DURHAM, N.C. – Following a season-opening victory over No. 21 Elon, the Blue Devils return to action with a pair of home contests against Campbell and No. 11 Northwestern. Duke continues the season-opening home stand by welcoming the Camels to Koskinen Stadium Friday at 2 p.m. and the Wildcats Sunday at 12 p.m. Both contests will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.
The Blue Devils improved to 22-1 all-time in season openers with Sunday’s 17-9 defeat of the Phoenix.
NO. 20 DUKE VS. CAMPBELL
Friday, 2 p.m. l Koskinen Stadium – Durham, N.C.
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• Duke claimed the only previous meeting between the two schools, a 20-4 contest Feb. 4, 2016 in Koskinen Stadium.
• That meeting saw Olivia Jenner post a hat trick in her Duke debut, with Kyra Harney also adding three tallies.
• Campbell dropped a 16-5 decision at Richmond in its Feb. 10 season opener.
• The Camels are coming off of the best season in program history in 2017, totaling 10 wins and advancing to the Big South Championship contest for the first time.
• The squad tied for second in the Big South’s preseason coaches poll and featured three players on the Preseason All-Big South team in junior midfielder Melissa Placek, senior attacker Kayla Reilly and senior defender Megan Reilly. Placek led Campbell in scoring (46g) and in draw controls (98) a year ago while Kayla ranked 13th nationally in assists per game during her junior campaign.
• The Camels’ coaching staff includes assistant coach Taelar Robinson (formerly Errington), who spent the 2016 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Duke. • The Blue Devils are 7-0 historically against teams from the Big South Conference.
• Duke will face another Big South team later this season in High Point.
NO. 20 DUKE VS. NO. 11 NORTHWESTERN
Sunday, 12 p.m. l Koskinen Stadium – Durham, N.C.
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• Sunday marks the 18th meeting between Duke and the Wildcats. Northwestern holds a 14-3 advantage in the all-time series.
• Tied 8-8 with 13 minutes to play in last year’s matchup in Evanston, the Blue Devils were unable to contain the Wildcats down the stretch in a 12-10 setback. The contest featured two of the nation’s draw control leaders in junior Olivia Jenner and the Wildcats’ Shelby Fredericks, with Northwestern taking the draw by a narrow 14-12 margin.
• In three career contests against the Wildcats, Kyra Harney owns six goals and two assists while Maddie Crutchfield has logged six goals, two assists, six ground balls, two draw controls and four caused turnovers.
• Northwestern sits at 3-0 following a 15-8 victory over No. 17 Colorado Thursday in Evanston. The Wildcats opened the season with wins over Canisius and Detroit Mercy.
• Ranked 11th in the preseason Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll, head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller’s squad is coming off of an 11-10 campaign in 2017, culminating in a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
• Attacker Selena Lasota returned to the field for Northwestern last weekend after missing the final 17 games of the 2017 season due to injury. She was tabbed the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday after totaling six goals, three assists and seven draw controls in the team’s first two contests.
• The Wildcats entered the week leading the nation in draw controls per game (19.0) and scoring margin (15.0).
• The Blue Devils are 15-34 all-time against teams from the Big Ten Conference.
Parking and Operational Information
• General public parking for Friday's contest will be available in the Science Drive Garage beginning at 12 p.m. Parking for persons with disabilities will be available in the Whitford Lot. on Whitford Drive.
• Single game tickets are available for all regular season contests at Koskinen Stadium by visiting goduke.com/tickets, calling (919) 681-BLUE or visiting the ticket booths on game day.
By the Numbers
4 - Blue Devil freshmen started their first collegiate contest last Sunday, with 9 of the 10 rookies taking the field in the season opener
43 - Draw controls needed by junior Olivia Jenner to match the career program record held by Emma Hamm (265)
94.7 - Duke’s clearing percentage in the season-opening win over No. 21 Elon (18-of-19)
8 - Returning starters from a season ago, including the team’s top two scorers from 2017 in Kyra Harney (50 points) and Maddie Crutchfield (49)
3 - Former Blue Devils competed in the FIL World Cup over the summer - Sarah Bullard (U.S.), Emma Lazaroff (Israel) and Kerrin Maurer (Italy)
Vasile Makes the Most of Duke Debut
• Blue Devil freshman Gigi Vasile received ACC Defensive Player of the Week recognition Tuesday following an impressive performance in her first collegiate game.
• A defender from Webster, N.Y., Vasile was tasked with marking Nicole Sinacori, one of Elon’s returning leading scorers. The rookie held Sinacori scoreless in the 17-9 Duke victory, limiting the Phoenix attacker to just two shots.
• Vasile also registered one caused turnover and was a key part of a defensive unit that surrendered just three first-half goals.
Newcomers Shine in Season Opener
• A total of nine Blue Devil freshmen took the field for the first time in the season opener, with attacker Charlotte North, midfielders Catriona Barry and Abby Landry and defender Gigi Vasile earning starting nods.
• North recorded a hat trick in her Duke debut while Barry had two assists. Rookie attacker Mary Markwordt also notched two points on a goal and an assist.
Balanced Scoring Effort Against Phoenix
• Nine different Blue Devils found the back of the net in the season-opening win over Elon and 10 players registered at least one point on the day.
• Senior Maddie Crutchfield paced the attack with four goals and an assist, and filled out the stat sheet with four draw controls, a ground ball and two caused turnovers.
• Junior Olivia Jenner and freshman Charlotte North also finished with hat tricks, while senior Grace Fallon notched a career-high five points on two goals and three assists.
Home Sweet Home
• Head coach Kerstin Kimel’s squad will play 11 of its 16 regular season contests at home in Koskinen Stadium this spring. The 11 home contests include ACC matchups against Louisville, Virginia and Boston College.
• Duke went 4-4 at home last spring and is 66-21 at Koskinen since the 2009 season.