The Duke Blue Devils will welcome the High Point Panthers to Durham on Wednesday as these two teams faceoff in the first mid-week game of the 2019 season. Both Duke and High Point are coming off of pretty dominating wins over the weekend.
High Point defeated St. Bonaventure on Saturday morning at home by a score of 13-0. Duke faced Furman on the road Saturday night where they took down the Paladins 17-9 to open the season. That win also made John Danowski the first DI head coach to reach 400 wins.
The Blue Devils relied on sophomore attackman Joe Robertson who tallied 5 points (4G,1A) in Saturday’s win. Senior midfielder Jake Seau and sophomore midfielder Cameron Badour also played very well in Saturday’s win. The Blue Devils will be looking to lean on those guys again on Wednesday for offensive production. Reilly Walsh, Joey Manown, and Kevin Quigley should also be factors as well.
Duke’s defense was very effective on Saturday, as expected, and they look to ride that wave into Wednesday’s home opener as well. The three-headed monster of JT Giles-Harris, Cade Van Raphorst, and Jack Fowler looks to come alive again in game two of the season. In game one it was Fowler that led the way, but really it could be anyone’s game on any given day.
Turner Uppgren will be holding down the fort in cage on Wednesday after a good start against Furman on Saturday. Uppgren tallied 7 saves on Saturday to start off his senior campaign. Uppgren looks to improve here early on a the Blue Devils head into game two.
Note: There has been no update on the status of Duke senior midfielder Brad Smith who missed Saturday’s game with a foot injury.
High Point is led by star-studded sophomore attackman Asher Nolting as he got his season off to a hot start with a hat trick against St. Bonaventure. In addition to Nolting the Panthers relied heavily on senior attackman Chris Young as the Ontario native tallied 4 goals in the Panthers opener against St. Bonaventure. Junior attackman Ben Baker also looks to make an impact against the Blue Devils as well.
Defensively High Point leans on junior Luke Cappetto and senior Griffin Caligiuri as two of their leaders on that end of the field. They both played very well on Saturday disrupting that St. Bonaventure defense and helping to hold them scoreless.
In cage Tim Trouter will face his first “real” test of the season, and a pretty big one, against the Blue Devils. The senior had a 100% save percentage on Saturday, obviously. He looks to step it up a notch against Duke.
The number 2 ranked Blue Devils are huge favorites in this game, but Duke has been beaten by a SoCon team in February in the past, and High Point has beaten an ACC team as well.
In the last meeting between these two schools, in 2018, the Blue Devils dominated as they took the game 18-6. Duke has actually beaten High Point every year since 2015. The closet High Point has come to knocking off the Blue Devils was in 2016 when they only lost 16-13.
You can watch this game via ESPN + with Faceoff is set at 7:00pm ET.