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No. 10 Duke Kicks Off Road Play This Weekend
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Release: 09/05/2013
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Game 3
No. 10 Duke at No. 3 Princeton
Friday, Sept. 6 l 6 p.m.
Princeton, N.J. l Bedford Field

Game 4
No. 10 Duke at Rutgers
Sunday, Sept. 8 l 1 p.m.
Piscataway, N.J. l Bauer Track and Field/Field Hockey Complex

Princeton Live Video l Princeton Live Stats l Rutgers Live Stats l Twitter

DURHAM, N.C. – After kicking off the 2013 campaign with a pair of victories against Indiana and No. 17 Drexel, the Duke field hockey team will travel to the state of New Jersey this weekend for its first road contests of the season. The Blue Devils will take on reigning national champion and third-ranked Princeton Friday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. before facing Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J., Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m.

Princeton Series History
Friday’s contest marks the seventh all-time meeting between Duke and Princeton with the Tigers holding a 4-2 advantage in the series … The two teams squared off in Durham last fall, with Princeton notching a 5-2 win in a battle of top-five squads … The Blue Devils own an all-time record of 1-2 when facing Princeton on the road.  

Duke vs. The Ivy League
The Blue Devils are 11-4 all-time against teams from The Ivy League … Princeton was the only Ivy League team Duke faced during the 2012 campaign.

Scouting the Tigers
Princeton opens its 2013 slate against the Blue Devils Friday night in Princeton, N.J. … Ranked No. 3 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I preseason poll, the Tigers are coming off of a historic season which saw the program capture its 21st Ivy League title and first national championship crown … Princeton will be without 2012 Ivy League Player of the Year Kathleen Sharkey, who graduated last May … Sharkey led the nation in scoring last fall and established school records in career goals (107) and points (245) … A total of five players earned All-America accolades last season, including 2013 graduates Sharkey, Julia Reinprecht and Katie Reinprecht and returners Michelle Cesan and Christina Maida.  

Rutgers Series History
Duke and Rutgers will meet for just the third time in program history Sunday, Sept. 8 … The Scarlet Knights lead the all-time series 1-0-1 … The two teams have not met since 1989, when Rutgers claimed a 2-1 victory in overtime.

Duke vs. The Big East
The Blue Devils own an all-time ledger of 40-31-3 against current Big East teams … Duke went 1-2 against schools from The Big East last season.

Scouting the Scarlet Knights
Rutgers enters the weekend 1-1 after falling to Boston College, 2-1, in its season opener and topping Vermont by a 5-2 score two days later … The squad hosts LaSalle Friday, Sept. 6 before taking on the Blue Devils Sunday … The Scarlet Knights finished the 2012 season 9-10 while going 2-4 in Big East action … Senior Lisa Patrone returns this fall after leading the team with 19 points (8g, 3a) last season … Goalkeeper Sarah Stuby also returns after starting all 19 games between the pipes in 2012.

Last Time Out
Tenth-ranked Duke opened the season in Durham for the first time since 2009, hosting Indiana and No. 17 Drexel at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium last weekend … Behind solid defensive play, the Blue Devils posted a 4-0 shutout against the Hoosiers Friday, Aug. 30 … The squad’s four goals were the most in a season opener since 2005 … Freshman Heather Morris posted a hat trick in her only second collegiate game to lead Duke to a 4-1 win over the 17th-ranked Dragons Sunday, Sept. 1.

Le Marchand Approaching Century Mark
With five points this season on two goals and one assist, senior forward Emmie Le Marchand owns 96 career points heading into this weekend’s contests … She stands to become the 11th player in program history to reach the 100-point mark for her career … A product of Worcester, England, Le Marchand currently ranks 11th in program history with 40 career goals.

Rookie Collects Hat Trick Against Drexel
Freshman forward Heather Morris scored two goals in the first half and one in the second to register a hat trick in only her second collegiate game in the win over the Dragons … The rookie leads all Duke scorers after two games with six points on three goals … Her three goals in the opening weekend tie her for third in the ACC in goals scored.

Heimbach Anchors Back Line
Senior defender Paula Heimbach continues to be one of the Blue Devils’ most dependable backs in 2013 … An All-ACC honoree and Longstreth/NFHCA third team All-America selection last fall, Heimbach was tabbed to the Preseason All-ACC squad last month by a vote of the league’s seven head coaches … Heimbach and the Duke defense earned a shutout in the season opener against Indiana and allowed just one goal in the team’s opening weekend of action.

Blazing Off to Strong Start Between the Pipes
Redshirt sophomore Lauren Blazing returns for her second season as Duke’s starter in goal … The Durham, N.C., native has posted five saves against 19 shots faced over the first two games while boasting a 0.50 goals against average … She guided the Blue Devil defense to the program’s first shutout in a season opener since 2009 against Indiana.

Seaborn Making an Impact Up Front
Graduate student Cherry Seaborn tallied a goal in each of Duke’s first two games of the season … The forward joined the Duke program this summer from Durham University in Durham, England and is enrolled in The Master of Management Studies program at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.