DURHAM, N.C. – The second-ranked Blue Devils return to Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium this weekend to kick off a five-game home stand. Saturday features another top-10 matchup as Duke hosts No. 9 Syracuse at noon. The Blue Devils then welcome No. 23 Iowa Sunday at noon. Both contests will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 9 Syracuse
Saturday, 12 p.m. l Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium – Durham, N.C.
ACC Network Extra l Live Stats
•The Orange have won each of the four meetings with Duke, though three of the four contests in the series have gone to overtime.
• Syracuse tallied all five scores on penalty corner opportunities to earn a 5-1 victory last fall in New York. Aisling Naughton had the lone goal for the Blue Devils in the road loss.
• Syracuse heads to Durham ranked ninth in the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll. The Orange split a pair of contests last weekend, falling at Louisville, 2-1, in overtime before shutting out Princeton, 1-0.
• Under the direction of head coach Ange Bradley, Syracuse leads the country in shutouts per game (0.75) and ranks second in goals against average (0.57) behind the play of goalkeeper Borg van der Velde.
• Five Syracuse players have reached double digits in points this season, led by 17 points from graduate student forward Elaine Carey.
• Duke and the Orange have faced three of the same opponents so far this fall in Boston College, Louisville and Princeton. The Blue Devils went 3-0 against those squads while Syracuse compiled a 2-1 ledger.
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 23 Iowa
Sunday, 12 p.m. l Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium – Durham, N.C.
ACC Network Extra l Live Stats
• The Blue Devils and the Hawkeyes will square off for the first time since 2008 Sunday in Durham. Duke holds a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series, and won the last meeting, a 2-1 affair in Iowa City Sept. 7, 2008.
• Iowa has compiled a 5-7 ledger coming into Sunday’s non-conference matchup. The Hawkeyes edged Indiana, 4-3, in their last outing Sept. 29.
• Sophomore Katie Birch ranks seventh nationally in goals per game (1.00) and has totaled 12 goals and three assists for 27 points.
• Goalkeeper Katie Jones has notched a 1.96 goals against average and a .680 save percentage in 12 games.
• Duke will be the third ACC team the Hawkeyes face this fall following losses to Wake Forest and North Carolina at the beginning of the season.
• Saturday's giveaway at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium features a Duke visor, while on Sunday fans can pick up Go Duke sunglasses on their way into the stadium.
Parking and Operational Information
• Free parking is available in the 705 Broad Street parking lot across Broad Street from Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. To access the lot, please enter from Perry Street.
• Parking for persons with disabilities is available in the designated spaces in the Bivins Lot, located above the Duke Softball Stadium on Brodie Gym Drive next to the Bivins Building. The parking lot is located on the right after turning on Brodie Gym Drive. Additional parking for persons with disabilities is located in the 705 Broad Street parking lot, across the street from Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.
• For more parking information, please reference the field hockey facility and parking map.
• All regular season contests at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium are free to the public. No tickets are necessary.
By the Numbers
6 - Straight wins for the Blue Devils following their lone loss of the season to date at Virginia Sept. 8
4 - Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Sammi Steele’s rank among all active Division I goalkeepers in career goals against average (1.20)
7 - Wins for the Blue Devils over ranked opponents
252 - Career coaching victories for head coach Pam Bustin
90 - Wins for Bustin as the head coach of the Duke program
16.6 - Shots per game averaged by the Blue Devils this season
10.4 - Shots per game averaged by Duke’s opponents
3 - Consecutive weeks in which the Blue Devils have come in at No. 2 in the NCAA RPI report
Steele, Tynan Sweep ACC Weekly Honors
• Junior forward Rose Tynan racked up seven points in two Blue Devil wins last weekend to earn ACC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career Monday.
• Tynan opened the scoring just four minutes into last Friday’s 3-2 overtime shootout victory at No. 9 Boston College and found the back of the boards again during the shootout. She added two goals and an assist against No. 22 Boston University to match her career-best points performance (5).
• Steele was tabbed the ACC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this fall after matching her career best with nine saves against the Eagles. She added three more stops last Sunday at Boston University.
• In addition to the recognition from the conference office, Tynan was tabbed the Duke Student-Athlete of the Week and was an honorable mention selection for the National Field Hockey Coaches Association’s Division I Weekly Award.
Solid Steele Against Boston College
• Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Sammi Steele totaled nine saves through regulation and two overtime periods, and stopped the Eagles on three of five shootout attempts in last Friday night’s win.
• Steele and the Blue Devils’ defensive unit held strong against two Boston College penalty corners and five shots in the first overtime. Steele then added four more saves in the second overtime period.
• The nine stops matched Steele’s career high, set against Maryland last season.
Defense One of Nation’s Best
• Stingy defense has guided the Blue Devils to six consecutive victories heading into this weekend’s action.
• Duke is ranked third nationally in goals against average (0.86) and fourth in shutouts per game (0.50) with five shutouts on the season. Blue Devil opponents are averaging just 10.4 shots per contest.
• Redshirt sophomore Sammi Steele leads all ACC goalkeepers and ranks fourth in the country with a .809 save percentage. She also ranks second in the ACC and fourth nationally in goals against average (0.86).
• Four different Blue Devils - Alyssa Chillano, Alexa Mackintire, Stephanie Pezzuti and Jillian Wolgemuth - have recorded defensive saves on the year.
Team-Goals Against Average-Shutouts (Record)
1) UConn-0.54-6 (11-0)
2) Syracuse-0.57-9 (9-3)
3) Duke-0.86-5 (9-1)
4) Michigan-0.95-6 (9-2)
5) Longwood-0.98-4 (9-2)
Bustin Closing in on Another Milestone
• Duke head coach Pam Bustin owns a career coaching ledger of 252-173 and is 90-45 at the helm of the Blue Devil program. She earned the 250th victory of her career Sept. 24 against Old Dominion.
• The 252 career victories rank her 14th among all active Division I head coaches.
• Duke has gotten on the board first in all nine of its victories on the season.
• The Blue Devil attack enters the weekend ranked third in the ACC and top-15 nationally behind nine goals from junior forward Rose Tynan. Tynan had 12 goals through the first two seasons of her career at Duke.
• Senior Ashley Kristen is second behind Tynan (21) in points (11), while junior Erin Scherrer has contributed five goals off the bench, including two last weekend in Boston.