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Duke Kicks Off NCAA Tournament vs. Virginia
Thursday 05/13/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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Game 18
May 13, 2012 l 2 p.m.
NCAA Tournament First Round
Durham, N.C. l Koskinen Stadium

Duke, Virginia Face Off in NCAA First Round 
No. 7 seed Duke faces No. 10 Virginia in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13 at Koskinen Stadium. The game will be streamed live on NCAA.com.

2012 Season Notes 
No. 7 Duke is 11-6 overall and 3-2 in the ACC ... The Blue Devils are making their 15th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the third longest active streak in Division I ... Duke is 16-14 all-time in the tournament and 10-3 in the opening round ... Freshman Kerrin Maurer is the team's leading scorer with 48 points (24g, 24a) and classmate Taylor Trimble leads the team lead with 26 goals ... Senior Kim Wenger has totaled a career-high 23 goals and is second on the team with 41 points, while redshirt senior Emma Hamm is third with 37 points (19g, 18a) ... Hamm leads the squad with 84 draw controls, a Duke single season record, and sits atop the ACC with a 4.94 draw controls per game average ... Hamm also leads the team with 19 caused turnovers ... Duke has held 12 of its 17 opponents to nine goals or fewer this season ... The Blue Devils own a team goals against average of 8.63, their lowest mark since the 2006 season ... Senior Mollie Mackler has started all 17 games in goal and sports a .456 save percentage and career-best 8.54 goals against average.

Duke in the NCAA Tournament  
2012 marks the 15th consecutive season Duke has earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament ... The Blue Devils are one of six programs with consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances of six years or more, joining Maryland (23), Virginia (17), Northwestern (8), North Carolina (7) and Penn (6) ... Duke is 16-14 all-time in the postseason event ... The Blue Devils hold a 10-3 record in the opening round, 6-5 record in the quarterfinals and 0-6 record in the semifinals ... Duke has advanced to the national semifinals six times (1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011).

Last Time Out 
Duke topped No. 10 Penn, 12-5, Saturday, April 28 in its regular season finale ... Nine different Blue Devils recorded a point in the contest and Duke dominated the draw, 15-4 ... Emma Hamm (2g, 1a) and Kim Wenger (1g, 2a) paced the Duke offense with three points each ... Taylor Trimble and Makenzie Hommel also chipped in with two goals apiece ... The Blue Devils led 7-5 at the half and outscored the Quakers 5-0 in the second frame ... Goaltender Mollie Mackler made six saves and also contributed two caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Scouting the Cavaliers 
Virginia will make its 17 consecutive, and 23rd overall, NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012 ... The Cavaliers are 29-21 all-time in the postseason event and have captured three national championships (1991, 1993 and 2004) ... Virginia is 11-7 overall in 2012 ... The Cavalier offense is led by senior Josie Owen with 76 points on 41 goals and 35 assists ... Freshman Sloane Warren is second on the team in goals (26) and points (38), while senior Julie Gardner is third with 33 points  on 20 goals and 13 assists ... Junior goaltender Kim Kolarik has started 17 of the Cavaliers' 18 games and sports a 9.88 goals against average.

Virginia Series History 
Sunday's match marks the 29th all-time meeting between Duke and Virginia ... The Cavaliers lead the series 19-9 ... Duke is 2-8 when facing UVa in Durham ... The two teams have met on four occasions in the NCAA Tournament ... Virginia holds a 3-1 advantage over the Blue Devils in NCAA contests ... Duke and Virginia have met once in the NCAA First Round, a 15-13 Blue Devil victory on May 10, 2009 in Durham.

Last Time They Met 
Virginia scored nine goals in the second half to top Duke, 14-12, Saturday, March 24 in Durham ... The Blue Devils won the draw, 9-5, in the first stanza, but Virginia controlled possession in the second half with a 10-4 draw control advantage ... The Cavaliers outscored the Blue Devils, 9-4, after halftime and led in shots, 26-25 ... Amanda Jones, Molly Quirke and Taylor Trimble scored two goals each for Duke ... Both Kerrin Maurer and Kim Wenger totaled a goal and two assists in the contest, while Maddy Morrissey chipped in with a goal and an assist ... Virginia was led by Katie Slater with four goals and Josie Owen with two goals and three assists ... In goal, Mollie Mackler posted nine saves, while Virginia's Kim Kolarik made five stops on the afternoon.

Current Blue Devils vs. Virginia 
Ten current Blue Devils have registered at least one point against Virginia during their careers ... Redshirt senior Emma Hamm (8g, 3a) leads the way with 11 points.

Blue Devils vs. the ACC 
Duke posted a 3-2 record this season in ACC competition ... The Blue Devils are 37-26 all-time in conference regular season games ... Duke finished second in the league standings for the second consecutive season and fourth time overall ...  The Blue Devils earned conference wins over Boston College, Maryland and Virginia Tech, while dropping decisions to North Carolina and Virginia ... Taylor Trimble led Duke with 11 goals in five ACC games, while Emma Hamm (7g, 5a) and Kim Wenger (5g, 7a) both chipped in a team-high 12 points ... Hamm collected a team-best 24 draw controls ... The Blue Devils allowed 9.20 goals per game in ACC play ... Goaltender Mollie Mackler started all five games and led the ACC in save percentage (.417) and saves per game (6.00) in conference matches.

In the Month of May 
Duke has played 42 games in May in program history ... The Blue Devils are 27-15 all-time during the fifth month of the year ... Duke holds a 19-4 record when playing at home in May.

