DURHAM, N.C. – Duke returns home to host first and second rounds of the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive season. The second-seeded Blue Devils face Miami (Ohio) in first round action Saturday at 11:30 a.m. from Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. The winner advances to Sunday’s second round to face the winner of a first round meeting between Maryland and Wake Forest.
NO. 2 DUKE VS. MIAMI – NCAA FIRST ROUND
Saturday, 11:30 a.m. l Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium – Durham, N.C.
• The Blue Devils and the RedHawks will square off for the second time this season and for just the fourth time overall Saturday.
• Duke has claimed each of the previous three meetings between the squads, including a 2-0 win Oct. 15 in Durham. Second-half goals by junior Rose Tynan and senior Ashley Kristen propelled the Blue Devils to their sixth shutout of the season in that matchup.
• Two goals by Paula Portugal sent Miami past No. 16 Stanford, 2-1, in Wednesday’s opening round. Portugal fired home the game winner with just over 90 seconds remaining.
• Portugal paces Miami’s attack with 51 points on 20 goals and 11 assists.
• The RedHawks head to Durham with a 12-8 ledger. The squad captured the MAC Championship to secure the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2013.
• The Blue Devils are 55-7-3 historically against teams fromm the Mid-American Conference.
• Duke has not previously faced a MAC opponent in NCAA Championship action.
Duke in the NCAA Championship
• The Blue Devils are 22-15 historically in NCAA Tournament play with six national semifinal appearances and four trips to the national championship match. The program is coming off of an appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals last fall.
• Duke is 12-3 all-time in first round contests and 7-1 when playing at home in Durham.
• The program has received a bid 16 times, including six out of the last seven years under the direction of head coach Pam Bustin.
• Ten of Duke’s opponents this season were selected to the NCAA Tournament field, with the Blue Devils compiling an 8-3 ledger against those foes.
• The strength of the ACC was on display again this fall, with six of the seven conference squads earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Duke and North Carolina were both tabbed top four seeds.
• The Blue Devils have reached the 16-win mark for the second consecutive season. Duke last recorded 17 victories in a season in 2013 and set a school record with 20 wins in 2003.
• Duke has gotten on the board first in all 16 of its victories on the season.
By the Numbers
0 - Previous NCAA Tournament meetings between the Blue Devils and Miami
2 - Duke’s ranking in the final NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll of the season
4 - Multiple-goal games this season for junior Rose Tynan, who had two tallies in the quarterfinal win over Boston College
3 - Wins for Duke this fall against top 10 teams
.727 - The Blue Devils’ winning percentage against teams in the 2017 NCAA Championship field (8-3)
97 - Wins for Pam Bustin as the head coach of the Duke program
503 - Victories totaled by the Duke program since it was established in 1971
ACC Tournament Rewind
• After playing to an overtime shootout during the regular season, Duke and Boston College needed overtime again in the ACC Championship quarterfinals.
• Sophomore midfielder Margaux Paolino knocked in the game winner four minutes into overtime to lift the second-seeded Blue Devils to the 3-2 victory.
• The Blue Devils put together an impressive performance in 100 minutes of action in the tournament semifinals, but ultimately fell to host Louisville, 3-2, in an overtime shootout.
• Paolino and senior back Alyssa Chillano both earned spots on the ACC All-Tournament Team.
Home Sweet Home
• The Blue Devils will look to defend their home turf for the last time this season during this weekend’s NCAA Tournament action. The squad wrapped up the regular season with an 8-1 ledger at home.
• The program owns a 39-10 home record over the past five seasons.
• The senior class has led the Blue Devils to a 28-7 record at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.