No. 6 Duke vs. Louisville
Sunday, Feb. 9 l 1 p.m.
Durham, N.C. l Koskinen Stadium
DURHAM, N.C. – Following a season-opening 25-4 victory over Elon Friday afternoon, the sixth-ranked Blue Devils continue their homestand Sunday, Feb. 9 against Louisville. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium.
Louisville Series History
Duke will face the Cardinals for the first time in program history Sunday afternoon ... Louisville will join the ACC for the 2015 season.
Scouting the Cardinals
Louisville returns nine starters and three All-BIG EAST selections from last year’s 11-6 team ... The Cardinals were picked to finish third in the conference’s preseason coaches poll, with senior defender Monica Negron, senior attacker Nikki Boltja and sophomore midfielder Kaylin Morissette all named to the preseason All-BIG EAST team ... Boltja paced the Cardinals’ offense in 2013, totaling 74 points on 63 goals and 11 assists ... Morissette amassed 45 points as a rookie last season while Negon recorded a team-high 23 caused turnovers and 31 ground balls.
Scouting the Blue Devils
Duke begins the 2014 campaign ranked sixth in the nation after going 14-6 (2-3 ACC) and reaching the NCAA Quarterfinals a year ago ... The Blue Devils were one of seven ACC schools ranked in the preseason IWLCA poll ... Head coach Kerstin Kimel’s squad returns 22 letterwinners and nine starters this spring, including 2013 IWLCA All-Americans Kelsey Duryea and Taylor Virden on defense ... Duryea and Virden also join attacker Kerrin Maurer and midfielder Taylor Trimble as the team’s returning All-ACC selections ... Duryea is coming off of an impressive rookie campaign between the pipes, as she ranked fourth nationally in save percentage and led the ACC in saves per game, save percentage and ground balls per game in 2013 ... Virden ranked second on the team in caused turnovers a year ago and paced the squad in draw controls … Maurer returns to quarterback the offense after leading Duke in points and assists last year … Trimble returns to the midfield after ranking second on the team in goals and draw controls as a sophomore last season.