No. 3 Duke Welcomes No. 4 Denver for a Saturday Match-up

Durham, N.C.-- No. 3 Duke entertains No. 4 Denver on Saturday, February 15 for a 1:00 p.m. game, which will be held at the Duke Turf Practice Field.

The game was moved to the turf practice field on Frank Bassett Drive due to the weather. For safety concerns, fans planning to attend will have to watch from behind the fence in the parking lot or from the adjacent grass field.

Setting the Scene
Duke faces off with its first ranked opponent Saturday when No. 4 Denver visits Koskinen Stadium
The game is the first of six preseason top-10 opponents Duke is slated to face
Denver owns the past three wins over the Blue Devils, including last year's 14-12 victory

Series History
Duke and Denver are meeting for the seventh time ... Both schools have three wins
The Blue Devils are 1-3 against the Pioneers since 2007 and 0-3 since 2011
Five of the six games have been decided by four or fewer goals

Tale of the Tape
Category         Duke           Denver
Overall Record 1-0 1-0
Shots/Game 44 33
Goals/Game 16 14
Assists/Game 13 11
Points/Game 29 25
Shot % 0.364 0.424
GAA 10 8
GBs/Game 46 24
EMO 1-2 (0.500) 2-6 (0.333)
Man Down 4-5 (0.800) 1-2 (0.500)
Clears 16-16 (1.000) 17-20 (0.850)
Faceoff % 18-28 (0.643) 9-25 (0.360)

Duke by the Numbers
654 Career wins between the two head coaches - John Danowski (331) and Bill Tierney (323)
4 Goals needed by Josh Dionne to become the 16th player in Duke history to record 100 career goals
17 Hat tricks for Dionne in his career after netting five goals in the season opener
42 Straight games in which Jordan Wolf has registered a point, dating back to Feb. 11, 2012
16 - Ground balls collected by Brendan Fowler against Jacksonville - a career-high
499 Games John Danowski has coached in his 31-plus seasons, going 331-168
17:39 Span in which Josh Dionne scored his five goals last weekend after being held scoreless for 35:10
5 Points for sophomore attackman Chad Cohan in his first start and just his sixth career game
21:25 Scoring drought for Jacksonville after it took a 3-0 on the Blue Devils last weekend
69 Career caused turnovers for Luke Duprey after forcing three in the season opener
1.000 Duke's clearing percentage against Jacksonville in the season opener

Scouting Denver
Denver opened its 2014 season with a 14-8 win over Air Force ... Junior Wesley Berg led the offensive charge with five goals, while Jack Bobzien had four goals and two assists ... Much like the Blue Devils, the Pioneers got off to a slow start, trailing 3-1 in the first quarter before stringing together seven of the next nine goals for an 8-5 halftime lead ... The Falcons won the faceoff battle with 16-of-25 draws won and picked up 25 ground balls to the Pioneers' 24 ... In goal, Jamie Faus and Ryan LaPlante combined for 11 saves with Faus playing three of the four quarters.

About the Blue Devils
Duke fell behind 3-0 to Jacksonville in the season opener before rattling off seven straight to take the 16-10 win over the Dolphins ... Josh Dionne led the way with five tallies, while Jordan Wolf had six points overall ... Chad Cohan, in his first career start, netted two goals and three assists and junior Kyle Keenan registered a career-high four points (2g, 2a) ... Redshirt senior Casey Carroll made his debut for the Blue Devils with five ground balls and three caused turnovers to earn ACC Player of the Week honors, while Jamie Ikeda notched his first career start with two ground balls and three caused turnovers ... In goal, junior Kyle Turri made two saves in 53 minutes of action ... Duke won the ground ball battle 46-25 and Brendan Fowler was outstanding at the X at 18-of-28 and a career-high 16 ground balls.

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