Strength: Faceoff man Brendan Fowler is a possession machine, scooping up 159 ground balls and winning 66 percent of his draws. Attackman Jordan Wolf (45, 21) plays with an uncommon burst. Midfielders Dave Lawson (25, 11, pictured), Jake Tripucka (15, 20) and Josh Offit (24, 13) are veterans who want to go out the right way. Weakness: Defense. Duke gave up 18 goals to North Carolina in an Atlantic Coast Conference semifinal loss. The Blue Devils have given up 16 to Virginia, 11 to Harvard, 11 to Marist, 16 to Maryland, 14 to Penn, 13 to Notre Dame and 14 to Denver. X-factor: Goalie Kyle Turri (.495 save percentage) has been good at times but got lifted in the North Carolina loss. Defender Luke Duprey has committed 18 penalties. It's time for Duke freshmen Case Matheis, Myles Jones and Deemer Class (Loyola) to start pulling on the rope. Notable: Blue Devils coach John Danowski has led his team to Championship Weekend six straight years. Bracketology: The Blue Devils play Marquette on Sunday. Duke's Rating Percentage Index rank has dropped to No. 11. Wins over Loyola and North Carolina ensure entry, but a home game is in doubt.
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