No. 9 Duke vs. Ohio State
Apr. 20, 2013 l 1 p.m.
Durham, N.C. l Koskinen Stadium
No. 9 Duke Returns Home Saturday to Face Ohio State
Ninth-ranked Duke (10-4, 2-3 ACC) returns home Saturday, Apr. 20 at 1 p.m. to face Ohio State from Koskinen Stadium … The Blue Devils are 8-1 this spring against non-conference foes following a 14-6 road victory over Davidson Wednesday, Apr. 17 … The Buckeyes enter the matchup with a ledger of 6-7 and a 1-3 mark in the American Lacrosse Conference after falling to Penn State, 14-12, on Apr. 14 … The Blue Devils will celebrate Alumni Weekend at Saturday’s contest.
Ohio State Series History
Saturday’s contest marks just the third all-time meeting between Duke and Ohio State with the series tied at 1-1 ... The two teams will face off for the first time since 2011.
Last Time We Met
The two teams last met in Durham Feb. 12, 2011 with Duke routing the Buckeyes by a score of 21-9 in the season opener ... The Blue Devils totaled 21 goals on 29 shots while tying a program single-game high with 13 assists ... Five Duke players tallied three or more goals, led by 2012 graduates Kat Thomas and Emma Hamm with four each ... Fellow 2012 graduate Mollie Mackler started in goal, posting eight saves in the win.
Current Blue Devils vs. Ohio State
Three current Blue Devils have recorded at least one point against Ohio State in their careers ... Redshirt junior Maddie Salamone registered a career-high three points on three goals against the Buckeyes during the 2011 meeting while senior attacker Makenzie Hommel also completed a hat trick in addition to providing one assist ... Senior defender Lauren Martin posted three caused tunovers in that contest.
Duke vs. the ALC
The Blue Devils are 27-16 all-time against teams from the American Lacrosse Conference ... Duke is 1-1 against ALC members this spring after defeating Vanderbilt (March 2) and falling to then-No. 4 Northwestern (Apr. 12).
Scouting the Buckeyes
Ohio State is 6-7 on the spring and 1-3 in the American Lacrosse Conference following an 14-12 loss to then-No. 7 Penn State in its last outing on Apr. 14 ... The Buckeyes enter Saturday’s action averaging 15.3 goals per game over the last four contests ... Jackie Cifarelli (15g, 34a), Katie Chase (34g, 4a) and Cara Facchina (22g, 16a) pace the squad offensively with Chase also leading the team in draw controls ... Cifarelli ranks second in the ALC and 10th in the NCAA at 2.6 assist per game ... On defense, Tayler Kuzma has posted 18 caused turnovers and 31 ground balls ... Tori DeScenza has started all 13 contests in goal for Ohio State, logging a 10.47 goals against average and a .424 save percentage.
Scouting the Blue Devils
No. 9 Duke ended a three-game slide Wednesday with a 14-6 victory at Davidson ... The Blue Devils own an overall record of 10-4 and are fourth in the ACC standings with a conference ledger of 2-3 ... Sophomore Kerrin Maurer leads the team in points (51) and assists (24) while senior Makenzie Hommel has scored a team-high 36 goals ... Maurer was second in the league in assists per game (1.62) and fifth in points per game (3.54) at the beginning of the week ... Junior Taylor Virden leads Duke with an average of 1.93 ground balls per contest and moved into eighth place on the Blue Devils’ all-time draw controls chart with 111 for her career ... Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea is 6-3 this spring with a 9.06 goals against average and a .530 save percentage in 10 appearances.
Last Time Out
Seven different Blue Devils scored as ninth-ranked Duke topped Davidson, 14-6, Wednesday in Davidson, N.C. ... The win ended a three-game slide for the Blue Devils, who at 10-4 have reached double-digits in the wins column for 16 consecutive seasons ... Sophomore Kerrin Maurer paced the attack with five points on two goals and three assists while classmate Taylor Trimble tallied her third hat trick of the season ... Junior Maddy Morrissey won a career-high six draw controls and fellow junior Taylor Virden added four as Duke won the category by a 15-6 margin to dominate possession ... Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea finished with nine saves and two ground balls as the Blue Devil defense limited its opponent to single-digit scoring for the seventh time this spring.
