NCAA Second Round Schedule
Friday, Nov. 22
Durham, N.C. (Koskinen Stadium)
#6 Florida (18-4-1) at Duke (8-8-5)
Friday, Nov. 22 • 7:30 PM • Durham, N.C.
Koskinen Stadium • Blue Devil Network
Blue Devils Host NCAA Second and Third Rounds Friday & Sunday...
Coming off advancing in the NCAA Tournament first round in penalty kicks, 4-3, at 24th-ranked Colorado College, Duke (8-8-5) will host the NCAA second and third rounds at Koskinen Stadium on Friday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 24 in Durham, N.C.
St. John’s (12-5-3) will face Arkansas (14-8-0) in the second round on Friday at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Blue Devils taking on second-seeded and sixth-ranked Florida (18-4-1) at 7:30 p.m. The winners of each match will advance to the third round on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1:00 p.m., in Durham, N.C.
All three matches will be aired live on Blue Devil Network via www.GoDuke.com with John Roth calling the action. Duke graduate Maddy Haller will provide color commentary for the Duke/Florida match.
Duke is making its 11th straight NCAA Tournament appearance and is playing in the tournament for the 20th time in school history.
The Series with Florida...
Duke and Florida will meet for the 12th time in school history with the Gators leading the series, 6-3-2. The two squads have met only once in the NCAA Tournament with the Blue Devils taking down the Gators, 4-2 in penalty kicks in 2010. The match was played in Gainesville, Fla., during the second round.
In games played in Durham, N.C., Duke owns a 2-1-1 mark versus Florida with both victories coming in 1995 and 1996 in the first two meetings of the series.
The Blue Devils have not won a match against Florida since a 2-1 overtime win in Gainesville during the 2002 campaign.
In the most recent meeting, Gilda Doria and Cassie Pecht scored, while Kim DeCesare assisted in a 3-2 overtime loss in Chapel Hill, N.C. Six Blue Devils on the 2013 roster competed in the penalty kick victory at Florida in 2010 -- Kaitlyn Kerr, Laura Weinberg, Gilda Doria, Kim DeCesare, Natasha Anasi and Alex Straton.
A Look at Florida...
Florida enters the second round of the NCAA Tournament with an 18-4-1 overall record and is coming off posting a 2-0 win at home against Jacksonville. The Gators have been led by Savannah Jordan on the season with 22 goals and a total of 47 points. She owns nine game-winning tallies. Goalkeeper Taylor Burke owns eight shutouts and a 0.52 goals-against average.
As a team, Florida has scored 52 goals and allowed only 14 in 23 matches.
Scoring in the NCAAs...
Duke boasts eight players who have scored goals in the NCAA Tournament -- Kaitlyn Kerr (9), Laura Weinberg (3), Kim DeCesare (6), Mollie Pathman (3), Kelly Cobb (3), Gilda Doria (2), Katie Trees (2) and Cassie Pecht.
Kerr is Duke’s all-time NCAA Tournament scorer with nine tallies, including five in 2011, while DeCesare is second with six goals.
With her five assists in 2012, Weinberg is tied for Duke’s all-time assist leader with six along with Mollie Pathman.
Duke’s All-Time NCAA Points
20, Kaitlyn Kerr (2010-present)
12, Kim DeCesare (2010-present)
12, Laura Weinberg (2010-present)
11, Mollie Pathman (2010-present)
11, KayAnne Gummersall (2006-09)
9, Elisabeth Redmond (2006-09)
8, Kelly Cobb (2011-present)
8, Sarah McCabe (2003-06)
7, Gilda Doria (2010-present)
7, Katherine Remy (1992-95)
6, Cassie Pecht (2012-present)
Duke All-Time NCAA Goals
9, Kaitlyn Kerr (2010-present)
6, Kim DeCesare (2010-present)
5, KayAnne Gummersall (2006-09)
4, Sarah McCabe (2003-06)
4, Katherine Remy (1992-95)
3, Laura Weinberg (2010-present)
3, Mollie Pathman (2010-present)
3, Kelly Cobb (2011-present)
Duke All-Time NCAA Assists
6, Laura Weinberg (2010-present)
6, Mollie Pathman (2010-present)
5, Nicole Lipp (2009-present)
4, Cassie Pecht (2012-present)
3, Caitlin Connolly (1989-92)
3, CJ Ludemann (2006-07)
3, Lorraine Quinn (2004, 06-08)
3, Kate Siebert (2002-05)
3, Gilda Doria (2010-present)
Active NCAA Games Played Leaders...
