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No. 1 Duke Rounds Out Road Swing at UVA, JMU
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 09/07/2017
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     When: Friday, Sept. 8 l 5 p.m.
     Where: Turf Field l Charlottesville, Va.
     Watch: ACC Network Extra l Live Stats
     Connect: Twitter @DukeFHFacebook /DukeFHInstagram @dukefh




     When: Sunday, Sept. 10 l 1 p.m. 
     Where: JMU Field Hockey Complex l Harrisonburg, Va.
     Watch: MadiZONE HD SportsNet l Live Stats
     Connect: Twitter @DukeFHFacebook /DukeFHInstagram @dukefh




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




Roster l Coaches l Statistics l Schedule & Results




Roster l Coaches l Statistics l Schedule & Results




DURHAM, N.C. –  The Duke field hockey team opens ACC play as the top-ranked team in the country, climbing to the No. 1 spot in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll. Two regional matchups are on tap for the squad this weekend, as the Blue Devils travel to No. 10 Virginia Friday evening and No. 15 James Madison Sunday afternoon. Friday’s 5 p.m. contest against the Cavaliers will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra while Sunday’s match in Harrisonburg will be streamed on James Madison’s MadiZONE HD SportsNet.

By the Numbers
2 - Career NFHCA Division I Defensive Player of the Week nods for goalkeeper Sammi Steele following this week’s selection
3 - Teams in the country are unscored upon so far in 2017 - Duke, Syracuse and Cornell 5 - One-goal meetings between Duke and Virginia in the past seven meetings between the programs
2 - Duke’s ACC rank in shots per game at 20.0
42 - Consecutive weeks in which Duke has been ranked among the top 10 teams in the country, dating back to the 2013 season
6 - ACC teams ranked inside the top 10 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Preseason Poll
5 - Seniors in the Blue Devils’ current starting lineup

Back at the Top
• After spending the final three weeks of the 2016 campaign at No. 1 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, the Blue Devils returned to the top spot in the national rankings Tuesday.
• It marked the second time in program history Duke reached the No. 1 spot in the national poll.
• The squad was tabbed No. 2 in the preseason poll and overtook previous No. 1 North Carolina this week following B1G/ACC Cup wins over No. 6 Maryland and No. 14 Northwestern.
• Duke is 2-2 all-time when playing as the nation’s No. 1 team.

Steele Collects Trio of Weekly Honors
• With two shutout victories over the weekend, redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Sammi Steele netted a trio of accolades this week.
• The Eagleville, Pa., native was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday and the Longstreth/NFHCA Division I National Defensive Player of the Week Wednesday. Steele’s performances also earned her Duke Student-Athlete of the Week recognition.
• Steele was a two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Week selection in 2016 in addition to garnering Longstreth/NFHCA Division I National Player of the Week honors once.

 Duke Opponents Scoreless to Start the Year
• Behind the efforts of goalkeeper Sammi Steele and the Blue Devils’ veteran back line, the squad has held opponents scoreless for 210 minutes to start the season.
• Duke posted three straight shutouts to begin the year for the first time since 1991.
• In last Friday’s 2-0 shutout of No. 6 Maryland, the Blue Devils held the Terrapins to just five shots and one penalty corner. Against No. 14 Northwestern, the defensive penalty corner unit shined, preventing a Wildcats goal on six second-half corner opportunities.
• The Blue Devils are one of three teams with a 0.00 goals against average through the second week of the season.

Teams with 0.00 Goals Against Average
Syracuse (5-0)
Duke (3-0)
Cornell (2-0)

Challenging Slate Continues
• Duke will face two more ranked foes this weekend in No. 10 Virginia and No. 15 James Madison.
• Since 2013, the program has compiled a 42-25 ledger against ranked teams.
• Thirteen of Duke’s 2017 opponents were listed in the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches poll, including five opponents inside the top 10.
• The Blue Devils went 12-4 against ranked foes last fall en route to finishing No. 1 in the NCAA RPI and’s Strength of Schedule rankings.

Virginia Series History
• Duke and the Cavaliers will meet for the 54th time Friday with Virginia leading the all-time series, 34-19.
• The Blue Devils have claimed back-to-back contests in the series after the Cavaliers won the previous three meetings.
• Last year’s regular season matchup saw Duke rally for a 3-2 victory at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium after surrendering a goal to Virginia in the early minutes. Stephanie Pezzuti provided the game winner in the 49th minute, putting away a rebound at the back post.

Scouting the Cavaliers
• Virginia features the 2016 Longstreth/NFHCA National Player of the Year in senior midfielder Tara Vittese. Vittese garnered NFHCA National Offensive Player of the Week and ACC Offensive Player of the Week laurels this week after totaling 19 points in wins over Columbia and Monmouth.
• The Cavaliers moved to 3-1 on the season with the wins. The squad’s lone loss so far this fall came at the hands of No. 7 Penn State Aug. 27.
• Vittese entered this week leading the country in points per game (7.75) and tied for first in goals per game (3.00). Goalkeeper Carrera Lucas was tied for first in the ACC in saves per game (4.25).

Duke vs. the ACC
• The Duke program is 48-108-2 all-time in regular season ACC action.
• The squad went 5-1 against conference foes last season en route to capturing the program’s first regular season ACC title.

James Madison Series History
• The Blue Devils hold an 18-11-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Dukes and are winners of six straight meetings.
• Duke recorded a 7-1 victory last season in Durham behind a career-high four goals from Heather Morris.

Scouting the Dukes
• Boasting a 4-0 record, James Madison jumped four spots to No. 15 in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll. The ranking is the highest for the program since 2009.
• The Dukes opened the season with a pair of wins over ranked foes, defeating No. 25 Liberty 3-1 and No. 23 Old Dominion 3-2 (PS).
• Miranda Rigg paces the offense with four tallies on the year while Lisa Lejeune (2g, 2a) and Ashley Gippe (3g) have accounted for six points each. Goalkeeper Sara Kraeutler enters the weekend with a 0.86 goals against average and a .786 save percentage.
• James Madison hosts Saint Joseph’s Friday night before welcoming the Blue Devils Sunday.

Duke vs. the CAA
• The Blue Devils are 64-26-2 historically against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association. Duke dispatched another CAA team, William & Mary, by a 5-0 score in the 2017 season opener.