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Duke Set for Top-10 Showdown with Syracuse
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Release: 10/10/2013
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Game 13
No. 7 Duke vs. No. 3 Syracuse
Friday, Oct. 11 • 6 p.m.
Durham, N.C.  • Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium

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DURHAM, N.C. – The seventh-ranked Duke field hockey team will put its five-match win streak on the line Friday, Oct. 11 when it hosts No. 3 Syracuse in a 6 p.m. tilt at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. The two teams will face off for the first time in program history after the Orange joined the ACC earlier this year. Friday night’s contest will be streamed live on Inside Access, while fans in attendance can celebrate Youth Field Hockey Day with free pizza and post-game autographs.

Tale of the Tape

   Duke  Syracuse
 Overall Record  10-2  10-1
 Goals-Shot Attempts  33-218  44-209
 Goals scored per game  2.75  4.00
 Shot pct.  .151  .211
 Shots on goal-attempts  132-218  145-209
 SOG pct.  .606  .694
 Shots/Game  18.2  19.0
 Assists  24  38
 GAA  1.14  1.64
 Penalty corners  88  70
 Penalty strokes  1-1  3-3
 Green Cards  14  4
 Yellow Cards  3  3
 Red Cards  0  0

Syracuse Series History
The Blue Devils and Syracuse will meet for the first time Friday in Durham … Syracuse joined the ACC from the Big East before the start of the 2013 season … Duke is 40-31-3 all-time against Big East schools.

Duke vs. the ACC
The Blue Devils are 80-165-4 all-time against teams in their own conference … The squad kicked off ACC play Sept. 27 with a thrilling 3-2 overtime shootout victory over previously top-ranked and unbeaten North Carolina before topping Wake Forest last weekend, 3-1.

Scouting the Orange
Syracuse sports an overall record of 10-1 and a 1-1 mark in the ACC heading into Friday’s matchup … After three straight weeks at No. 5 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, the squad moved up to No. 3 this week … The Orange dispatched Virginia 4-1 and Monmouth 8-1 in last weekend’s contests to improve to 4-1 against ranked opponents … Midfielder Leonie Geyer ranks second in the ACC and is tied for fourth in the nation with an average of 2.73 points per game … She has totaled 30 points on 10 goals and 10 assists … Goalkeeper Jess Jecko has started all 11 games for Syracuse, compiling a 1.69 goals against average and a .632 save percentage.

Last Time Out
Duke (10-2, 2-0 ACC) edged California by a 2-1 score in double overtime Friday, Oct. 4 after graduate student Cherry Seaborn knocked in the gamewinner in the 94th minute … The Blue Devils returned to the field Sunday, Oct. 6 to down then-No. 14 Wake Forest 3-1 in ACC play … Sophomore Aileen Johnson, junior Jessica Buttinger and senior Emmie Le Marchand all scored in that contest with Le Marchand also adding an assist.

Blazing Anchors Duke in Goal
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Blazing leads the ACC and ranks second in the country in save percentage with a .821 clip through 12 games … She has compiled a 1.09 goals against average in addition to guiding the defense to three shutouts … The Durham, N.C., native was named the ACC Player of the Week and the Ronald McDonald House Charities Duke Student-Athlete of the Week following a career-high 22-save performance in a 3-2 shootout win over previously top-ranked and unbeaten North Carolina Sept. 27.

Balanced Scoring by Blue Devil Offense
Twelve different Duke players have tallied a point through 12 games this fall … Ten different Blue Devils have registered a goal, led by senior Emmie Le Marchand with seven … Le Marchand paces the squad with 20 points … Junior midfielder Abby Beltrani has totaled a career-best seven assists to tie for seventh in the ACC in assists per game … Five different players scored in Duke’s 6-0 win over Radford Sept. 22.

Duke Defense Among Best in ACC
Anchored by Lauren Blazing in goal and seniors Paula Heimbach and Brenna Rescigno and sophomore Amanda Kim on the back line, the Blue Devil defense is allowing just 1.25 goals per game to tie for third in the ACC … The unit has posted three shutouts this season, holding Indiana (Aug. 30), Old Dominion (Sept. 15) and Radford (Sept. 22) scoreless.

Le Marchand Moving Up Career Charts
After topping the 100-point mark for her career earlier this season, senior forward Emmie Le Marchand continues to etch her name into the program record books … With 111 points for her career, the Worcester, England product currently sits ninth overall in school history … Le Marchand also ranks eighth all-time in career goals (45) and is tied for 17th in career assists (21).

Blue Devils Continue to Attack Cage
Duke totaled 35 shots in a 3-2 double overtime victory over Rutgers Sept. 8, topping the 30-shot mark for the first time since the program posted 30 shots in an 11-2 victory over Kent State Sept. 30, 2012 … The Blue Devils followed up that showing with a 37-shot performance against Radford (Sept. 22) … Head coach Pam Bustin’s squad has tallied at least 10 shots in every contest this season.

ACC Well-Represented in NFHCA Coaches Poll
The ACC continues to dominate the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, placing six schools within the top 10 … The Blue Devils remained at No. 7 in the poll after going 2-0 last weekend … Maryland maintains the top spot in this week’s poll and North Carolina moved up to No. 2 … Syracuse (3), Virginia (5) and Boston College (6) are also within the top 10.

Promotions Friday vs. Syracuse
Join the Blue Devils Friday evening for Youth Field Hockey Day at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium … Free pizza will be available for fans, as well as an autograph session with the players immediately following the game … Fans in attendance can also enter to win the Fan of the Game contest … For more information about promotions, visit the marketing table at the entrance to the stadium.