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Blue Devils Begin Road Swing at Louisville Saturday
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Release: 03/10/2017
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 NO. 13 DUKE AT LOUISVILLE

 

     When: Saturday, March 11 l 12 p.m.
     Where: UofL Lacrosse Stadium l Louisville, Ky.
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DURHAM, N.C. – Thirteenth-ranked Duke and Louisville enter a Saturday matchup with both squads in search of their first ACC win of the season. The contest kicks off a five-game road swing by the Blue Devils.

Duke Looks to Turn Things Around at Louisville
• The Blue Devils head to Louisville looking to halt a two-game skid that included losses to No. 9 Notre Dame and Virginia Tech. The program last dropped back-to-back contests in February of 2016 before bouncing back with a pair of wins.
• Duke was outshot by both the Irish and Hokies in the two losses and came up with fewer ground balls. Additionally, the squad committed at least 18 turnovers in both contests.
• In a bright spot for the Blue Devils, draws were even against Notre Dame (12-12), while Duke outdrew Virginia Tech by a 12-7 margin.

Reaching the Perfect 10
• Since 2013, Duke is 51-12 when scoring at least 10 goals in a game. The Blue Devils are 5-18 in that span when being held to fewer than 10 goals.
• This season, the squad has gone 3-1 in contests when scoring 10 goals or more, and 1-1 when notching fewer than 10 tallies.
• Over the past five seasons, Duke is 7-26 when allowing 10 or more goals in a contest and 49-4 when holding opponents under 10 tallies.

In the Statistical Landscape
• Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Lockwood’s average of 3.17 ground balls per game leads the ACC. Junior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield is also third in the ACC in that category (2.83 gb/gm).
• Sophomore attacker Olivia Jenner is averaging 6.5 draw controls per outing to rank fourth in the ACC and seventh in the country.
• The Blue Devils lead all ACC squads in free position percentage (.513) and average 15.0 draw controls per game to rank third in the conference and 10th nationally.

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 seven times this season. Following a shot clock violation by the other team, Duke has scored the next goal five of the seven times.
• The unit ranks fifth in the ACC and top-30 nationally in goals against average (9.17).

Opponent-Time of SCV-Game Score-Next Goal
Drexel-00:18, 1st-5-6-Duke
Drexel-20:38, 2nd-7-6-Duke
Stanford-26:53, 1st-0-0-Duke
Stanford-8:08, 2nd-8-8-Duke
Notre Dame-24:58, 1st-1-0-Duke
Notre Dame-18:32, 1st-3-2-Notre Dame
Virginia Tech-21:44, 1st-0-0-Virginia Tech

Louisville Series History
• Duke heads to Louisville having won all four previous meetings in the series, including three since the Cardinals joined the ACC. The Blue Devils are 1-0 historically when facing Louisville on the road.
• Last year’s regular season meeting in Durham saw Duke outscore the fifth-ranked Cardinals 9-1 in the opening half to fuel a 16-5 victory. Maddie Crutchfield set a program record in that contest with six assists, and also added four draw controls and a career-high nine points. Kelci Smesko and Kyra Harney also turned in hat tricks in the win.

Blue Devils vs. the Cardinals
• After setting the program’s single-game assist record against Louisville last season, junior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield maintains career-highs of six assists and nine points from that contest. In three career games against the Cardinals, she owns four goals, seven assists, seven ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers.
• Junior attacker Kyra Harney has recorded six goals, three assists, two ground balls, one draw control and one caused turnover in three games against Louisville, while fellow attacker Grace Fallon had one goal, two assists, two ground balls and one caused turnover in last year’s win.

Scouting the Cardinals
• Louisville is coming off of a 9-7 loss to Notre Dame in its ACC opener last Saturday. The squad’s only other loss on the spring was an 11-10 decision at the hands of Denver Feb. 18.
• The Cardinals entered the week pacing the conference in saves per game (11.14) and save percentage (.569) behind the play of goalkeeper Brittany Read, who owns an 8.67 goals against average.
• Senior attacker Hannah Koloski leads the ACC with 4.00 goals per game and 2.14 free position goals per outing. Koloski (30) and sophomore midfielder Meghan Siverson (31) have both topped the 30-point mark for the season.

Duke vs. the ACC
• Following losses to Notre Dame and Virginia Tech, Duke will be in search of its first conference win Saturday against the Cardinals.
• Under the direction of head coach Kerstin Kimel, the Blue Devil program is 51-40 historically in regular season ACC action. Duke compiled a 4-3 ledger against conference opponents last season.

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