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#32 Sam Payton
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
City/State: Cos Cob, Conn.
High School: Brunswick
Sam Payton Bio
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Updated: 09/17/2010


Preseason Second Team All-America selection ... ACC Academic Honor Roll selection ... pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.


2010: Played in 18 games … Duke’s top faceoff specialist, winning 133-of-234 restarts to rank 14th nationally … ranked second on the team with 80 ground balls and third in caused turnovers with 17 … tallied five goals and an assist for six points … registered game-winning goals at Georgetown (3/27) and versus Brown (3/30) … won 10-plus faceoffs in eight contests … picked up at least five ground balls in 10 outings … won 15-of-23 faceoffs and had six ground balls in NCAA semifinal win over top-ranked Virginia (5/29) … captured a season-best 14-of-18 restarts in 11-10 victory against Brown … also picked up eight ground balls against the Bears … went 14-of-19 at the X and collected seven ground balls in NCAA Tournament first round game versus Johns Hopkins (5/15) … won 12-of-16 faceoffs in 14-5 rout of Harvard (4/2) … has 517 faceoff wins for his career, ranking 17th all-time in NCAA history … ranks 19th in the NCAA records book in faceoffs attempted with 925.

2009: Saw the field in all 19 games in the midfield … led Duke in faceoffs, going 168-308 for a .545 win percentage … tops on the team in ground balls with 94 … tallied four goals and two assists for six points … won a career-high 17 faceoffs and had 12 ground balls against Holy Cross (3/3) … won at least 10 faceoffs in seven games … registered a goal in the NCAA first round game versus Navy (5/9) … handed out an assist in the NCAA Semifinal against Syracuse (5/23) … picked up at least two ground balls in 18 games … scooped at least five ground balls 11 times … All-ACC Academic.

2008: Played in 19 games and excelled as Duke’s lead faceoff specialist ... led the ACC and ranked seventh nationally in faceoff win percentage (.593) after winning 120-of-295 draws ... ranked third in the ACC and 32nd in the country in ground balls per game (4.32) ... received ACC Player of the Week honors after winning 14-of-19 (.737) faceoffs and picking up 10 ground balls in Duke’s 15-7 victory over Maryland (3/1) ... won 14-of-17 (.824) restarts with 12 ground balls against Dartmouth (3/29) ... had one goal and one assist along with a 10-of-15 (.667) showing at the X in Duke’s regular season win over Johns Hopkins (4/3) ... finished the year with three goals and four assists and a total of 82 ground balls ... named to the Academic All-ACC team for the second straight season.

2007: Saw action in all 20 games ... totaled eight points on seven goals and one assist ... scored a career-high two goals against both Denver (2/25) and Cornell (3/20) ... won 36-of-79 (.456) faceoffs on the year ... best day came against Denver (2/25) with 11 wins in 12 attempts (.917) ... named to the ACC All-Academic Team.

2006: Played in four games ... won five-of-nine (.556) faceoffs while picking up five ground balls.

Prep: Four-year letterman at the Brunswick School ... helped team to four-year record of 46-11 and four consecutive conference championships ... had 71 goals and 39 assists during prep career ... also played football, serving as team captain during final season ... helped football team to a pair of New England Class B titles in 2003 and 2004.

Personal: Son of Lincoln and Joanne Payton ... born April 29, 1987.

Sam Payton's Career Statistics

Year

GP-GS

G

A

Pts.

GB

F/O

Shots

2006

4-0

0

0

0

5

5-9

0

2007

20-0

7

1

8

21

36-79

23

2008

19-0

3

4

7

82

175-295

21

2009

19-0

4

2

6

94

168-308

19

2010

18-0

5

1

6

80

133-234

14

Total

80-0

19

8

27

282

517-925

77

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