Home Sweet Home 
The Blue Devils have been tough to beat at Koskinen Stadium ... Duke is 6-3 this season and 117-38 all-time in home contests ... Since 2007, Duke has posted a 48-10 record when playing at home, including 10-0 marks in both 2007 and 2011.

Playing the Best 
Duke has faced a tough schedule in 2012 ... Eleven of the Blue Devils' 17 opponents this season were ranked at the time of the game ... Sunday's game against No. 10 Virginia marks Duke's 12th contest against a ranked opponent this season.

Against Ranked Opponents 
The Blue Devils are 114-93 all-time and 5-6 in 2012 when facing ranked opponents ... All six of Duke's losses this season have come at the hands of ranked teams ... The Blue Devils average 8.64 goals per game against top-20 teams, while allowing 9.09 goals per game ... Duke has scored in double digits in six games and allowed teams 10-plus goals in just three of 11 games.

One Goal Games 
The Blue Devils improved to 27-28 all-time in games decided by one goal after topping No. 20 Boston College, 12-11 ... Duke is 3-1 in one-goal games this season ... Since 2010, the Blue Devils have played in eight one-goal games, posting a 6-2 record in that span.

Balanced Attack 
Eighteen Duke players have recorded at least one point this season with eight totaling 17 or more points and seven with 25-plus point totals ... The Blue Devils are the only team in the ACC to not have a player rank in the top-18 in the conference in goals scored, despite the fact that Duke has the most players with 25-plus point totals (7) in the league.
 
Devilish Defense 
The Blue Devils rank third in the ACC and 11th nationally in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 8.71 goals per game ... Duke has limited 12 opponents to nine goals or fewer this season ... The Blue Devils did not allow an opponent to score in double figures from February 25 to March 17, a string of six straight games ... That streak is tied for the second longest in Duke history.

Elite Company
Redshirt senior Emma Hamm has established herself as one of the best players in Duke history ... Hamm is the first player in program history with 75 or more goals, assists, ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers in a career ... She is also the 14th player in program history to reach the 100-goal plateau, the fifth to record 75-plus career assists and the fourth to achieve both. 

Wenger Reaches Century Mark
Senior Kim Wenger collected three points in the regular season finale against Penn to become the 18th Blue Devil to top the 100-point plateau in a career ... She has totaled 101 points on 57 goals and 44 assists during her four years in Durham ... The Malvern, Pa., native ranks 18th in points, 20th in goals and 13th in assists for a career at Duke.

Senior Trio Members of Select Group
With three points versus Penn on April 28, senior Kim Wenger joined teammates Emma Hamm and Kat Thomas in an elite group in program history ... Hamm, Thomas and Wenger have each totaled over 100 points and 100 draw controls for a career ... Only seven Blue Devils have ever accomplished this feat in Carolyn Davis, Katie Chrest, Caroline Cryer, Hamm, Rachel Sanford, Thomas and Wenger.

Thomas Returns from Injury
After missing the first 13 games of the season due to injury, senior Kat Thomas returned to action against Boston College on April 7 ... A preseason All-America choice, Thomas ranks fourth in the Duke record books in draw controls (155), 14th in goals (108) and 17th in points (117) for a career ... She has totaled four goals, five points, three ground balls, six draw controls and three caused turnovers in four games this season.

Mackler in Goal
Senior goaltender Mollie Mackler has posted a career-best 8.53 goals against average this season, the lowest mark by a Blue Devil goalie since Megan Huether posted a 7.34 goals against average in 2006 ... The Longmeadow, Mass., native (8.53 gaa, 7.06 spg) is one of just four DI goalies to sport a goals against average under nine while also averaging seven or more saves per game, joining Fairfield's Katie Keenan (7.54 gaa, 7.13 spg), Towson's Mary Teeters (8.19 gaa, 8.22 spg) and Harvard's Kelly Weis (8.39 gaa, 8.06 spg).

Welcome to Duke
One of the more diverse groups to matriculate at Duke, the Class of 2015 is comprised of nine freshmen from eight different states ... All nine of the Blue Devil freshmen have seen playing time with four entering the starting lineup at least once this year ... Kerrin Maurer and Taylor Trimble earned their first career starts in the season opener against Bucknell, while Erin Tenneson started against Virginia and Gabby Moise at North Carolina.

Freshmen Firsts
Freshmen Taylor Trimble and Kerrin Maurer currently lead the team with 26 and 24 goals, respectively ... Duke has never finished a season with two freshmen as its top goal scorers.

Immediate Impact
Freshman Kerrin Maurer has had an immediate impact in her rookie season as the Setauket, N.Y., leads Duke in both assists (24) and points (48) ... Only three freshmen have ever led the Blue Devils in points their rookie season: Katie Chrest (2003), Tricia Martin (1997) and Meghan McLaughlin (1996) ... Maurer began her career with a five-assist performance in the season opener against Bucknell, tying the school single-game record ... In the Duke freshmen record book, she has set the mark for assists, while ranking fourth in points.

Dynamic Duo
Freshmen Kerrin Maurer (24g, 24a) and Taylor Trimble (26g, 2a) have combined for 76 points this season ... Only one other freshmen duo - Emma Hamm and Sarah Bullard in 2008 - has combined for more points in program history.

Moise Steps Up
After Duke lost two seniors on the defensive unit, freshman Gabby Moise has stepped up to fill the void ... The rookie has started the past five games for the Blue Devils and earned her first start against North Carolina on March 30 ... Prior to the UNC match, she had seen playing time in just one game this year, the season opener against Bucknell ... In her four games as a starter, Moise has totaled four ground balls, six caused turnovers and one draw control ... She was named ACC Defensive Player of the Week on April 10, following her second start of the season, a 12-11 win over then-No. 20 Boston College. 

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