DURHAM, N.C. - Fresh off a victory over No. 1 Old Dominion, the fifth-ranked Duke field hockey team will close out the home portion of its regular season schedule this Sunday, October 23 against Central Michigan. The Blue Devils and the Chippewas are set to square off at 1 p.m., from Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.
Last weekend, Duke hit the road and brought back two wins - a 3-0 victory over William & Mary and a 2-1 overtime decision against Old Dominion. The Blue Devils earned their fifth shutout of the season on Saturday against the tribe, limiting William & Mary to just five shots for the game. Sophomore Emmie Le Marchand got Duke on the board in the 21st minute with her team-leading 12th goal of the season, and junior Devon Gagliardi and senior Tara Jennings both added second-half goals in the win.
Sunday's contest pitted Duke against a familiar foe in Old Dominion as the two squads had met earlier in the season. ODU won the previous match 3-2 in double overtime, but the Blue Devils won the rematch as junior Mary Nielsen scored the gamewinner just 29 seconds into overtime to give Duke the 2-1 victory. Sophomore Caashia Karringten scored her first goal of the season to knot the game at one-all after the Lady Monarchs took the 1-0 lead in the first half.
In addition, redshirt senior goalkeeper Samantha Nelson made eight saves Sunday to slow the ODU attack. For her efforts, she was named both ACC Player of the Week and Ronald McDonald House Charities Duke Student-Athlete of the Week.
Sunday's match marks the third all-time meeting between Duke and Central Michigan with the Blue Devils leading 2-0. However, the two teams have not since the 1996 season when Duke posted a 5-0 win over the Chippewas.
Central Michigan enters this weekend with a 7-7 overall record (5-3 MAC). The Chippewas will face Appalachian State Saturday at 11 a.m., from Williams Field before taking on the Blue Devils Sunday. Central Michigan has won two straight, picking up conference wins over Miami (Ohio) and Ball State a week ago.
For the season, Central Michigan is led by Cayleigh Immelmann with 10 goals and six assists, good for 26 points. Ranking second on the team with 16 points is Erin Dye, who has totaled six goals and four assists this season. In goal, Anastasia Netto has played every minute for the Chippewas, posting a .714 save percentage and a 1.68 goals against average this season.
Duke will honor six seniors - Megan Deakins, Stefanie Fee, Tara Jennings, Rhian Jones, Samantha Nelson and Micaela Paterson -- prior to the start of Sunday's game. The Blue Devils close out the regular season next Saturday, October 29, on the road against Virginia. Game time is set for 1 p.m., from Charlottesville.