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Field Hockey Faces Two Top-15 Teams in Upcoming Weekend

October 10, 2019
By ODU Athletics

#22 Old Dominion (6-4, 2-1 BIG EAST) vs. #15 Liberty (7-2, 3-0 BIG EAST)
Game Info – Friday, October 11 at 3:00 p.m.
Location – Liberty Field Hockey Field (Lynchburg, Va.)
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#22 Old Dominion (6-4, 2-1 BIG EAST) vs. #4 Duke (8-3, 0-2 ACC)
Game Info – Sunday, October 13 at 1:00 p.m.
Location – Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium (Durham, N.C.)
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NORFOLK, Va. - The No. 22 Old Dominion field hockey team will face off against two ranked opponents on the road this upcoming weekend. First, the Monarchs will travel to Lynchburg, Virginia to take on BIG EAST foe No. 15 Liberty on Friday, October 11 at 3:00 p.m. before traveling to Durham, N.C. to take on No. 4 Duke on Sunday, October 13 at 1:00 p.m.

This past weekend, the Monarchs shut out Georgetown at home, 3-0 for their second conference win of the season before falling to No. 8 Virginia in an overtime loss, 3-2. 

In Friday’s victory over GU, senior Rebecca Birch netted two goals and assisted on the third to lead the offense, while aiding the ODU defense in holding the Hoyas to just four shots. Her classmate, Erin Huffman also added a goal in the BIG EAST triumph. 

Huffman scored another goal on Sunday against UVA to give ODU a brief lead before the Cavaliers tied the game and eventually won in overtime. Freshman Nicole Fredricks netted the first goal of her career in the effort as well. 

Birch leads the way in both goals and points on the Monarchs with six and 15, respectively. Huffman is right on her tail, tallying five goals on the season while leading the squad with 28 shots. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Cam MacGillivray has collected 39 saves on the season and has posted three shutouts.  

About Liberty
Liberty defeated Quinnipiac, 5-1 this past Friday to move its conference record to a pristine 3-0 so far this season. The Flames’ weekend wasn’t perfect in New England, as they fell to No. 19 Harvard, 2-1 in overtime.

Liberty specializes in keeping opponents off the scoreboard. Senior goalkeeper Allison Schaeffer boasts the lowest goals against average in the nation, holding opposing teams to just 0.77 goals per game, as she has allowed just seven goals in nine games while posting four shutouts this season. Offensively, the Flames average 3.36 goals per game, a mark that ranks fifth in the country. Freshman Daniella Rhodes leads the Flames in goals, (eight), assists (five) and points (21).

Series History
Liberty is one of just eight teams that the Monarchs have a losing record against in the program’s history, losing four of six against the Flames since the two teams first met in 2014. Last season when these two teams met, Liberty held ODU to six shots, just one coming in the second half, and shut out the Monarchs, 2-0. 2016 was the last time the Monarchs defeated Liberty. 

About Duke
Duke has fallen from the second-ranked team to the fourth-ranked team in the country after losing three of their last four contests, including the two games they had last week against No. 1 North Carolina and then-No. 12 Princeton. In their last game, the Blue Devils were leading 4-1 against the Tigers before giving up four unanswered goals, including the overtime winner at home.  

Despite the recent stretch of games, the Blue Devils are still giving up just and average of 1.09 goals per game, a mark that ranks 11thin the nation. Senior goalkeeper Sammi Steele has posted three shutouts this season, while sophomore and Virginia Beach native Leah Crouse leads the Duke offense with 16 points (six goals, four assists).  

Series History
The series between Old Dominion and Duke dates back to 1980, a series that the Monarchs have a 24-19 record in. However, Duke has won the last six meeting between the two teams, as the last ODU victory over the Blue Devils came in 2012. Last season, Duke came out victorious in a 5-1 decision at the L. R. Hill Sports Complex, after scoring four goals in the game’s second half. Jess Miller was the Monarch who scored her team’s only tally of the match.  

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