No. 4 Duke Visits No. 5 Loyola in Another Top Five Matchup

Duke looks to rebound against No. 5 Loyola Sunday evening on CBS Sports Network. The Blue Devils recently lost to now No. 1 Maryland, while Loyola defeated No. 14 Lehigh. This will be the second of four top 15 teams Duke will face in March.

The Series History
Duke and Loyola are meeting for the 27th time overall and for the 10th time since 2007.

The Blue Devils are 16-10 overall against the Greyhounds and 7-2 under John Danowski.

Duke is on a two-game win streak, including last year's heart-stopping double overtime win in the NCAA Tournament first round.

Duke by the Numbers
1 Goals Duke won by in both meetings with the Greyhounds in 2013, 9-8 and 12-11 (2OT)

9 Assists needed by Jordan Wolf to become the fourth player in Duke history and 14th in ACC history to amass 100 career goals and 100 career assists

.673 Luke Aaron's save percentage in his three starts this season

46 Straight games in which Jordan Wolf has registered a point, dating back to Feb. 11, 2012

20 - Ground balls for redshirt senior Casey Carroll, second behind Brendan Fowler

325 Career ground balls by senior Brendan Fowler, third among active players

223 Career points by Jordan Wolf, the most of any active player 22 ahead of Kieran McArdle of St. John's

4 Of the seven Duke opponents in March currently ranked among the top 11

42-10 Duke's record in March since 2007

62 Career starts in 64 contests for senior close defenseman Chris Hipps

5 Goals by Case Matheis in two meetings with Loyola in his rookie season

3.8 Goals per game by Loyola's Nikko Pontrello in five games, ranking fifth nationally

Scouting Loyola
Sunday's match-up between the Greyhounds and Blue Devils will be another top five game for Duke as both teams look for their fifth win of the year ... Loyola is 4-1 overall with the loss coming in overtime to Virginia in the season opener ... The Greyhounds are coming off of a convincing 14-7 win over No. 14 Lehigh and are ranked fifth ... Nikko Pontrello headlines the offense with 19 goals and five assists for 24 points, while Justin Ward has a team-high 15 assists and 19 points overall ... Graham Savio handles the majority of faceoffs for Loyola, winning 51 of 86 (.593) and has 22 ground balls ... Joe Fletcher anchors the defense with goaltender Jack Runkel ... Fletcher has 10 caused turnovers and 18 ground balls, while Runkel is 4-0 in goal with a 7.62 goals against average and a .585 save percentage ... The game will be just the second home contest for the Greyhounds this season.

About the Blue Devils
Duke is coming off of its first loss of 2014 after falling to current No. 1 Maryland 10-6 this past Saturday ... Jordan Wolf and Josh Dionne both have 12 goals apiece with Wolf adding 10 assists for 22 points on the year ... Sophomore Deemer Class has contributed six goals and six assists, while Case Matheis has seven goals and four assists ... Brendan Fowler has won at least 50 percent of his faceoffs in all five games and is 68 of 108 (.630) with 43 ground balls ... The trio of redshirt senior Casey Carroll, senior Chris Hipps and sophomore Jamie Ikeda lead the close defense ... Carroll has 12 caused turnovers and 20 ground balls to lead the way ... Senior longstick middie Luke Duprey is also a defensive force with eight caused turnovers on the year ... In goal, sophomore Luke Aaron has started the past three games and sports a 6.91 goals against average and a .653 save percentage ... He has made double-digit saves in each of his three starts.

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2014-03-08



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