No. 2 Duke and No. 4 Syracuse Meet in the ACC Semifinals

Duke opens ACC Tournament play against No. 4 Syracuse Friday evening. The Blue Devils are riding an eight-game win streak and are ranked No. 2 with a 12-2 overall record. Duke owns seven ACC Tournament titles and four under head coach John Danowski. Syracuse is riding a five-game win streak dating back to its loss against Duke on March 23.

The Series History
Duke and Syracuse are meeting for the sixth time since 2011 and the 12th time overall.

The Orange leads the series 6-5, but Duke has won the past four meetings including the regular season match-up this year.

Duke by the Numbers
20-16 Duke's all-time record in ACC Tournament play

2 Times Duke has lost in the ACC semifinals since 2007 - both times going on to win NCAA title

7 ACC Tournament titles the Blue Devils have won with the most recent being in 2012

13 Combined consecutive wins for Duke and Syracuse heading into the ACC Tournament - Blue Devils with eight and Orange with five

9-3 ACC Tournament record under head coach John Danowski with four titles

5 Goals Jordan Wolf needs to score to pass Matt Danowski on the Duke career goal scoring chart

78 Points for midfield line of Deemer Class, Myles Jones and Christian Walsh in the past five games

4 - Consecutive wins for the Blue Devils over Syracuse, including the 21-7 regular season win this season

89 Points for sophomore duo Deemer Class and Myles Jones in 2014 - a 58-point bump from their rookie seasons

3.71 Points per game for Deemer Class, 22nd nationally and fourth among all midfielders

14.36 Goals per game for the Blue Devils, tops in the ACC and second nationally

.711 Brendan Fowler's career win percentage against the Orange

Scouting Syracuse
Syracuse enters the ACC Tournament as the No. 3 seed with a 9-3 overall record and 2-3 mark in the ACC ... The Orange is riding a five-game win streak dating back to the loss to the Blue Devils March 23 ... Kevin Rice headlines the offense with 26 goals and 28 assists for 54 points, while Randy Staats has 42 points on 23 goals and 19 assists ... Dylan Donahue is the top goal scorer for the Orange with 28 tallies ... Chris Daddio is winning 50 percent of his draws (130 of 260) and has 66 ground balls .. Brandon Mullins is tops in caused turnovers with 12 ... Dominic Lamolinara has started all 12 games and sports a 12.75 goals against average and a .494 save percentage ... Bobby Wardwell also has played significant minutes with a 10.10 goals against average and a .538 save percentage ... Overall, the Orange is allowing 11.66 goals per game and scoring 12.50 per outing ... Syracuse is 4-2 away from the Carrier Dome this season.

About the Blue Devils
Duke heads in to the ACC Tournament on an eight-game win streak and with a 12-2 overall record ... The Blue Devils have one of the highest scoring offenses in the country with 14.36 goals per game ... Jordan Wolf headlines the offense with 46 goals and 67 points overall, while sophomore Deemer Class is having a breakout season with 52 points (27g, 25a) ... Josh Dionne has had a quietly productive year with 35 goals ... The close defense of Chris Hipps, Henry Lobb and Casey Carroll anchor Duke's defensive effort with Carroll sporting 18 caused turnovers and 34 ground balls ... Brendan Fowler anchors the faceoff game with a 206-133 record (.608) and 133 ground balls ... Will Haus is a force on the faceoff wing and at defensive midfield with 35 ground balls ... In goal, Luke Aaron is 11-2 with a .550 save percentage and an 8.86 goals against average ... Duke is 3-2 away from home this season.

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2014-04-24



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