No. 1 Duke Prepared for Showdown at No. 3 Maryland

No. 1 Duke begins a grueling March schedule with No. 3 Maryland on Saturday. The Blue Devils look to avenge last season's 16-7 setback to the Terps as both teams try to stay perfect for the year. Maryland is coming off of a dominant 16-8 win over then No. 1 Syracuse. The game will be broadcast by TerpsTV and available to both subscribers to TerpsTV and to Blue Devil Network+.

The Series History
Duke and Maryland are meeting for the 79th time and the last time as ACC foes.
The Terps have dominated the series with a 59-19 all-time record against the Blue Devils
Duke is 4-7 against Maryland since 2007 and 3-4 in the regular season in that span..

Tale of the Tape
Category           Duke             Maryland
Overall Record 4-0 3-0
Shots/Game 38.8 48
Goals/Game 13.25 15.33
Assists/Game 8.5 7
Points/Game 21.75 22.33
Shot % 0.342 0.319
GAA 8 4.67
GBs/Game 36.75 41.7
EMO 2-11 (.182) 7-12 (.583)
Man Down 11-19 (.579) 4-8 (.500)
Clears 72-82 (.878) 50-52 (.962)
Faceoff % 64-98 (.653) 44-71 (.620)

Duke by the Numbers
90 Career assists by Jordan Wolf, 10 shy of becoming the fourth player in Duke history to amass 100 goals and 100 assists in his career
.640 Brendan Fowler's faceoff win percentage through four games
.672 Maryland's Charlie Raffa's win percentage at the faceoff X after three games
45 Straight games in which Jordan Wolf has registered a point, dating back to Feb. 11, 2012
9.50 - Ground balls per game for Fowler, tops in the ACC and third nationally
5.73 Goals against average for sophomore goaltender Luke Aaron in his 157 minutes of action
90 Second-half ground balls by the Blue Devils this season compared to 38 for their opponents
7 Games Duke will play over a 28-day span in the month of March
4 Of the seven opponents in March currently ranked among the top eight
16 Blue Devils who have recorded 100 career goals after Josh Dionne did so Sunday
42-9 Duke's record in March since 2007
3 Of the nine losses in March that have come at the hands of Maryland
5 Caused turnovers for Luke Duprey against Penn and for Casey Carroll vs. Stony Brook
10.5 Assists per game for Duke, leading the ACC

Scouting Maryland
Saturday's game features a matchup between two of the nation's 14 undefeated programs ... Maryland is 3-0 and is coming off of a monster 16-8 win over No. 1 Syracuse in the Carrier Dome ... The Terrapins are allowing just 4.67 goals per game and scoring 15.33 per outing ... Matt Rambo and Mike Chanenchuk pace the offense with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

At the X, junior Charlie Raffa has been outstanding in winning 67 percent of his draws, including 19-of-26 against the Orange ... Niko Amato anchors the stalwart defense between the pipes with a 5.25 goals against average and a .650 save percentage ... Maryland currently leads the conference in clearing percentage (.962) and ground balls per game (41.67).

About the Blue Devils
Duke is 4-0 heading into ACC play this weekend ... The Blue Devils are 2-0 against top-20 opponents and are averaging 13.25 goals per game ... Jordan Wolf headlines the attack with 10 goals and nine assists, while Josh Dionne has 12 points from 10 goals and two assists ... Sophomore Deemer Class also has 12 points (6g, 6a), while junior Kyle Keenan had a strong February with six goals and three assists ... Longstick midfielder helps anchor Duke's defense with eight caused turnovers and 10 ground balls, while close defenseman Casey Carroll has 10 caused turnovers and 17 ground balls ... In goal, sophomore Luke Aaron has started the past two games ... He is 3-0 overall with a 5.73 goals against average and a .681 save percentage ... Brendan Fowler once again leads the faceoff game, winning 57-of-89 (.640) draws and picking up an ACC-best 9.5 ground balls per game.

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