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Duke Faces Maryland in First Round of ACC Tournament
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/31/2012
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No. 22 Duke vs No. 8 Maryland
Thursday, November 1, 2012
3:30 PM

Blue Devils Kick-Off ACC Tournament Against Maryland...
The 22nd-ranked Blue Devils (7-10, 0-5 ACC) open the first round of the ACC Tournament title as the as they take on No. 7 Maryland (14-4, 3-2 ACC) on Thursday, November 1 at Francis E. Henry Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Duke enters the ACC Tournament as the 6th seed, while Maryland owns the third-seed. The game is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. and will be shown on The winner of the first round matchup will face second-seeded Virginia on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

The Series with Maryland...
Duke and Maryland have met seven times in the ACC Tournament with Maryland owning a 5-1 record against the Blue Devils. The two teams last met in the ACC Championship in 2011 with the Blue Devils defeating Maryland 3-2 in the semifinal.

Thursday will mark the 41st meeting between Duke and Maryland, and the second this season. Maryland has won five of the last seven against Duke and leads the all-time series 29-8-3. The Terrapins won the regular season match-up against the Blue Devils 2-0 in College Park, M.D. on Oct. 6.

A Look at Duke...
The Blue Devils enter the game after going 2-2 in their final four games of the season, highlighted by wins over James Madison and California. Duke is led by junior Emmie Le Marchand who has tallied 11 goals on the season to go along with five assists. Junior Devon Gagliardi ranks second with six goals and senior Mary Nielsen owns five goals. Sophomore Lauren Blazing has played in the nets for 12 games this season, owning 47 saves and a 1.98 goals against average.


A Look at Maryland...
The Terrapins ended the season by winning six of its last seven games, falling only to No. 1 North Carolina in overtime. Maryland is led by junior Jill Witmer and sophomore Katie Gerzabek who have 31 and 27 points on  the season respectively. Witmer has scored 11 goals this season to go along with nine assists while Gerzabek has tallied 10 goals and seven assists. Junior Natalie Hunter owns 46 saves on the season and a 1.66 goals against average playing in the goal for the Terrapins.

Quick Notes

  • The Blue Devils have scored 42 goals through 17 games this season, compared to last season where Duke tallied 44 goals.
  • The Blue Devils have outshot opponents by a margin of 241-200 on the season, including a 121-91 mark in the second half of games.
  • Duke averages 8.06 penalty corners a game, ranking 17th nationally. On the season, the Blue Devils own the overall penalty corner margin 137-104.
  • Head Coach Pam Bustin owns a 2-1 record in the ACC Tournament entering Thursday's game.
  • Duke is currently ranked nationally in a number of stasticial categories including 36th in the NCAA in scoring average (2.39), 19th in assists per game (2.29), 27th in points per game (7.24), and 35th in goals per game (2.47).
  • Despite Duke's struggles in conference play, the Blue Devils own a 7-5 record against non-conference opponents.

Duke in the ACC Tournament
With Duke's 2-1 win over Maryland in the 2012 semifinal, the Blue Devils advanced to their first ACC finals since 2003. To get there, they also defeated sixth-seeded Virginia 3-2 but fell to No. 1 North Carolina 2-1 in the finals.

The Blue Devils are in search of their first ACC Tournament title in program history after advancing to the finals in both 2011, 2003 and 1990

Duke is 15-29 (.310) in ACC Championship play...breaking it down, the Blue Devils are 12-10 in first round games of the tournament ... In semifinal action, they own a 3-16 (.158) record and are 0-3 in the ACC Championship game.

In Goal
Redshirt freshman Lauren Blazing owns a 5-7 record while tending the nets in 12 games for the Blue Devils this season. Blazing has made 47 saves in those 12 games, and owns a 1.98 goals against average ranking 38th in the NCAA.

While Blazing was competing in the Junior Pan American games, junior Ashley Camano stepped in, earning a 2-3 record. 

vs. Ranked opponents
Duke has played 11 of its 17 games against ranked opponents going 2-9 in those 11 matches. The Blue Devils have yet to beat a team in the top-10, going 0-6 on the season.


Blue Devils Moving Up the Ranks
Le Marchand has tallied 11 goals and five assists on the season giving her a team-leading 27 points. With her season, Le Marchand has moved into 13th place on Duke's individual career points list with 91, while Nielsen has moved into a tie for 34th on the all-time list with her 47 career points. Katie Grant currently owns the record with 223 career points.

In addition, Le Marchand has moved up to a tie for 11th place on the career goals list with 38.

Blue Devils in the Second Half
The 24th-ranked Blue Devils have shown an aggressive mindset after the halftime whistle this season, outshooting opponents in the second half 121-91, while also creating more opportunities on penalty corners by a margin of 72-49. Over the last six games, the Blue Devils have scored nine of their 15 goals after the halftime whistle.

Success at the JR. Pan Am's
Six Blue Devils traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico to represent their respective countries in the 2012 Junior Pan American Games. The Junior World Cup qualifier began on September 10, lasting until September 23. Sophomores Abby Beltrani and Lauren Blazing along with freshman Aileen Johnson and Hannah Barreca were members of the bronze medal United States team while sophomore Jessica Buttinger and freshman Kendra Perrin competed for Canada to earn a silver medal.  Both accomplished their ultimate goals of qualifying for the 2013 Jr. World Cup. 

Blue Devils named to All-ACC Team
Blue Devils Emmie Le Marchand and Paula Heimbach were two of 17 athletes from the Atlantic Coast Conference named to the 2012 All-ACC Field Hockey team Wednesday. The two juniors have started every game this season for the 22nd-ranked Blue Devils (7-10, 0-5 ACC), and are integral parts of a Duke side as they enter the ACC Tournament on Thursday.

Duke Excels in the Classroom
Last season, 18 members of the Blue Devils owned a grade point average of 3.0 or better giving the entire team an average GPA of 3.427. Of these 18 members, six were also named to the Dean's List including current players Chelsea Amsley, Lauren Blazing, Abby Hassinger, and Mary Nielsen.

Additionally, Amsley, Blazing, Buttinger, Camano, Gagliardi, Hassinger, Le Marchand and Nielsen were among 12 Blue Devils named to the 2011 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad. In order to be eligible for this award, student-athletes must achieve a GPA of 3.30 or higher.

The 2011 Blue Devils also had 10 student-athletes named to the 2011 ACC All-Academic Team, which was the most of any team in the league followed by Maryland (6), Virginia (6), Wake Forest (3), North Carolina (3) and Boston College (2).

Welcome to Duke
Five freshmen -- Kendra Perrin, Amanda Kim, Sarah Urdahl, Hannah Barreca, Aileen Johnson  -- joined the Duke field hockey program for the 2012 season ... Urdahl, a forward from Houston, Texas, leads all Duke rookies with one goal and two assists this season.