No. 8 Duke at No. 7 Boston College
Saturday, Oct. 26 l 1 p.m.
Newton, Mass. l Field Hockey Field
No. 8 Duke at Boston University
Sunday, Oct 27 l 1:30 p.m.
Boston, Mass. l New Balance Field
DURHAM, N.C. – The eighth-ranked Duke field hockey squad (11-4, 2-2 ACC) travels to Boston this weekend to take on ACC opponent Boston College Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. and non-conference foe Boston University Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Tale of the Tape
|Goals Scored Per Game||2.60||3.38||1.80|
|Shots on Goal-Attempts||151-254||173-276||132-220|
Boston College Series History
Duke and the Eagles will meet for the 15th time in program history Saturday with the series between the two schools tied at 7-7 … Boston College earned a 2-1 victory in Durham last fall after inclement weather interrupted the match for nearly an hour … Senior Brenna Rescigno was the lone Blue Devil to score in that contest.
Duke vs. the ACC
The Blue Devils are 80-167-4 all-time against teams in their own conference … The squad kicked off ACC play Sept. 27 with a thrilling 3-2 overtime shootout victory over previously top-ranked and unbeaten North Carolina before topping Wake Forest (3-1) and falling to Syracuse (2-1, 2OT) and Virginia (4-3).
Scouting the Eagles
Seventh-ranked Boston College is 12-4 overall and 1-3 in conference play heading into Saturday’s matchup … The squad is coming off of a 5-2 win over Harvard Wednesday evening in Newton … The Eagles lead the ACC in saves (102) and saves per game (6.38) and rank second in defensive saves, averaging 0.25 per outing … Midfielder Emma Plasteras has tallied 2.06 points per game to rank fourth in the conference … Plasteras is also tied for fourth in the ACC with 11 goals on the season and has totaled 11 assists as well to pace Boston College offensively with 33 points … Leah Settipane has started all 16 contests in goal, registering a 1.79 goals against average and a .772 save percentage.
Boston University Series History
Duke has won the last eight matchups with the Terriers and leads the all-time series by an 8-2 margin … The two teams last faced off in 2011, with the Blue Devils claiming a 1-0 victory in overtime … Redshirt senior Devon Gagliardi assisted Tara Jennings on the gamewinner in the 74th minute.
Duke vs. the Patriot League
The Blue Devils have compiled an all-time record of 18-6 against teams in the Patriot League … Boston University will be Duke’s first opponent from the Patriot League this season.
Scouting the Terriers
Boston University has notched a ledger of 10-5 overall entering a Friday evening contest against California … Freshman Amanda Cassera leads the Terrier offense with 16 points on eight goals … Goalkeeper Valentina Cerda has guided the defense to four shutouts, including a pair of 2-0 wins last weekend against Bucknell and Northeastern … Cerda owns a 1.30 goals against average to go with a .789 save percentage.
Last Time Out
Duke (11-4, 2-2 ACC) split two contests last weekend … The Blue Devils rallied from a 4-1 deficit on the road against ACC opponent Virginia but came up just short in a 4-3 loss Oct. 18 … The team returned home Oct. 20 with sophomore Amanda Kim and junior Jessica Buttinger scoring a pair of second-half goals in a shutout of then-No. 13 Stanford.
Blazing Among Nation’s Top Goalkeepers
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper and Durham, N.C., product Lauren Blazing ranks fifth among all Division I goalkeepers in save percentage with an .818 clip through 15 games … She has compiled a 1.23 goals against average in addition to guiding the defense to four shutouts … The Durham, N.C., native was named the ACC Player of the Week and the Ronald McDonald House Charities Duke Student-Athlete of the Week following a career-high 22-save performance in a 3-2 shootout win over previously top-ranked and unbeaten North Carolina Sept. 27.
Balanced Scoring by Blue Devil Offense
Fourteen different Duke players have tallied a point through 15 games this fall … Eleven different Blue Devils have registered a goal, led by senior Emmie Le Marchand with eight … Le Marchand paces the squad and is tied for ninth in the ACC with 24 points … Junior midfielder Abby Beltrani has totaled a career-best eight assists to tie for fifth in the ACC in assists per game along with Le Marchand … Five different players scored in Duke’s 6-0 win over Radford Sept. 22.
Heimbach Anchors Back Line
Senior defender Paula Heimbach continues to be one of the Blue Devils’ most dependable backs in 2013 … An All-ACC honoree and Longstreth/NFHCA third team All-America selection last fall, Heimbach was tabbed to the Preseason All-ACC squad last month by a vote of the league’s seven head coaches … She tallied the Blue Devils’ first defensive save of the year against Syracuse Oct. 11 … Heimbach and the Duke defense own four shutouts on the year and currently allow just 1.30 goals per game.
Le Marchand Moving Up Career Charts
After topping the 100-point mark for her career earlier this season, senior forward Emmie Le Marchand continues to etch her name into the program record books … With 115 points for her career, the Worcester, England product currently sits ninth overall in school history … Le Marchand also ranks eighth all-time in career goals (46) and 17th in career assists (23).
The Blue Devils’ eight-member senior class has guided the squad to its best start to a season since 2008 … Led by Emmie Le Marchand’s eight goals and Cherry Seaborn’s five tallies, the senior class has accounted for 51 percent of Duke’s point total this fall … Defensively, Brenna Rescigno and Paula Heimbach have anchored the unit to four shutouts.
ACC Well-Represented in NFHCA Coaches Poll
The ACC continues to dominate the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, placing six schools within the top eight … The Blue remained at No. 8 in the poll this week following last weekend’s action … Maryland maintains the top spot in this week’s poll while North Carolina moved back up to No. 2 … Syracuse (3), Virginia (5) and Boston College (7) are also within the top 10.