Among active career stat leaders, Duke’s Natasha Anasi and Laura Weinberg each are tied for the NCAA lead with 94 games played over the last four years. The duo are tied with Marissa Diggs (UCF) and Ashley Nicol (UCF). Kaitlyn Kerr (Duke) and Kristina Trujic (UCF) are second with 93 matches.
The 94 matches played by Anasi and Weinberg are new school records at Duke.
Duke Advances on Penalty Kicks...
The Blue Devils took the opening lead at 24th-ranked Colorado College on a goal by Kelly Cobb, off assists by Kim DeCesare and Mollie Pathman.
Colorado College added a goal late in the first half and the two squad ended up playing 110 minutes without scoring another goal.
Meghan Thomas posted nine saves in goal for the Blue Devils and both teams finished with 23 shots each.
In penalty kicks, Duke redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Ali Kershner came in to face the Tiger kicks. Colorado College opened with a 2-1 lead, after Katie Trees’ attempt was stopped.
The Tigers held a 3-2 lead before Kershner stopped two straight kicks and then Cobb clinched the 4-3 penalty kick win. During the match, four different Blue Devils were escorted off the field with injuries and two did not return.
Duke has advanced in the NCAA Tournament the last three times the Blue Devils have gone to penalty kicks.
At Home This Season...
At home this year, Duke has accumulated a 3-3-2 overall record, including winners of two straight. Kelly Cobb has posted five of her seven goals this season at home, while Kerr has scored four of her five tallies at Koskinen Stadium.
Duke has won its past nine straight NCAA Tournament matches played in Durham, N.C. During those contests, the Blue Devils have outscored their opponents, 30-5.
Duhl Plays Big Minutes in First NCAA Action...
After competing in only 94 minutes and seven matches in the regular season, Duke redshirt freshman Danielle Duhl came off the bench at Colorado College and played a career-high 68 minutes. She attempted her second career shot in the second half that nearly went in, but the Tiger goalkeeper was able to get her outstretched hand up and bat it away in the corner.
Senior defender Natasha Anasi owns a team-best 70-game consecutive starts streak. Over her career, Anasi has helped lead Duke to 38 shutouts on the defensive end. She is a two-time All-America and MAC Hermann Trophy watch list selection.
The 70 straight starts is fifth in Duke’s record books.
Duke in the NCAA Tournament...
The Blue Devils reached the big show for the 11th straight season and the 20th time in school history. Duke has advanced to the second round of the tournament in 11 out of the last 12 years.
The Blue Devils hold an overall record of 25-17-7 in tournament play and advanced to the NCAA Championship match in 2011 before falling to Stanford, 1-0.
Duke is coming off making back-to-back Elite Eight appearances for the first time since the 2007 and 2008 campaigns.
The 11 straight NCAA Tournament appearances for Duke ranks tied for 12th overall -- UNC (32), Notre Dame (21), Virginia (20), Penn State (19), Texas A&M (19), Wake Forest (18), UCLA (17), Stanford (16), Florida State (14), Portland (14), West Virginia (14), Boston College (11), Duke (11), Florida (11).
Over the last three years in the NCAA Tournament, Duke has outscored its opponents, 30-8.
The Senior Class...
Over the last four years, the Duke senior class has led the Blue Devils to a 56-26-12, an appearance in the 2011 national championship game, a 2011 ACC regular season title, a NCAA Sweet 16 finish as well as an NCAA Elite Eight appearance.
The class is the winningest four-year group at Duke under the direction of head coach Robbie Church.