No. 8 UVa Hosts No. 2 Duke in ACC Showdown on Friday

Virginia continues ACC play when the Cavaliers host the Duke Blue Devils on Friday evening. Faceoff is set for 6:00 p.m. UVa is ranked No. 8 in the USILA coaches poll, while Duke is ranked No. 2.

The Series Vs. the Blue Devils

Friday marks the 78th all-time meeting between the Cavaliers and the Blue Devils, a series in which the Cavaliers own a 49-28 advantage since 1938. The 49 victories equal the most UVa has against any opponent in program history (matches 49 victories against UNC), but the Blue Devils have won 13 of the last 14 meetings, including the last five. Virginia's last win in the series was in the 2010 ACC Tournament and its last win at Klφckner Stadium was during the 2004 regular season, an 13-4 triumph.

Duke head coach John Danowski is in his eighth season at Duke and returns 33 letterwinners and seven starters off of last season's NCAA Championship team that went 16-5.

Five Things You Need to Know

• Saturday is the 78th all-time meeting between UVa and Duke in a series that began in 1938.

• A UVa win over Duke would give Virginia 50 all-time victories over the Blue Devils, the most over any opponent in school history. UVa also has 49 all-time wins over UNC.

• UVa averages 42.875 ground balls per game in its wins and only 28.0 ground balls in its three losses this season.

• Mark Cockerton's 114 career goals ranks No. 11 all-time at UVa and is currently No. 8 in the nation among active players.

• Cockerton has 36 goals through his first 12 games played. Chris Bocklet, UVa's last player to amass over 50 goals had 33 goals through 12 games played.

The Series vs. the Blue Devils

• Virginia leads the all-time series by a 49-28 margin, but Duke has won 13 of the last 14.

• Duke had won eight in a row before losing to UVa in the ACC Tournament on April 23, 2010, serving as the longest series winning streak since winning seven in a row from 1939-50.

• The Cavaliers have defeated Duke more than any other team in school history but one.

• UVa also has 49 all-time victories over the Tar Heels, tying UVa's 49 all-time wins over Duke.

• Only fifth-years Chris LaPierre and Blake Riley have beaten Duke during their UVa careers. LaPierre is the only current Cavalier to play in the 2010 ACC Tournament win over Duke, picking up an assist and recording two ground balls.

Duke Shuts Down the Cavalier Offense

• Duke has been among the most powerful offenses in the country recently, but it has been the Blue Devil defense that has helped during the streak of 13 wins over last 14 meetings with UVa.

• The Cavaliers reached double figures in 34 of 35 meetings from 1962-98, but have scored 10+ in just 12 of the last 24.

• Virginia reached double digits once during the former eight-game losing streak to Duke (2009 regular season).

• Prior to the regular season loss in 2009, the last time Virginia scored at least 10 goals occurred in a 13-4 win in 2004, which also represented UVa's last victory until a 16-12 triumph on April 23, 2010 in the ACC Tournament in College Park, Md.

• While at UVa, Dom Starsia has an 17-18 overall record against Duke and in only seven of those 18 losses have the Cavaliers reached double figures in scoring, including both meetings in 2011 and the recent 19-16 setback in 2013.

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Duke closes out its ACC regular season schedule Friday April 11 at Virginia. The Blue Devils are 10-2 overall, 3-1 in ACC play and 2-2 overall in road games. Virginia is 1-3 in the ACC and looks to bounce back from a tough 11-10 loss at North Carolina.

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