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Blue Devils to Face No. 2 Virginia in Sweet 16 on Sunday
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 11/17/2012
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NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
Duke (14-5-2) at Virginia (18-4-1)
Sunday, Nov. 18    *  4:00 PM Twitter - @Duke_WSOC
Charlottesville, Va.  *  Klockner Stadium

Duke to Face No. 2 Virginia in NCAA Sweet 16 on Sunday...  
    For the fifth time out of the last six years, the 15th-ranked and third-seeded Duke women's soccer team (14-5-2) will play in a NCAA Sweet 16 contest as the Blue Devils will face second-ranked Virginia (18-4-1) on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 4:00 p.m., at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.  Fans can follow the action live via Twitter @Duke_WSOC.

 The Blue Devils have cruised into the Sweet 16 outscoring opponents 10-1 in two matches.  In those games, Kaitlyn Kerr has scored three goals, while Kim DeCesare has added two.  Cassie Pecht and Laura Weinberg have notched three assists each.  Seven different Duke student-athletes have scored in the two matches.

 Sunday's winner between Duke/Virginia will advance to the NCAA Elite Eight to face the winner of the Michigan at No. 1 seeded Penn State match.

A Look at Virginia...
 Virginia enters the match on Sunday as one of the hottest teams in the nation with an 18-4-1 record and winners of seven in a row.  The Cavaliers have scored four or more goals in six out of the last seven matches.  Virginia has been led by Caroline Miller (19 goals) and Makenzy Doniak (10 goals) so far on the season.  In the first two NCAA Tournament matches, Virginia has outscored its opponents, 10-2.

The Series with Virginia...
 Duke and Virginia will meet for the 34th time in school history with the Cavaliers leading the overall series 15-11-7.  In matches played in Charlottesville, Va., Duke holds a 4-8-3 mark.  No current member of the Blue Devil squad has defeated Virginia as the last victory by Duke was on Nov. 20, 2008 (2-0) in the NCAA Tournament.  Earlier this season, Virginia won 1-0 on a late goal.  Duke and Virginia tied, 0-0, last season, while the Cavaliers won the previous two meetings.  The Blue Devils have not scored against Virginia since a 2-0 win in 2008 at UVA.  In the last five contests at Virginia, Duke has scored only two goals. 

NCAA Tournament in Charlottesville, Va....
 Duke has registered a 5-0 record all-time in NCAA Tournament action in Charlottesville, Va.  The Blue Devils netted a 2-0 win over the Cavaliers in the second round in 1992, defeated VCU (2-1) and third-ranked Virginia (3-0) in 2004, knocked off 11th-ranked Virginia (2-0) in 2008 and collected a 4-1 win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.  In those games, the Blue Devils have outscored the Cavaliers, 7-0. 

In the Last Meeting...
 Duke outshot Virginia, 19-14, but dropped a 1-0 decision to the Cavaliers on Sept. 30, 2012 in Charlottesville, Va.  Makenzy Doniak tallied a goal at the 87:21 mark to pull out the victory.  Gilda Doria led Duke with five shots, while Cassie Pecht and Kim DeCesare added three shots each.  Tara Campbell chipped in five saves in goal.

Top Freshmen on Display...
 Two of the top freshmen in the ACC will be on display on Sunday with Duke's Cassie Pecht (6 goals, 14 assists) and Virginia's Makenzy Doniak (10 goals, 8 assists). 

Back In Action...
 Duke hit the field on Friday for only the third time over the last 26 days.  The Blue Devils played on Oct. 28 at Wake Forest and dropped a 1-0 overtime decision and before winning their first round NCAA Tournament match on Saturday, Nov. 10 against Loyola (Md.).

Campbell Named Finalist of Senior CLASS Award...
 Tara Campbell has been named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which is presented to a senior student-athlete and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

 Fans can go online at to vote once per day for Campbell through Nov. 19.
Campbell, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the top goalkeepers in the nation owning 30 shutouts and 0.91 goals against average over her career. The 5-8 Campbell is only four shutouts away from the Duke career record of 34 held by Melissa Carr and is currently second all-time in goals-against average.

Duke in the NCAA Tournament...
 By earning a No. 3 seed and at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament, the Blue Devils reached the big show for the 10th straight season and the 19th time in school history. Duke has won at least one contest in the tournament in 10 out of the last 11 years.

