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No. 24 Duke Prepares for California Friday Night
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Release: 10/18/2012
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No. 24 Duke vs. California
Friday, October 19, 2012
6:00 P.M.

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DURHAM, N.C. - The 24th-ranked Duke field hockey team (6-9, 0-4 ACC) returns home to face California (5-7, 1-2 NorPac) this Friday night at 6:00 p.m. at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.  The Blue Devils are 3-5 at home this season, and have won two of their last three in Durham, N.C. Live stats will be available for the event at 

Duke's Last Time Out
The Blue Devils split last weekend with a 1-0 win over James Madison on Friday evening and a 3-2 loss at No. 8 Old Dominion on Sunday afternoon.  The weekend marked the first goals of the 2012 season for sophomore Martine Chichizola and freshman Amanda Kim.  On Friday, Chichizola scored off a penalty corner midway through the first half against James Madison to give the Blue Devils a lead that they would not relinquish.  Senior Chelsea Amsley and sophomore Abby Beltrani were credited with assists. 

In Norfolk, Old Dominion held the 1-0 lead at halftime.  Early in the second half, Kim earned her first goal as a Blue Devil  with a short shot from directly in front of the goal to even the score 1-1.  She was assisted by junior Emmie Le Marchand on the play.  The Monarchs responded with two more goals but the Blue Devils continued to fight and picked up another goal from Le Marchand, who was assisted by sophomore Jessica Buttinger to bring the score to 3-2 with 6:30 left to play in regulation.  Duke created several opportunities to score in the last few minutes of play but was unable to find the goal and force overtime.        

Facing California
Duke owns a career 85-9-4 record against teams from the NorPac, and leads the series with California 3-0.  The teams last met in 2006 in Durham, N.C., resulting in a 1-0 victory for Duke.  Laura Suchoski scored the game winning goal nearly 60 minutes into regulation with a shot from the middle of the field and was assisted by Rachel Link. 

In 2012, the Golden Bears offense has been led by sophomore forward Lara Kruggel who has been credited with 14 goals and two assists this season.  Duke will be looking for a victory Friday night in order to keep postseason hopes alive.      

Le Marchand and Nielsen Moving Up the Ranks
Le Marchand has tallied 10 goals and five assists on the season giving her a team-leading 25 points. With her season, Le Marchand has moved into a tie for 13th place on Duke's individual career points list with 89, while senior Mary 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 12th place on the career goals list with 37.

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 109-75, while also creating more opportunities on penalty corners by a margin of 64-41. Over the last four games, the Blue Devils have scored eight of their 11 goals in the second half.

Up Next
The Blue Devils will conclude the regular season next Saturday, October 27, against Virginia at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.  Game time is set for 6 p.m.  Prior to the game, Duke's three seniors, Amsley, Nielsen, and Abby Hassinger will be honored.