No. 6 Duke vs. Elon
Friday, Feb. 7 l 3 p.m.
Durham, N.C. l Koskinen Stadium
DURHAM, N.C. – The sixth-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse program officially opens the 2014 campaign Friday, Feb. 7 when it welcomes in-state opponent and first-year program Elon to Koskinen Stadium at 3 p.m.
Elon Series History
Friday’s season opener marks the first meeting between Duke and first-year program Elon ... The Phoenix are coached by Josh Hexter, who served as an assistant coach under Duke head coach Kerstin Kimel from 2005-09 before being promoted to the Blue Devils’ associate head coach in 2010 ... Hexter is assisted at Elon by former Duke standout Virginia Crotty (‘11), a two-year starter at attack who ranks among the Blue Devils’ all-time leaders in assists.
Scouting the Phoenix
Elon enters its inaugural season facing a tough slate ... The squad’s non-conference schedule includes a trip to Chapel Hill to face reigning NCAA champion North Carolina March 12, as well as a contest at ACC program Virginia Tech Feb. 23 ... The Phoenix were tabbed fifth in the Atlantic Sun preseason coaches poll, with freshmen Molly Garrigan and Sydney Hesselbein earning spots on the conference’s Newcomer Watch List.
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.