 The Blue Devils hold an overall record of 28-18 in tournament play and advanced to the NCAA Championship match a season ago before falling to Stanford, 1-0. 

 Duke is four years removed from back-to-back NCAA Elite Eight appearances (2007 and 2008). In 2008, the Blue Devils lost to No. 2 UCLA in the Elite Eight.

 The 10 straight NCAA Tournament appearances for Duke ranks tied for 12th overall -- UNC (31), Notre Dame (20), Virginia (19), Penn State (18), Texas A&M (18), Wake Forest (17), UCLA (16), Stanford (15), Florida State (13), Portland (13), West Virginia (13), Boston College (10), Duke (10), Florida (10).

 Duke has won three out of its last five matches in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. 
 Over the last two years in the NCAA Tournament, Duke has outscored its opponents, 26-5.

Noting Duke...

  • Duke and Virginia have posted the second-most goals scored (10) in the 2012 NCAA Tournament behind North Carolina (11).
  • With its 10 goals scored over the first two rounds of the NCAAs, Duke shattered its previous high of eight from a year ago. 
  • Two of the top offensive teams in the nation will hit the field on Sunday as Duke ranks second nationally (2.95), while Virginia is fifth (2.83).
  • Laura Weinberg's 2.00 points per game average is the highest in school history, with the next closest being 1.74 by Kelly Walbert (1994) and Casey McCluskey (2004).
  • During the 2011 NCAA Tournament, nine of Duke's 16 goals scored were by Kaitlyn Kerr (5), Mollie Pathman (2) and Kim DeCesare (2).
  • All 62 goals scored this season by Duke have been by either freshmen, sophomores or juniors.
  • Gilda Doria (11) and Cassie Pecht (14) have combined for 25 assists on the season for the Blue Devils.
  • Kim DeCesare leads Duke with five header goals on the year, while Kaitlyn Kerr is second with three. As a team, the Blue Devils have 13 on the year.
  • Tara Campbell has posted 53 career wins in goal for the Blue Devils.
  • Cassie Pecht's 14 assists on the season is the most by a freshman in the nation.
  • In the 14 victories this season, Duke has averaged 4.07 goals a contest. 
  • Libby Jandl owns a team-high 1,842 minutes played, while Natasha Anasi is second with 1,837 minutes on the season.
  • Laura Weinberg owns a team-best 17 career goals against ACC opponents. The next closest is Kim DeCesare (10) and Mollie Pathman (9).
  • Blue Devil goalkeeper Tara Campbell registered her fourth career assist at N.C. State on Oct. 11.
  • After scoring five goals the first seven matches, Gilda Doria was held scoreless the next 13 contests, before connecting on a goal on Friday against Miami (Ohio).
  • The Blue Devils are 13-0 this season when posting three or more goals.
  • Duke has scored 31 first half goals this season.
  • In six overtime matches this year, Duke owns a 2-2-2 record, while Laura Weinberg has notched two golden goals against Miami and Virginia Tech.
  • The Blue Devils are averaging 19.9 shots a match and have taken 417 in 21 contests.
  • Mollie Pathman has notched six assists in 14 matches since returning from the U-20 World Cup.
  • The Blue Devils have posted double-digit shots on goal in eight matches this season -- Elon (17), San Diego (14), Clemson (14), Miami (11), N.C. State (10), Francis Marion (11), Loyola (14) and Miami of Ohio (11). For the first time this season, Duke has posted back-to-back double-digit shots on goal.
  • Dating back to last season, eight of the nine Blue Devil losses have been by one goal.
  • All five of Duke's defenders who have started has registered at least one assist on the year. 
  • Duke allowed a total of 13 goals a season ago, but has let in 23 goals in 2012. Of the 23 goals, two have been own goals this season.
  • The Blue Devils have outscored opponents, 31-8, in the first half this season, while outshooting them 209-72.
  • Nine different players have scored goals on the season.
 •  All 11 starters and 90.9 percent of scoring returned in 2012 for the Blue Devils. 

U-20 World Cup Teammates and Coach to Face Off...
 Duke junior Mollie Pathman and sophomore Kelly Cobb will go up against their summer head coach, Steve Swanson, of the U-20 U.S. World Cup team on Sunday.  Cobb did not play in the early season match in Charlottesville, Va., due to an ankle injury.  Cavalier standout Morgan Brian also played on the U-20 squad with Cobb and Pathman.