In the Month of April
Duke has played 116 games in April in program history ... The Blue Devils are 69-47 all-time during the month ... The squad is 1-2 in the month this year following Wednesday’s win at Davidson.
vs. Unranked Opponents
The Blue Devils are 105-12 all-time when facing unranked team with a 7-1 ledger against unranked foes this season ... Prior to suffering a 10-9 loss to unranked Boston College Apr. 6 in Newton, Mass., Duke had not lost to an unranked opponent since falling 14-13 in overtime to Towson on March 25, 1997 for a streak of 95 consecutive wins.
Home Sweet Home
The Blue Devils have been tough to beat at Koskinen Stadium in recent years ... From 2007-12, the program notched a 48-10 record when playing at home, including 10-0 marks in both 2007 and 2011 ... Duke is 6-1 in Koskinen this season and 124-39 all-time in home contests ... The Blue Devils’ only loss at home this spring was a 12-11 defeat at the hands of then-No. 3 North Carolina in overtime on March 28.
Duryea Maturing Quickly in the Cage
Freshman Kelsey Duryea has been solid in the net since making her first appearance in the second half against Maryland on Feb. 24 ... Duryea has started all nine contests since then, ranking second nationally in saves per game heading into the week ... The Beverly, Mass., native also ranked third in the country in save percentage and paced the ACC in saves per game and save percentage ... Duryea recorded a season-high 15 stops against North Carolina on March 28.
Blue Devils in the National Landscape
In the April 15 edition of the NCAA’s Division I team statistics, Duke was tied for 23rd nationally in scoring offense with an average of 12.69 goals scored per game ... The Blue Devils also ranked among the top 20 teams in the country in scoring margin (20th, 3.69).
Devilish on Defense
The Blue Devils’ defense ranks third in the ACC and is tied for 22nd nationally, allowing opponents 9.00 goals per game heading into the week ... Duke has limited opponents to single-digit scoring seven times this season, including in a three-game span against Jacksonville (March 13), Dartmouth (March 17) and Virginia (March 23) ... The team collected the second shutout in program history and first since the 1998 season in a 23-0 victory over Presbyterian (Feb. 10) ... Sophomore defender Gabby Moise ranked second in the ACC in caused turnovers per game entering the week while junior Taylor Virden ranked fifth and first in ground balls per game.
Sophomore Taylor Trimble has registered a point in a career-best 13 straight contests entering Saturday’s game against Ohio State ... Senior Makenzie Hommel has scored at least one point in nine consecutive contests.
Virden Quick on the Draw
Through 14 games, Duke leads its opponents in draw controls by a 175-154 margin and is 8-1 this spring when winning the draw controls category ... Junior defender Taylor Virden leads the squad with 43 draw controls this spring for an average of 3.07 per game, which ranked her fifth in the ACC entering the week ... The Ellicott City, Md., native won a career-best six draws earlier this season against Vanderbilt (3/2), and has registered three or more draws in eight games overall ... Virden is now eighth on Duke’s all-time list for career draw controls with 111 in three seasons.
Scheduling the Best
Duke’s 2013 slate currently features six teams ranked in the top 20 of the latest IWLCA Coaches Poll ... The Blue Devils suffered their first loss of the season against then-No. 4 Maryland on Feb. 24 ... The Terrapins moved up to the top spot in the following week’s IWLCA poll ... Duke has notched wins against No. 11 Georgetown (March 9), No. 13 Dartmouth (March 17) and No. 9 Virginia (March 23).
Rookies Make Immediate Impact
Six Blue Devil freshmen have seen the field so far this season with Kelci Smesko and Kelsey Duryea entering the starting lineup ... Smesko and classmate Maddy Acton each collected their first collegiate goals in the season opener against Virginia Tech (Feb. 8) ... Smesko has started every contest at attack and has tallied 28 points on 18 goals and 10 assists, with the 10 helpers ranking her second on the squad ... Acton has played in every game, recording 15 points (12g, 3a) ... Duryea made her first appearance between the pipes in the second half against Maryland and has started the nine games since then ... Duryea ranked second in the country in saves per game and was third nationally in save percentage entering the week ... The native of Beverly, Mass., posted a season-high 15 saves against North Carolina (March 28).
Attack Duo Moving Up Career Lists
Senior Makenzie Hommel and sophomore Kerrin Maurer have both started the 2013 season in strong fashion ... Hommel has registered a team-high 36 goals to go with eight assists for a total of 44 points, while Maurer owns 27goals and leads the team in assists (24) and points (51) ... Hommel surpassed the 100-point mark for her career with a two-goal performance against Boston College (Apr. 6) ... Maurer reached the 100-point barrier with a five-point performance against Davidson (Apr. 17) and is also approaching the 50-assist milestone with 48 in just her second season.