No. 6 Duke vs. No. 20 Boston College
April 7, 2012 l 12:00 p.m.
Durham, N.C. l Koskinen Stadium
Duke Faces Boston College Saturday
No. 6 Duke (8-5, 2-2 ACC) takes on No. 20 Boston College (6-6, 1-3 ACC) in its finals ACC regular season match. The Blue Devils and the Eagles square off Saturday, April 7 at 12 p.m., from Koskinen Stadium.
Boston College Series History
Saturday's match marks the 11th all-time meeting between Duke and Boston College ... The Blue Devils lead the Eagles 10-0 in the all-time series ... Duke is 3-0 when facing BC in Durham.
Last Time They Met
Amanda Jones netted a career-high five goals and Duke survived a late-game scare from Boston College to edge the Eagles 14-11 on April 9, 2011 at Newton Campus Lacrosse Field ... Kat Thomas added three goals, while Emma Hamm and Sarah Bullard notched two goals apiece ... Virginia Crotty led Duke with two assists ... The two teams were even at 13 draw controls each ... Duke held the advantage in shots, 27-22, and committed a season-low seven turnovers in the contest.
Current Blue Devils vs. Boston College
Five current Blue Devils have registered at least one point against Boston College during their careers ... Redshirt senior Emma Hamm (8g, 4a) and senior Kat Thomas (11g, 1a) lead the way with 12 points each.
Scouting the Eagles
No. 20 Boston College is 6-6 overall in 2012 after defeating Vermont, 15-9, on April 4 ... The Eagles are 1-3 in the ACC this season with a conference win over Virginia Tech and losses against Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia ... The Eagles rank third in the ACC, scoring 12.27 goals per game, but drop to sixth in the league with an 11.83 goals against average ... Kristin Igoe (32g, 7a) and Covie Stanwick (22g, 17a) lead the team with 39 points each ... In goal, Emily Mata and Catherine Conway have split time ... Mata leads the Eagles with 58 saves and sports a 10.91 goals against average and .439 save percentage.
Scouting the Blue Devils
No. 6 Duke is 8-5 (2-2 ACC) on the season after dropping a 4-2 decision to No. 5 North Carolina ... The Blue Devils look to end a three-game skid this weekend ... Freshman Kerrin Maurer leads the team in points (42) and assists (22) ... Rookie Taylor Trimble has scored a team-high 21 goals ... Senior Kim Wenger (15g, 12a) ranks second on the team in both points (30) and draw controls (34) ... Redshirt senior Emma Hamm leads both Duke and the ACC with 62 draw controls ... In goal, senior Mollie Mackler has started all 13 games, posting a .463 save percentage and 8.47 goals against average.
Last Time Out
Duke fell, 4-2, in Chapel Hill to No. 5 North Carolina Friday, March 30 ... The two teams were tied 1-1 at the half, but North Carolina outscored Duke 3-1 in the second period ... The two squads combined for more turnovers (28) than shots (23), and Duke was held to its lowest goal total since 1997 ... The Blue Devils won the draw 5-3 and picked up 14 ground balls to 13 for the Tar Heels ... Duke's defense turned in a solid performance, holding UNC to four goals, over 10 fewer than the Tar Heels' season average (14.27) ... Senior goaltender Mollie Mackler made five saves in the game, while freshman Gabby Moise earned her first career start on defense.
In the Month of April
Duke has played 110 games in April in program history ... The Blue Devils are 66-44 all-time during the fourth month of the year.
Scheduling the Best
Duke's 2012 schedule currently features 10 teams ranked in the top-20 of the latest IWLCA Coaches Poll ... Two of Duke's three remaining regular season contests come against ranked teams.
Against Ranked Opponents
Duke is 3-5 on the year against ranked teams ... The Blue Devils earned victories over No. 2 Maryland, No. 8 Princeton & No. 15 Georgetown, while falling to No. 19 Vanderbilt, No. 1 Northwestern, No. 17 Dartmouth, No. 12 Virginia and No. 5 North Carolina ... The Blue Devils are 112-92 all-time when facing ranked opponents.
Home Sweet Home
The Blue Devils have been tough to beat at Koskinen Stadium ... Duke is 3-2 this season and 114-37 all-time in home contests ... Since 2007, Duke has posted a 45-9 record when playing at home, including 10-0 marks in both 2007 and 2011.
Duke is 2-2 this season and 36-26 all-time in ACC regular season games ... The Blue Devils tied a program record with four conference wins last season to finish second in the league standings ... In the 10 seasons from 2002-11, Duke posted a 29-14 record in ACC regular season games, second only to Maryland's mark of 30-13 during that time.
The 2012 ACC Tournament will be held in Durham April 20-23 ... The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the tournament will be televised on RSN, while the finals will be broadcast on ESPNU ... Duke is in the hunt for its second ACC title in program history and first since 2005.
The Blue Devils are in search of their 15th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament ... Duke holds an all-time record of 16-14 in the tournament while making six trips to the national semifinals (1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011) ... The Blue Devils are one of six schools with consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances of five or more years, joining Maryland (22), Virginia (16), Northwestern (8), North Carolina (7) and Pennsylvania (5).
The Blue Devils boast a very balanced offensive unit, which averages 11.92 goals per game ... Seventeen Duke players have recorded at least one point with eight totaling 16 or more points and seven with 20-plus point totals ... The Blue Devils are the only team in the ACC to not have a player rank in the top-10 in the conference in goals per game average, despite the fact that Duke ranks third in the league in team goals per game and first in team assists per game.
The Blue Devils' defense ranks third in the ACC and 10th nationally, allowing opponents just 8.60 goals per game ... Duke has limited its opponents to nine goals or fewer in 10 games this season ... The Blue Devils did not allow an opponent to score in double figures from February 25 to March 17, a string of six straight games ... That streak is tied for the second longest in Duke history.
Redshirt senior Emma Hamm has established herself as one of the best players in Duke history ... Hamm is the first player in program history with 75 or more goals, assists, ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers in a career ... She is also the 14th player in program history to reach the 100-goal plateau, the fifth to record 75-plus career assists and the fourth to achieve both.
Redshirt senior Emma Hamm is climbing the NCAA career draw control records ... Hamm is currently in 10th place on the list and trails Vanderbilt's Ally Carey by one for the ninth spot ... The Wayne, Pa., native is the only Blue Devil to top the 200 career draw control mark and holds the school record with 238 ... This season, Hamm is averaging 5.0 draw controls per game to lead the conference and rank ninth nationally ... Hamm set the Duke single season record (70) last season and is on pace to break that mark this year with 60 draw controls through 12 games.
All nine of Duke's freshmen class have seen playing time this season with four entering the starting lineup ... Kerrin Maurer and Taylor Trimble earned their first career starts in the season opener against Bucknell, while Erin Tenneson started at Dartmouth and Gabby Moise at North Carolina ... In addition, Trimble currently leads the team with 21 goals this season, followed by Maurer with 20 ... Duke has never finished a season with two freshmen leading the team in goals scored.
Freshman Kerrin Maurer is off to a prolific start to her collegiate career ... The Setauket, N.Y., native leads the team in assists (22) and points (42) and is second in goals (20) ... Maurer is third in the ACC, averaging 1.69 assists per game ... In the Duke freshmen records, she has already set the mark for assists and is currently tied for fourth in points ... Only three Blue Devil freshmen have ever led the team in points - Katie Chrest in 2003, Tricia Martin in 1997 and Meghan McLaughlin in 1996.