As of yesterday, over 2600 tickets were sold for Sunday's men's lacrosse showdown between #8 Duke and Marquette. You can get your tickets for the noon faceoff from the Marquette ticket office, although if you can't swing it by the end of the day, you'll probably be best off waiting until you get to Hart Park in Wauwatosa. If you can't make it out to Hart Park, the game will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable Sportschannel with Matt Menzl and Jeff Roberts providing the commentary. If you're not a TWC subscriber or you're an out of towner, you can catch the free live video stream here. Live stats will be here and in game updates will probably be flying in from @MarquetteMLax, not to mention our own Twitter account.
Duke sits at 11-5 on the season.They're probably itching for a chance to play one more game before the NCAA tournament starts. The Blue Devils rallied back from a nine goal deficit in the ACC semifinals to take a lead over North Carolina with six minutes left, but gave up an equalizer just over a minute later and the game winner with just 88 seconds left. Jordan Wolf was a terror in the comeback, scoring four goals and assisting on a fifth. Wolf is their leading scorer, averaging 2.81 goals (7th in the country) and 1.31 assists per game. Josh Dionne (1.94 goals/game) and Jake Tripucka (1.25 assists/game) are more than capable of helping out on the offensive end, too.
Goals are the exciting part of lacrosse, but Duke excels at the basics, too. Brendan Fowler leads the ACC in faceoff percentage, winning over 65% of his tries. Somehow, Fowler's only third in the country, though. Unsurprisingly, he's also the ACC's leader in ground balls, averaging nearly 10(!) per game, which is good enough for second best in the country. Goalie Kyle Turri has the 20th best goals-against average at 9.26, and he's stopping just short of half the shots on goal that he sees.