DURHAM, N.C. - The ninth ranked Duke field hockey team (2-2) begins its conference competition this Saturday, September 8, as they travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., to face off against No. 13 Wake Forest. Game time is set for 1 p.m. (ET) at Kentner Stadium. The next day, September 9, the Blue Devils return home to Jack Katz Stadium in a game against No. 11 Northwestern at 1 p.m. (ET)
Duke's Last Time Out
Duke split last weekend with a 6-2 victory over Longwood Sunday and a 5-2 loss to no. 4 Princeton on Friday. Goals were contributed by five different Blue Devils including redshirt junior Devon Gagliardi (2), juniors Emmie Le Marchand(2) and Brenna Rescigno(2), sophomore Jessica Buttinger(1) and senior Chelsea Amsley (1).
Facing No. 13 Wake Forest (1-2)
On September 10, 2011, Duke defeated Wake Forest 1-0 with the lone goal scored by Devon Gagliardi in the 39th minute of competition. The shot resulted from several rebounds initiated by a Blue Devil penalty corner. Duke leads the overall series with Wake Forest 37-29.
Facing No. 11 Northwestern (5-1)
Duke has matched up against Northwestern three times in program history, with the Blue Devils leading the series 2-1. They last met in 2005, a season in which the Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA National Championship game, with Duke cruising to a 9-0 victory.
All six ACC field hockey teams are ranked in the top 20 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association that was released Tuesday, September 4. North Carolina grabbed the top spot, followed by Maryland at number three and Virginia in the sixth spot while Wake Forest and Boston College nabbed the 13th and 17th slots.
Six Travel to Junior Pan Am's
Six Blue Devils will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico Sunday morning to represent their respective countries in the 2012 Junior Pan American Games. The Junior World Cup qualifier begins on September 10 and will continue until September 23. Sophomores Abby Beltrani and Lauren Blazing along with freshman Aileen Johnson and Hannah Barreca will represent the United States while sophomore Jessica Buttinger and freshman Kendra Perrin will represent Canada. They will not be present for Sunday's game against Northwestern.
Next Time Out
The Northwestern game is the start of a seven game home stand that spans the entire month of September. The Blue Devils next competition will be on Friday, September 14, against Richmond at Williams Field in Jack Katz Stadium. Game time is set for 6 p.m.