Chapel Hill

A Win over Loyola Would

Make Duke 194-122 all-time in the month of March

Be Duke's 15th win over the Greyhounds all-time

Give head coach John Danowski his 317th career victory and 98th at Duke

Be the program's 486th victory

Be Duke's 120th win since 2005

Scouting Loyola

Loyola, the reigning NCAA Champion, comes to Durham with a 4-1 overall record and ranked fourth nationally ... The Greyhounds are coming off of an 8-6 win over Bellarmine, while their lone setback is to top-ranked Maryland ... Justin Ward leads the attack with 14 goals and 10 assists for 24 points, while Mike Sawyer has 12 goals and 14 points overall ... Blake Burkhart and Brendan Donovan share the faceoff duties with .582 and .500 win percentages at the X, respectively ... Long pole Scott Ratliff owns a team-best 26 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers ... Between the pipes Jack Runkel owns a 9.33 goals against average and a .500 save percentage.

Last Time Duke and Loyola Met

Loyola jumped out to a 7-4 halftime lead and made it 12-5 after three quarters en route to a 13-8 home victory in 2012 ... Mike Sawyer had an impressive six goals and two assists in the victory, while Jack Runkel made 12 saves ... Scott Ratliff anchored the Greyhounds' defensive efforts with four caused turnovers.

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Loyola University Maryland plays the first of five-straight games on the road Friday night when it visits Durham, N.C., for a 7 o'clock game at Duke University.

The Greyhounds are coming off three consecutive games at home, but they will be away from Ridley Athletic Complex until April.

Series History
Friday will be the 25th meeting all-time between the Blue Devils and the Greyhounds, with Duke holding a 14-10 advantage in the series.

Duke had won five-straight over Loyola and eight of nine, before the Greyhounds defeated the Blue Devils, 13-8, on March 10, 2012, in Baltimore.

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