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Duke Heads to Northwestern for NCAA Quarterfinals
Thursday 05/19/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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Game 19
May 19, 2012 l 7 p.m. (CT)
Evanston, Ill. l Lakeside Field

Duke, Northwestern Meet in Quarterfinals
No. 7 seed Duke faces No. 2 seed Northwestern in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship at 7 p.m. (CT) Saturday, May 19 at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

2012 Season Notes 
No. 6 Duke is 12-6 overall (3-2 ACC) ... The Blue Devils are making their 15th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the third longest active streak in Division I, and eighth straight trip to the quarterfinals ... Duke is 17-14 all-time in the tournament and 6-5 in the second round ... Freshman Kerrin Maurer is the team's leading scorer with 48 points (24g, 24a) and classmate Taylor Trimble leads the team with 26 goals ... Senior Kim Wenger has totaled a career-high 25 goals and is second on the team with 43 points, while redshirt senior Emma Hamm is third with 40 points (20g, 20a) ... Hamm leads the squad with 87 draw controls, a Duke single season record ... Hamm also leads the team with 19 caused turnovers ... Duke has held 13 of its 18 opponents to nine goals or fewer this season ... The Blue Devils own a team goals against average of 8.65, their lowest mark since the 2006 season ... Senior Mollie Mackler has started all 18 games in goal and sports a .459 save percentage and career-best 8.56 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 17-14 all-time in the postseason event ... The Blue Devils hold a 11-3 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 downed No. 10 Virginia 11-9 Sunday, May 13 at Koskinen Stadium in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Duke's defense limited Virginia to just two goals on five shots after the two teams went into halftime tied 7-7 ... Kat Thomas led a balanced Blue Devil offense with a season-high three goals on the afternoon ... Emma Hamm (1g, 2a) and Maddy Morrissey (2g, 1a) totaled three points each, while Molly Quirke and Kim Wenger added two goals each ... Katie Slater led the Cavaliers with a four-goal performance, while Morgan Stephens added two ... In goal, Mollie Mackler made nine saves against nine goals against for her 12th win of the season ... The Blue Devils held a 15-7 advantage in draw controls, including a 12-3 margin in the first half ... Thomas and Taylor Virden came up with four draw controls each, followed closely by three from Hamm.

Scouting the Wildcats 
Northwestern advanced to the quarterfinal round with a 12-7 victory over Notre Dame on May 12 ... The Wildcats are making their 14th NCAA Tournament appearance ... Northwestern is 30-7 all-time in the postseason event with six national titles ... The Wildcats sport a 18-2 record in 2012 ... Shannon Smith leads Northwestern with 83 points on 61 goals and 22 assists ... Erin Fitzgerald has 58 points on 49 goals and nine assists, while Kara Mupo (32g, 6a), Casey Bocklet (12g, 22a) and Taylor Thornton (29g, 1) have each eclipsed the 30-point plateau for the season ... Goaltender Brianne LoManto has started all 20 games, posting a 7.25 goals against average and .456 save percentage.

Northwestern Series History 
Saturday's match marks the 12th all-time meeting between Duke and Northwestern ... The Wildcats lead the series 9-2 ... Duke is 0-5 when facing Northwestern in Evanston ... The two teams have met on two occasions in the NCAA Tournament ... Northwestern holds a 2-0 advantage over the Blue Devils in NCAA contests ... Duke and Virginia have met once in the NCAA quarterfinals, an 18-8 Wildcat victory on May 22, 2010 at Lakeside Field.

Last Time They Met 
Northwestern outscored Duke 8-2 in the second half to earn a 13-5 victory over the Blue Devils Sunday, February 19 at Koskinen Stadium ... Northwestern received five goals and an assist from Shannon Smith and four goals from Erin Fitzgerald ... The Blue Devils were led by Molly Quirke's three points on two goals and an assist ... Freshman Kerrin Maurer added a goal and an assist ... Senior Amanda Jones and sophomore Maddy Morrissey registered a goal each, while redshirt senior Emma Hamm and senior Kim Wenger combined for nine draw controls.

Current Blue Devils vs. Northwestern 
Nine current Blue Devils have registered at least one point against Northwestern during their careers ... Redshirt senior Emma Hamm (7g, 3a) leads the way with 10 points.

In the Month of May 
Duke has played 43 games in May in program history ... The Blue Devils are 28-15 all-time during the fifth month of the year ... Duke is 20-4 at home and 8-11 on the road in May.

On the Road Again 
Saturday's contest marks Duke's first road game since March 30 ... Duke is 5-3 in eight true road games this season ... All three of the Blue Devils' road losses came at the hands of ranked teams in No. 19 Vanderbilt, No. 17 Dartmouth and No. 5 North Carolina ... The Blue Devils hold an 83-47 all-time record when playing away from home.

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 ... Saturday's game against No. 2 Northwestern marks Duke's 13th contest against a ranked opponent this season.

Against Ranked Opponents 
The Blue Devils are 115-93 all-time and 6-6 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 9.54 goals per game against top-20 teams, while allowing 9.00 goals per game ... Duke has scored in double digits in seven games and allowed teams 10-plus goals in just three of 12 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, on April 7 ... 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 scored at least one goal this season with eight totaling 16 or more and seven with 20 or more goals in 2012 ... The Blue Devils are the only team in the ACC to not have a player rank in the top-18 in the conference or in the top-200 nationally in goals scored ... However, Duke and Maryland are tied with a league-high seven players with 20-plus goals this season.
 
Devilish Defense 
The Blue Devils rank third in the ACC and 11th nationally in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 8.72 goals per game ... Duke has limited 13 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.

Record Pace 
Redshirt senior Emma Hamm is climbing the all-time NCAA career draw control list as the Wayne, Pa., native currently ranks tied for sixth ... Hamm is the only Blue Devil to top the 200 career draw control mark and holds the school record with 263, 101 more than the closest Blue Devil ... This season, Hamm is averaging 4.83 draw controls per game to lead the conference and rank 11th nationally ... Hamm has already set the Duke single season record (87), eclipsing her previous mark of 70 set last season.

Elite Company 
Redshirt senior Emma Hamm has established herself as one of the best players in Duke history ... In the school records, she ranks eighth in points (203), 13th in goals (118), third in assists (85), first in draw controls (263), 18th in ground balls (118) and seventh in caused turnovers (90) for a career ... Hamm is the first player in program history to total 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 amassed 103 points on 59 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 ... Thomas reentered the starting lineup against Penn on April 28 ... The Latham, N.Y., native tallied a season-high three goals against Virginia in Duke's NCAA First Round game ... She has totaled seven goals, eight points, three ground balls, 10 draw controls and three caused turnovers in five games this season ... A preseason All-America choice, Thomas ranks fourth in the Duke record books in draw controls (159), 14th in goals (111) and 17th in points (120) for a career.

Mackler in Goal 
Senior goaltender Mollie Mackler has posted a career-best 8.56 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 (8.56 gaa, 7.17 spg) is one of just three DI goalies to sport a goals against average under nine while also averaging seven or more saves per game, joining Fairfield's Katie Keenan (8.39 gaa, 8.06 spg) and Towson's Mary Teeters (8.47 gaa, 7.95 spg).

Freshmen Firsts 
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.

Immediate Impact 
Freshman Kerrin Maurer 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 
Freshman Kerrin Maurer currently leads the Blue Devils with 48 points, while classmate Taylor Trimble is tops on the team with 26 goals ... Maurer (24g, 24a) and 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 six games for the Blue Devils after earning 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 five 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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