DURHAM, N.C. - The 17th ranked Duke field hockey team will continue its homestand this weekend with games against Richmond and Old Dominion at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. The Blue Devils will face off against the 25th ranked Richmond Spiders on Friday evening at 6 p.m. and will return to action against the fifth ranked Old Dominion Monarchs on Sunday at 1 p.m. Live video and live stats will be available at www.GoDuke.com.
Duke's Last Time Out
Duke suffered two close losses last weekend to fall to 2-4 on the season. On Saturday, the Blue Devils fell to conference foe no. 13 Wake Forest 3-2 in double overtime with senior Mary Nielsen and sophomore Jessica Buttinger credited with the goals and junior Emmie Le Marchand and sophomore Abby Beltrani contributing assists.
On Sunday, the Blue Devils were defeated by no. 11 Northwestern 4-2. The Wildcats led the entire game but Duke earned goals from Nielsen and freshman Sarah Urdahl late in the second half to lead a comeback that was halted by the end of regulation.
Facing No. 25 Richmond
Duke leads the series with Richmond 20-6-2 with their last meeting, in 2010, resulting in a 2-0 victory for the Blue Devils. Earlier this week, the spiders, who are 3-2 on the season, cracked the top 25 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll for the first time in the 2012 season.
Facing No. 5 Old Dominion
Sunday's meeting is the first of two against the number five Monarchs for the Blue Devils. In 2011, the two teams faced each other in three hard fought battles that were all decided by one goal. The teams last met in the NCAA Quarterfinals where Old Dominion edged Duke 2-1 to advance to the final four. ODU's head coach Beth Anders is in her 30th and final season with Monarchs where she has earned a historic record of 546-130-7.
All six ACC field hockey teams are ranked in the top 20 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Poll that was released Tuesday, September 11. North Carolina grabbed the top spot, followed by Maryland at number four and Virginia in the ninth spot, while Wake Forest and Boston College nabbed the 13th and 18th slots.
Six Travel to Junior Pan Am's
Six Blue Devils are currently in Guadalajara, Mexico representing their respective countries in the 2012 Junior Pan American Games. The Junior World Cup qualifier began on September 10 and will continue until September 23. Sophomores Abby Beltrani and Lauren Blazing along with freshman Aileen Johnson and Hannah Barreca are representing the United States in the tournament while sophomore Jessica Buttinger and freshman Kendra Perrin are representing Canada. They will not be present for either game this weekend.
The Blue Devils will continue their homestand and return to ACC competition next weekend against No. 1 North Carolina on Friday, September 21, at 6 p.m. (ET). Then, on Sunday, September 23, they will line-up against No. 19 Michigan State at 1 p.m. (ET) on Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. A full recap will be available on www.GoDuke.com.