No. 4 Duke Hosts No. 5 North Carolina in ACC Showdown

No. 4 Duke hosts No. 6 North Carolina this Saturday, March 15 in a 2:00 p.m. match at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

Duke racked up 20 goals in a midweek 20-9 victory over second-year program Marquette. The Blue Devils are 5-2 and 0-1 in ACC play. North Carolina is 5-1 and is coming off a 20-4 win over Bucknell Tuesday.

The Series History
Duke and North Carolina are meeting for the 70th time with UNC leading the series 39-30

The Blue Devils have won 16 of the past 18 meetings and are 13-2 under John Danowski

North Carolina last defeated Duke in the regular season March 10, 2010 in Durham

The Tar Heels went 30-1 against Duke from 1968-1995

Duke and UNC by the Numbers
4 Wins shy of reaching win No. 500 for the Duke men's lacrosse program

8 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

18-3 John Danowski's career record against North Carolina, including 13-2 at Duke

35 Combined goals in the most recent Duke and North Carolina game, an 18-17 UNC victory

2.25 - Average margin of victory in the past four meetings between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels, compared to 5.0 in the four before that

25.3 Points per game for the Tar Heels, tops in Division I lacrosse

342 Career ground balls by senior Brendan Fowler, third among active players and just 58 shy of becoming the first Blue Devil with 400 GBs

4.43 Points per game for senior Jordan Wolf, second in the ACC and 14th nationally

4 Games for Duke in the past 14 days - Maryland (March 1), Loyola (March 9), Marquette (March 11), North Carolina (March 15)

10 Of the 69 games in the Duke - UNC rivalry decided by one goal with the Tar Heels winning six to Duke's four

Scouting North Carolina
Ranked fourth in the coaches poll and fifth in the Inside Lacrosse media poll, North Carolina enters the ACC rivalry game with a 5-1 overall record and 0-1 mark in conference play ... The Tar Heels are coming off of a 20-4 victory over Bucknell Tuesday ... Joey Sankey headlines the offense with 14 goals and 26 points overall, while Jimmy Bitter has 11 goals in his five outings ... Pat Foster and Chad Tutton also own double-digit goals totals with 12 and 11, respectively ... At the X Stephen Kelly and Frankie Kelly are splitting duties ... Stephen is 48-fo-76 (.632) and 34 ground balls, while Frankie is 31 of 58 (.534) with 13 GBs ... Kieran Burke anchors the defense with an impressive 6.75 goals against average and a .583 save percentage ... North Carolina has given up 10-plus goals twice - an 11-10 loss to Notre Dame and 13-11 victory over Princeton ... The sixth-ranked Blue Devils will be the highest ranked opponent North Carolina will have faced in 2014.

About The Blue Devils
Duke racked up 20 goals in a 20-4 victory over Marquette Tuesday night to improve to 5-2 overall and snap a two-game losing streak ... The Blue Devils' two losses came against the No. 2 and No. 5 teams ... Jordan Wolf spearheads Duke's attack with 19 goals and 12 assists for 31 points ... Josh Dionne has contributed 16 goals, while Deemer Class and Case Matheis have nine apiece ... Brendan Fowler has been outstanding at the X, winning 64 percent (98 of 153) of his draws and picking up 60 ground balls ... Casey Carroll leads the close defense with 14 caused turnovers and 24 ground balls, while Chris Hipps is a defensive force around the crease ... Luke Aaron has played the majority of minutes in goal and sports an 8.65 goals against average and a .558 save percentage ... Kyle Turri and Aaron split duties against Marquette with both making three saves.

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