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Blue Devils, Hoyas Clash Wednesday on ESPN3
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Release: 03/03/2014
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Game 6
No. 6 Duke vs. No. 14 Georgetown
Wednesday, March 5 l 5:05 p.m.
Durham, N.C. l Koskinen Stadium

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DURHAM, N.C. – Hosting its third top-15 opponent in as many games at Koskinen Stadium, the sixth-ranked Blue Devils (3-2, 0-1 ACC) welcome No. 14 Georgetown to Durham for a mid-week contest on ESPN3.

Georgetown Series History
Wednesday evening’s matchup marks the 22nd all-time meeting between Duke and Georgetown with the Blue Devils leading the series, 14-7 ... Duke is 6-3 all-time against the Hoyas at home in Koskinen Stadium ... The Blue Devils have won nine of the last 10 games between the two schools, including a thrilling 11-10 victory in Washington, D.C., last spring.

Last Time We Met
Goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea saved a Georgetown free position attempt with five seconds remaining to send Duke to an 11-10 victory March 9, 2013 in Washington, D.C. ... Duryea finished with 11 saves in just her second career start in goal ... Six different Blue Devils recorded a point in the win, led by Kerrin Maurer’s five points (2g, 3a) ... Taylor Trimble won a team-high four draw controls and Taylor Virden guided the defense with four ground balls ... After Georgetown’s Caroline Tarzian converted a free position attempt with 57 seconds remaining to put her squad within one, a Duke turnover gave the ball back to the Hoyas ... Kelsi Bozel of Georgetown earned a free position opportunity and fired the ball at Duryea with five seconds to go, but the Blue Devil freshman came up with her biggest save of the afternoon to preserve the win for Duke.

Duke vs. the BIG EAST
The Blue Devils are 17-8 historically against teams from the BIG EAST conference ... Duke earned a 14-11 victory over Louisville – a future ACC opponent – earlier this season ... The Blue Devils have faced Georgetown more than any other team in the BIG EAST.

Scouting the Hoyas
Under the direction of 10th-year head coach Ricky Fried, 14th-ranked Georgetown enters the mid-week clash with a 2-1 ledger after collecting a 17-16 overtime win at Princeton Saturday ... The Hoyas’ lone loss of the season came at the hands of Towson (14-10) Feb. 22 on the road ... Sophomore Corrine Etchison paces the attack with 11 points (9g, 2a) while teammates Hannah Franklin and Kelyn Freedman have totaled nine points each ... Reilly Woodman and Freedman lead the Hoyas at the draw, helping the team rank third in the nation with an average of 18.67 draw controls per game ... Barb Black is 2-1 in the net with a 15.32 goals against average and a .120 save percentage.  

Scouting the Blue Devils
Sixth-ranked Duke (3-2, 0-1 ACC) faces its third top-15 opponent in as many games in No. 14 Georgetown ... The Blue Devils are coming off of a 19-10 loss to No. 3 Maryland in the ACC opener Saturday, March 1 ... Junior attacker Kerrin Maurer guides the offense with 17 goals and nine assists ... Senior Sydney Peterson has tallied 11 points (6g, 5a) since joining the starting lineup this season ... Returning All-American defender Taylor Virden leads the way in draw controls (15) and caused turnovers (7) and  is tied for fifth in the ACC with 2.40 ground balls per game ... Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea, a second team All-America selection last spring, owns a 10.89 goals against average and a .458 save percentage in the net and ranks second in the conference with 8.80 saves per game ... Duke’s balanced attack is outscoring opponents by a 71-54 margin to start the season.

Last Time Out
Duke opened ACC play Saturday against a high-scoring Maryland squad, falling to the third-ranked Terrapins by a 19-10 score at Koskinen Stadium ... Down 9-5 at halftime, the Blue Devils opened the second period with two wins at the draw that resulted in a pair of quick goals ... However Maryland responded with a 6-0 scoring run and tacked on four more inside the final seven minutes ... Maddy Acton, Kerrin Maurer and Erin Tenneson registered two goals each to pace the Duke attack ... In goal, Kelsey Duryea finished with 13 stops for her second double-digit save performance of the season ... Duryea also recorded four ground balls and one caused turnover.