Kerr Erupts in First Round...
 After totaling five goals in the regular season, junior Kaitlyn Kerr picked right up where she left off from the 2011 NCAA Tournament as the midfielder set a Duke NCAA Tournament record with a hat trick in the first round against Loyola (Md.).  The three goals tied a Duke single game record.  She owns a Blue Devil record nine career goals in the NCAA Tournament in three years at Duke.

Weinberg Notches Duke Single-Season Points Mark...
 Junior Laura Weinberg concluded the regular season with 15 goals and snapped a five-game scoreless streak on Friday with a goal against Miami (Ohio). 

 The 16 goals on the year ranks tied for second on Duke's single-season goals list.  The most goals in a season was 18 in 1994 by Duke's all-time leading scorer Kelly Walbert.  Her 42 points this season is a new single-season record as she notched four points on Friday to clip the record of 40 held by Kelly Walbert (1994) and Casey McCluskey (2004).

 Weinberg ranks second the ACC in goals (15), second in goals per game (0.75) and first shots (89), while ranking 11th nationally in goals, 14th in points, 15th in goals per game and 12th in points per game (1.9) -- rankings were prior to Friday's match.  

Scoring in the NCAAs...
 Duke boasts nine players who have scored goals in the NCAA Tournament -- Kaitlyn Kerr (9), Laura Weinberg (3), Kim DeCesare (4), Mollie Pathman (2), Gilda Doria (2), Katie Trees (2), Callie Simpkins (2), Kelly Cobb (2) and Cassie Pecht.  Both Weinberg and Kerr have registered at least one goal in three straight NCAA Tournaments.

 In just three years, Kerr is Duke's all-time NCAA Tournament scorer with nine tallies, including five in 2011.  Mollie Pathman is Duke's all-time leader in assists in tourney play with five.
 Duke All-Time NCAA Scoring
 9, Kaitlyn Kerr (2010-present)
 5, KayAnne Gummersall (2006-09)
 4, Sarah McCabe (2003-06)
 4, Katherine Remy (1992-95)
 4, Kim DeCesare (2010-present)
 3, Laura Weinberg (2010-present)

 Duke All-Time NCAA Assists
 5, Mollie Pathman (2010-present)
 5, Nicole Lipp (2009-present)
 4, Laura Weinberg (2010-present)
 3, Caitlin Connolly (1989-92)
 3, CJ Ludemann (2006-07)
 3, Lorraine Quinn (2004, 06-08)
 3, Kate Siebert (2002-05)
 3, Gilda Doria (2010-present)
 3, Cassie Pecht (2012)

Duke Looks to Make Another Run...
 Coming off a magical run to the NCAA Championship in 2011, the Blue Devils return a very experienced roster as Duke looks to start another run in 2012 to San Diego, Calif.  Head coach Robbie Church will look to its senior class of seven (including two redshirt juniors) to guide the Blue Devils back to the College Cup.  Duke outscored its opponents in the NCAA Tournament, 16-4, last year, but was also able to play 4-of-6 games at home.

Top Scoring Combinations...
 The Blue Devil duo of Laura Weinberg and Kim DeCesare have combined to score 30 goals so far this season, which is a new Duke single-season record for scoring combinations. 
 Duke's combination is tied for the highest scoring duo in the nation along with Penn State.
Duke's Highest Scoring Duos
30 - Laura Weinberg (16) & Kim DeCesare (14) in 2012
27 - KayAnne Gummersall (15) & Elisabeth Redmond (12) in 2008
26 - Kelly Walbert (18) & Andi Melde (8) in 1994
25 - Casey McCluskey (16) & Carolyn Riggs (9) in 2004
22 - Kelly Cobb (11) & Kaitlyn Kerr (11) in 2011
22 - Sherrill Kester (14) & Kasey Truman (8) in 1999

 Other top scoring duos nationally are Dayton (29) - Colleen Williams (17), Juliana Libertin (12) and Ashley Campbell (12); Princeton (29) - Jen Hoy (18) and Lauren Lazo (11); Mississippi (26) - Mandy McCalla (13) and Rafaelle Souza (13); Penn State (30) - Christine Nairn (15) and Maya Hayes (15); Colgate (25) - Jillian Kinter (14) and Catherine Williams (11); Denver (26) - Kristen Hamilton (14) and Kaitlin Bast (12).  Research provided by - bold teams are playing in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.