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Release: 11/04/2011
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Game 19
No. 8 Duke (12-6, 2-3 ACC) vs. No. 3 Maryland (15-3, 4-1 ACC)
November 4, 2011 - 3:30 p.m.
ACC Championship Semifinals - College Park, Md.
RSN (FS South, FS Florida, CSN Mid-Atlantic, NESN, FS Prime Ticket)

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Friday's Game
The eighth-ranked Duke field hockey team squares off with No. 3 Maryland Friday, Nov. 4 at 3:30 p.m., in the semifinal round of the 2011 ACC Championship. The game will be broadcast live on RSN (FS South, FS Florida, CSN Mid-Atlantic, NESN, FS Prime Ticket).

Maryland Series History 
Duke and Maryland have a long history dating back to the 1985 season ... The two teams have met 38 times with Maryland leading Duke 28-7-3 in the all-time series ... The Terrapins have won four straight against the Blue Devils ... Duke last defeated Maryland on Oct. 11, 2008, a 3-2 victory in College Park ... Duke and Maryland met earlier this season on Oct. 8, 2011 with Maryland edging Duke 2-1 despite the Blue Devils outshooting the Terrapins 15-9 ... Friday's contest marks the first time the Blue Devils and the Terrapins have met in the ACC Championship since 2005 ... Maryland is 5-0 against Duke in ACC Tournament play ... In their last ACC Tournament match-up, Maryland defeated Duke 4-3 on Nov. 4, 2005 in College Park, Md.

Scouting the Blue Devils
Duke, ranked eighth in the latest NFHCA National Coaches Poll and No. 8 in the latest RPI rankings, enters the Friday's semifinal with a 12-6 overall record ... The Blue Devils earned the No. 3 seed in the 2011 ACC Championship after posting a 2-3 conference record ... The Duke offense is led by sophomore Emmie Le Marchand with 15 goals and six assists ... Freshman Jessica Buttinger leads all Duke rookies with six goals and two assists, while senior Tara Jennings (6g, 4a) and juniors Devon Gagliardi (8g, 3a) and Mary Nielsen (5g, 4a) have all reached double figure point totals for the season ... Redshirt senior Samantha Nelson has started every game in goal and sports a 1.24 goals against average and a .709 save percentage.

Scouting the Terrapins 
Third-ranked Maryland, the No. 2 seed in the 2011 ACC Field Hockey Championship, holds a 15-3 overall record and a 4-1 mark in ACC play this season ... The Terrapins have won two straight after dropping a 2-1 decision to North Carolina on Oct. 22 ... The Terrapin offense is headlined by Jemma Buckley with 18 goals and six assists ... Katie Gerzabek and Jill Witmer are tied for second on the team with 15 goals each ... Melissa Vassalotti has played the majority of minutes in goal, posting a 1.74 goals against average and a .672 save percentage.

Duke in the ACC Tournament 
Duke earned its first conference tournament win since the 2005 season with the Blue Devils' 3-2 victory over Virginia on Thursday ... The Blue Devils are in search of their first ACC Tournament title in program history ... Duke is 14-28 (.333) all-time in ACC Championship play ... Duke had lost six straight games in the ACC Tournament prior to yesterday's victory over Virginia ... The Blue Devils hold a 4-5 record when playing conference championship games in College Park ... Duke is now 12-10 in first round games of the tournament ... In semifinal action, the Blue Devils own a 2-16 (.111) record ... Duke has not advanced the finals of the ACC Championship since the 2003 season.

Blue Devils in the ACC 
Duke finished the 2011 ACC regular season with a 2-3 conference record ... The Blue Devils topped ACC foes Wake Forest and Boston College, but fell to North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia ... Prior to this season, Duke had not won an ACC game since 2008 ... The Blue Devils are 36-91-2 all-time in ACC regular season games ... This season marked the 10th time Duke has finished third in the ACC standings.

ACC Honors
Sophomore Emmie Le Marchand, senior Stefanie Fee, senior Rhian Jones and redshirt senior Samantha Nelson were name to the 2011 All-ACC team as announced by the conference Nov. 1 ... Duke's four selections mark the most for the Blue Devils since Duke placed four players on the all-league squad in 2005 ... The honor is the third  for Jones, while Le Marchand, Fee and Nelson are making their first appearances on the All-ACC team ... Coach Pam Bustin was also named ACC Coach of the Year after guiding Duke to an 11-6 regular season record.

Devilish Defense
Duke boasts one of the best defenses in the country, allowing opponents just 21 goals in 17 games this season ... Prior to the start of the ACC Championship, the Blue Devils owned a team goals against average of 1.13, which ranked second in the ACC and eighth nationally ... Additionally, the Blue Devils have shut out six opponents this season, marking Duke's highest shutout total since the 2008 season.

In Goal
Redshirt senior Samantha Nelson has started every game in goal for the Blue Devils this season ... Prior to the start of the tournament, Nelson ranked second in the ACC and eighth nationally in goals against average (1.16) ... She had also posted the second-best save percentage in the league (.720) ... Nelson has five shutouts this season, bringing her career total to 17 shutouts ... In the Duke record books, Nelson ranks second in career goals against average (1.58), fifth in career saves (250) and 14th in career save percentage (.683) ... Should Nelson maintain her current goals against average, she would rank second in the Duke single season record books for that category.

vs. Ranked Opponents 
Ten of the Blue Devils' 17 games this season have been against opponents ranked in the top-20 of the NFHCA Coaches Poll ... Duke is 6-4 this season when facing ranked opposition ... The Blue Devils are 1-3 when facing top-5 teams ... Duke upset No. 1 and then-undefeated Old Dominion 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 16 to record the Blue Devils' first victory over a top-ranked team since downing Maryland 3-2 on Oct. 11, 2008.

Offensive Production 
Duke has scored 47 goals in 18 games this season, nearly doubling the total from 2010 (25 goals, 19 games) ... In addition, four Blue Devils have posted career-best years lead by sophomore All-ACC performer Emmie Le Marchand with 15 goals, six assists and 36 points ... Juniors Devon Gagliardi and Mary Nielsen as well as senior Tara Jennings are also enjoying career numbers this season ... Gagliardi ranks second on the team with eight goals and three assists, while Jennings is third with six goals and four assists ... Nielsen sits at fourth on the team with 14 points on five goals and four assists, including three game winners.

The Blue Devils have had a school single-season record seven games go to overtime this season ... The previous single-season record was six overtime contests during the 2006 season ... Duke is 3-4 this season in overtime games ... The Blue Devils have had two games determined in double overtime and one contest that ended after penalty strokes ... Duke is 0-3 in games that feature more that one overtime period.

Welcome to Duke 
Four freshmen -- Abby Beltrani, Lauren Blazing, Jessica Buttinger and Martine Chichizola -- joined the Duke field hockey program for the 2011 season ... Buttinger, a forward from Waterloo, Ontario , leads all Duke rookies with six goals, including one in yesterday's game against Virginia, and two assists this season.


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