No. 8 Duke at No. 3 North Carolina
Wednesday, Apr. 16 l 7 p.m.
Chapel Hill, N.C. l Kenan Stadium
DURHAM, N.C. – Eighth-ranked Duke faces No. 3 North Carolina in its regular season finale Wednesday evening at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Duke by the Numbers
104 - Career goals by junior Kerrin Maurer, who became the 15th player in program history to top the 100-goal mark last weekend against Notre Dame
20 - Consecutive contests in which Maurer has registered at least one point
3 - Goals that have separated Duke and North Carolina in the teams' past two meetings
2 - Senior Taylor Virden's program ranking in career draw controls with 176 in four seasons
6-3 - Duke's record this season when winning the draw controls category
12 - Duke's national ranking in total points entering the week (281)
6 - Hat tricks posted by junior Taylor Trimble in the past seven games
14 - The Blue Devils' spot in the most recent Division I RPI rankings
North Carolina Series History
Tobacco Road rivals Duke and North Carolina will square off for the 29th time in program history Wednesday evening ... The Tar Heels lead the all-time series, 15-13, and have won each of the past three meetings ... Duke is 3-7 historically when facing North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Last Time We Met
Despite a strong second half which saw Duke come back to tie the game twice, North Carolina’s Kara Cannizzaro netted the game winner in overtime to send the Tar Heels to a 12-11 win March 28, 2013 at Koskinen Stadium ... North Carolina outshot the Blue Devils, 33-19, but Duke was able to build a two-goal margin as late as 19:15 in the second period ... The Tar Heels closed the contest on a 5-2 run to emerge with the win ... Makenzie Hommel paced the Blue Devil offense with a four-goal performance while goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea totaled 15 saves in the net.
Duke vs. the ACC
The Blue Devils are 41-33 all-time in conference regular season games ... The Blue Devils are 2-4 this spring in ACC play with wins against Virginia (March 22) and Virginia Tech (March 9) and losses to Maryland (March 1), Syracuse (March 29), Boston College (Apr. 5) and Notre Dame (Apr. 11) ... Duke currently sits sixth in the league standings.
Scouting the Tar Heels
North Carolina has compiled a 12-2 season ledger and a 5-1 record in ACC competition entering Wednesday’s contest ... The Tar Heels are coming off of a 12-9 loss to Syracuse last weekend and slipped two spots to No. 3 in this week’s IWLCA rankings ... Abbey Friend paces the attack with 62 points (48g, 14a) while Sydney Holman is second with 51 points (28g, 23a) ... Sarah Scott (55 dc) leads North Carolina at the draw while Caileigh Sindall has a team-best 17 caused turnovers ... In goal, Megan Ward is 10-0 with a 10.20 goals against average and a .419 save percentage ... As a team, the Tar Heels rank first in the ACC in scoring offense (16.71gpg) and scoring margin (7.50gpg).
Scouting the Blue Devils
Duke (8-6, 2-4 ACC) dropped a 12-10 decision at Notre Dame last Friday ... The Blue Devils are ranked eighth in this week’s IWLCA Coaches Poll ... Junior attacker Kerrin Maurer guides the offense with 44 goals and 24 assists while sophomore Kelci Smesko is second on the team with 36 points (25g, 11a) ... Returning All-American defender Taylor Virden leads the way in draw controls (54) and caused turnovers (18) ... Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea, a second team All-America selection last spring, owns a 10.37 goals against average and a .429 save percentage in the net ... Duke’s balanced attack is outscoring opponents by a 195-143 margin ... The squad ranked 12th nationally in total points (281) and 13th in scoring offense (13.93 gpg) entering the week.
Last Time Out
Trailing by four scores with less than 10 minutes to play, Duke pulled within one but was unable to complete the comeback in a 12-10 loss to Notre Dame Apr. 11 in South Bend ... Junior attacker Kerrin Maurer registered three of her five goals inside the final 11 minutes of the contest ... Maurer also corralled five draw controls while senior Taylor Virden added four to go with four ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Against Ranked Opponents
Since the 2009 season, Duke is 36-35 against ranked teams ... The Blue Devils have lost just six times to teams outside the top-10 in the past four years ... The squad went 5-5 against ranked opponents in 2013 ... Duke is 1-6 against ranked foes this season following last Friday’s loss to then-No. 11 Notre Dame.
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 earned a win over No. 14 Virginia (March 22) and No. 18 Louisville (Feb. 9).
|Team||Current Rank||Gameday Rank|
Duke and North Carolina have faced nine of the same opponents this season ... Both squads collected wins over Elon, Virginia and Virginia Tech ... The Blue Devils went 3-6 against the teams’ mutual opponents while the Tar Heels compiled a 7-2 record in those contests.
|Elon||W, 25-4 (2/7)||W, 20-5 (3/12)|
|Northwestern||L, 11-12 (2/22)||L, 5-7 (3/31)|
|Maryland*||L, 10-19 (3/1)||W, 17-15 (4/5)|
|Georgetown||L, 10-11 (3/5)||W, 18-11 (3/15)|
|Virginia Tech*||W, 14-6 (3/9)||W, 21-9 (3/26)|
|Virginia*||W, 16-11 (3/22)||
W, 14-10 (3/8)
|Syracuse*||L, 15-19 (3/29)||L, 9-12 (4/12)|
|Boston College*||L, 11-13 (4/5)||W, 14-13 (3/22)|
|Notre Dame*||L, 10-12 (4/11)||W, 19-9 (2/27)|
Duke in the National Landscape
In the Apr. 14 edition of the NCAA’s Division I team statistics, the Blue Devils ranked 12th nationally in points with 281 through 14 games ... Duke also ranked among the top 25 teams in the country in draw controls (12th, 13.93/gm), scoring offense (13th, 13.93gpg) and scoring margin (24th, 3.71gpg).
Trimble Added to Tewaaraton Watch List
Junior Taylor Trimble was added to the 2014 Tewaaraton Award Watch List presented by Panama Jack Apr. 10, joining teammates Kelsey Duryea, Kerrin Maurer and Taylor Virden among this year’s Tewaaraton hopefuls … A midfielder from Rosemont, Pa., Trimble ranks second on the team in goals (28), third in draw controls (28) and is tied for third in points (34) through 14 games this season.
Maurer Quarterbacking the Offense
Junior attacker Kerrin Maurer is once again one of the Blue Devils’ most dependable playmakers up front ... She leads the team this spring in points (68), goals (44) and assists (24) and ranks second in draw controls (48) ... The Setauket, N.Y., native ranked second in the ACC and fifth nationally in points per game entering the week ... Maurer was also third in the conference in scoring at 3.14 goals per game and ranked ninth nationally in goals.
Virden Quick on the Draw
Duke is 6-3 this spring when winning the draw controls category ... Senior defender Taylor Virden has been scrappy on the wings, leading the team with 54 draw controls ... She ranked sixth in the ACC in draws entering the week ... Virden won a career-high six draws last season against Vanderbilt (March 2, 2013) and matched that total with six against Virginia (March 22) ... The Ellicott City, Md., native moved into second on Duke’s all-time list for career draw controls against Syracuse (March 29) and owns 176 over her four seasons.
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 fourth in program history in career assists (83) and 11th in career points (187) ... Maurer reached the 100-goal milestone last weekend at Notre Dame (Apr. 11) ... Virden leads the team in draw controls and caused turnovers in 2014 and ranks second all-time in career draw controls with 176 ... She reached the 100-ground ball mark for her career against Virginia (March 22), becoming the 26th player in Duke history to achieve the feat.