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Blue Devils Head North to Face Saint Joseph’s, Penn
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Release: 03/15/2017
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 NO. 16 DUKE AT SAINT JOSEPH'S

 

     When: Thursday, March 16 l 3 p.m.
     Where: Sweeney Field l Philadelphia, Pa. 
     Watch: Atlantic10.com l Live Stats
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 NO. 16 DUKE AT NO. 12 PENN

 

     When: Saturday, March 18 l 12 p.m.
     Where: Franklin Field l Philadelphia, Pa. 
     Watch: Ivy League Digital Network ($) l Live Stats
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 DUKE

 

Roster l Coaches l Statistics l Schedule & Results l Game Notes

 

 SAINT JOSEPH'S

 

Roster l Coaches l Statistics l Schedule & Results l Game Notes

 

 PENN

 

Roster l Coaches l Statistics l Schedule & Results

 

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DURHAM, N.C. – The Blue Devils head north to Philadelphia for a pair of non-conference contests, facing Saint Joseph’s Thursday and Penn Saturday. Saturday’s matchup at historic Franklin Field features a pair of top-20 teams in No. 12 Penn and No. 16 Duke.

Duke Takes on Non-Conference Foes in Philly
• After facing ACC opponents in each of the last three weeks, the Blue Devils step out of conference action this week for contests against Saint Joseph’s of the Atlantic 10 and Penn of the Ivy League.
• The Duke program is 32-2 historically against teams from the Atlantic 10 and 32-19 all-time against Ivy League opponents.
• This season, the Blue Devils are unbeaten against non-conference foes with a 4-0 mark, while suffering all three losses to ACC opponents.

Jenner Among Nation’s Leaders in Draw Circle
• Sophomore attacker Olivia Jenner has not missed a beat in her return to the draw circle this spring. She has accounted for 49 of Duke’s 106 draws in seven contests, corralling a season-high 11 last Feb. 18 against Stanford.
• The Blue Devils are 3-2 this spring when holding an advantage in the draw controls category.
• Jenner enters the weekend ranked third in the ACC and fifth nationally with an average of 7.0 draw controls per game. Senior defender Maura Schwitter is second on the team with 21 draws and junior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield third with 14.
• With 159 career draw controls, Jenner surpassed 2015 graduate Kerrin Maurer to move into sixth on the program’s all-time list. The 159 draws also rank Jenner ninth among all active Division I players.

Duke Career Draw Controls
1. 265 Emma Hamm, 2008-12
2. 184 Taylor Virden, 2011-14
3. 162 Caroline Cryer, 2005-09
    162 Kat Thomas, 2009-12
    162 Katie Chrest, 2003-06
6. 159 Olivia Jenner, 2016-Present

Harney Approaching Century Mark
• With 13 goals this season, junior attacker Kyra Harney is closing in on the 100-goal mark for her career. She enters the week just five shy of the milestone at 95 tallies.
• Harney would become the 17th player in program history to reach the 100-goal mark, joining former teammates Kerrin Maurer (161) and Taylor Trimble (135) as the most recent Blue Devils to achieve the milestone.
• Harney topped the 100-point mark for her career last April, becoming only the sixth player in Duke history to join the century club in her second year.

In the Statistical Landscape
• Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Lockwood’s average of 3.14 ground balls per game leads the ACC while junior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield is second in the league in that category (2.71 gb/gm). Lockwood is also third among conference goalkeepers in save percentage (.487) and saves per game (7.86).
• The Blue Devils have been efficient at the eight-meter mark, topping the ACC in free position percentage (.522). Freshman midfielder Catherine Cordrey is second in the conference in free position percentage (.714) and fifth in free position goals per game (0.71).

Defense Running Out the Shot Clock
• The Blue Devils have continued the program’s trend of tough defensive play in 2017, forcing opposing teams into shot clock violations 10 times this season. Following a shot clock violation by the other team, Duke has scored the next goal six of the 10 times.
• The unit ranks fifth in the ACC and top-25 nationally in goals against average (9.43).

Saint Joseph’s Series History
• Duke and the Hawks will square off for just the second time in program history with the only other meeting resulting in a 24-2 Blue Devil victory April 23, 2006 in Durham. Duke was ranked No. 1 in the country in that meeting.

Scouting the Hawks
• Saint Joseph’s sits at 2-3 overall entering Thursday’s matchup in Philadelphia. The Hawks are coming off of a West Coast swing that saw the squad top California (18-17) before falling at San Diego State (12-13).
• Sophomore midfielder Hayley Sabol helps Saint Joseph’s pace the nation in free position percentage (.667). Senior attacker Nora McCallion and sophomore midfielder Rebecca Lane lead the team with 21 points each.
• Amelia Deibler and Liz O’Sullivan have shared time in goal for the Hawks, combining for 45 saves and a 12.40 goals against average.
• The Hawks are led by head coach Alex Kahoe, a former Duke assistant under Kerstin Kimel from 2006-11. Kahoe is also the stepsister of current Blue Devil senior Kitty Morrissey.

Penn Series History
• The Blue Devils and the Quakers will meet for the second straight season and ninth time overall Sunday. Duke is 1-2 historically when facing Penn in Philadelphia.
• Duke used a 12-6 victory over the 13th-ranked Quakers in last year’s meeting to rebound from a two-game slide. Leading 7-6 early in the second half at Koskinen Stadium, the Blue Devils rounded out the contest on a 5-0 run.
Kyra Harney and Hayley Shaffer both turned in multiple tallies in the 2016 meeting while Olivia Jenner and Maura Schwitter helped Duke claim the draw by a 14-6 margin.

Scouting the Quakers
• Twelfth-ranked Penn enters the week on a two-game win streak with victories over Lehigh (17-9) and Georgetown (14-6).
• Freshman Erin Barry picked up Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and ILWomen.com Co-Rookie of the Week laurels after totaling eight goals, eight ground balls, seven draw controls and two caused turnovers in the team’s last two outings.
• Alex Condon leads the squad with 26 points on 19 goals and seven assists.
• In goal, Britt Brown has notched an 8.00 goals against average to go along with a .551 save percentage.
• The Quakers are led by head coach Karin Brower Corbett, who along with Duke head coach Kerstin Kimel was recognized by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) in November for their NCAA legislation efforts to slow down early recruiting in the sport.

Against Ranked Foes
• The strength of Duke’s 2017 slate has been on display already this spring with two contests against ranked foes. The Blue Devils defeated No. 12 Stanford, 12-8, Feb. 18 before dropping a narrow 12-11 decision to No. 9 Notre Dame at home Feb. 26.
• Duke went 5-7 against ranked foes last spring and is 14-13 against ranked opponents since 2015.
• Nine of the Blue Devils’ 2017 opponents were ranked in this week’s edition of the IWLCA Division I Coaches Poll, including 12th-ranked Penn.

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