Scheduling the Best
Duke’s 2014 slate currently features eight teams ranked in the top 20 of the latest IWLCA Coaches Poll ... The Blue Devils began a tough stretch in late February, falling short in a one-goal loss to No. 4 Northwestern before suffering the setback to No. 3 Maryland over the weekend.

Team Current Rank Gameday Rank
North Carolina 1 -
Syracuse 2 -
Maryland 3 3
Northwestern 4 4
Boston College 7 -
Virginia 8 -
Notre Dame 13 -
Georgetown 14 14

Against Ranked Opponents
Since the 2008 season, Duke is 41-39 against ranked teams ... The Blue Devils have lost just six times to teams outside the top-10 in the past five years ... The squad went 5-5 against ranked opponents in 2013 ... So far this season, Duke is 0-2 against ranked foes with losses to No. 3 Maryland (March 1) and No. 4 Northwestern (Feb. 22).

Trio Tabbed to Tewaaraton Watch List
Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea, junior attacker Kerrin Maurer and senior defender Taylor Virden were all named to the 2014 Tewaaraton Award watch list presented by Panama Jack, as announced Feb. 27 ... Maurer and Virden were both Tewaaraton Award nominees a year ago while Duryea made her first career appearance on the watch list ... Duke has had at least two players selected to the Tewaaraton Award watch list each season since the award’s inception in 2001 ... Former Blue Devil Katie Chrest earned the prestigious honor following the 2005 season.

Balanced Attack
Fifteen different Blue Devils have scored a goal and 12 players have notched at least one assist through five games this season ... Eleven Blue Devils have recorded multiple-goal games, led by junior Kerrin Maurer, who owns two hat tricks ... In a 25-4 season-opening victory over Elon Feb. 7, 14 different Duke players found the back of the net with Maurer tallying a career-high six markers.

Maurer, Virden Moving Up Career Lists
Senior defender Taylor Virden and junior attacker Kerrin Maurer provide veteran experience at both ends of the field ... Maurer paces the Blue Devils in points, goals and assists this season and currently ranks eighth all-time career assists (68) and 17th in program history in career points (145) ... Maurer reached the 100-point barrier and topped the 50-assist milestone as a sophomore last season ... Virden leads the team in draw controls, ground balls and caused turnovers in 2014 and ranks sixth all-time in career draw controls with 137 ... She is also approaching the 100-ground ball mark for her career with 93 over four seasons.

Kimel Tabs Experienced Lineup in 2014
Head coach Kerstin Kimel’s starting lineup includes eight upperclassmen, with seniors and juniors contributing all over the field ... Duke’s eight returning starters include juniors Kerrin Maurer and Brigid Smith and sophomore Kelci Smesko at attack, senior Maddy Morrissey and junior Taylor Trimble in the midfield and senior Taylor Virden, junior Gabby Moise and sophomore Kelsey Duryea on defense.

Home Sweet Home
The Blue Devils have been tough to beat at Koskinen Stadium in recent years ... From 2007-13, the program notched a 54-11 record when playing at home, including 10-0 marks in 2007 and 2011 ... Duke is 2-2 at home this spring following last weekend’s loss to No. 3 Maryland.

In the Month of March
Duke has played 124 games in March in program history ... The Blue Devils are 87-37 all-time during the month and 0-1 this season.

Welcome to Duke
The Blue Devils’ class of 2017 is comprised of 10 freshmen from four states and includes Casey Black, Helen Cammerzell, Caitlin Carey, Stuart Humphrey, Isabelle Montagne, Kitty Morrissey, Devon Russell, Paige Russell, Maura Schwitter and Hayley Shaffer … The group was tabbed the No. 6 recruiting class in the nation by Inside Lacrosse … Senior goalkeeper Katherine Fraile also joined the Duke program this fall, transferring from Bucknell.