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Blue Devils Open ACC Tournament Play Thursday
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/31/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke heads to Louisville as the No. 2 seed in the 2017 ACC Championship and will face No. 7 seed Boston College Thursday in the quarterfinals. The 1:30 p.m. contest will be broadcast on RSN and ACC Network Extra.

Head coach Pam Bustin’s squad enters the postseason ranked second in the NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll and having won 12 of its last 13 games.

Thursday, 1:30 p.m. l Trager Stadium – Louisville, Ky.
RSN l ACC Network Extra  
• Duke is 12-7 all-time against the Eagles. The two squads will square off in ACC Tournament action for the first time.
• The Blue Devils have claimed five consecutive contests in the series, including a 3-2 overtime shootout victory for Duke Sept. 29 in Newton, Mass.
• Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Sammi Steele totaled nine saves through regulation and two overtime periods before going on to stop the Eagles on three of their five shootout attempts in that win.
• Boston College received the No. 7 seed in the ACC Championship after going 0-6 in league play. The Eagles enter the postseason with an overall ledger of 11-7 following a 3-0 loss to No. 1 UConn in their last outing.
• The loss to the Huskies was the first for Boston College this season in non-conference play.
• The Eagles rank second in the ACC in saves, averaging 4.67 per contest behind the play of goalkeeper Sarah Dwyer, who owns a 1.82 goals against average and a .692 save percentage.
• Alesandra Miller (3g, 7a) and Fusine Govaert (6g, 1a) pace the attack with 13 points each on the year while Lucy Lytle (5g, 2a) has notched 12 points.

Duke in the ACC Tournament
• The Blue Devils rounded out their regular season ACC slate with a 4-2 ledger to secure the No. 2 seed in the ACC Championship.
• Duke owns an all-time record of 16-34 in the conference tournament while making three trips to the title match (1999k, 2003, 2011). The program is 13-13 historically in quarterfinal contests and 1-1 when playing as the tournament’s No. 2 seed.
• The Blue Devils captured the 2016 ACC regular season title, doing so for the first time in program history, before falling to North Carolina in the tournament semifinals.

Operational Information
• Fan parking on Thursday will be available in the Solae lot across Floyd Street south of Trager Stadium. There will be no charge for parking in the Solae lot and shuttle services will be provided for those who wish to utilize them. 
• Event parking Friday and Sunday will be available only in the Floyd Street Parking Garage for a $5 fee. Please use the entrance on Floyd Street (directly across from the Don Fightmaster Playground). 
• Tickets will be available for $5 at the gate. 

Quick Hits
• The Blue Devils finished up their regular season schedule unbeaten against non-conference foes with an 11-0 record.
• Head coach Pam Bustin’s squad has won 12 of its last 13 games and continues to maintain the No. 2 spot in the NFHCA weekly poll.
• Duke has gotten on the board first in all 15 of its victories on the season.
• The Blue Devils recorded the 500th win in program history Oct. 20 in a 3-2 triumph over North Carolina.

Last Time Out
• Duke wrapped up the regular season with its sixth straight win, dispatching Appalachian State by a 4-0 score Saturday in the regular season finale at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.
• Senior Ashley Kristen notched two goals and classmate Alyssa Chillano added one tally and one assist as the Blue Devils celebrated their six-member senior class in style.
• Junior forward Caroline Andretta also finished with one goal and one assist.
• For the contest, the Blue Devils outshot the Mountaineers, 36-6, and totaled 12 penalty corners to just one by the visitors.

Senior Send-Off
• Duke honored its six-member senior class following last Saturday’s regular season finale at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.
Alyssa Chillano, Sarah Furey, Ainsley Gill, Ashley Kristen, Alexa Mackintire and Stephanie Pezzuti have guided the Blue Devils to a 58-20 record and three straight NCAA quarterfinals appearances, including a trip to the national semifinals in 2015.

Shutouts Stacking Up
• With their seventh shutout of the season Saturday against Appalachian State, the Blue Devils have now posted 13 shutouts in the last two years and 27 in the last five.
• Duke ranks second in the ACC and fourth nationally in shutouts per game (0.41).
• The program record for shutouts in a season is 11, achieved by the Blue Devils in 1982.

Kristen Climbing Career Charts
• Senior forward Ashley Kristen tallied two goals Saturday against the Mountaineers to move her career total to 27, the most of any current Blue Devil.
• The 27 goals tie Kristen for 19th on Duke’s all-time career charts, while her 79 career points rank her 15th all-time at Duke.
• Kristen is one of five Blue Devils with multiple-goal games this year.


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