LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The second-seeded Blue Devils reached the ACC Championship semifinals for the second straight year with a 3-2 overtime victory against Boston College Thursday, and will face Louisville Friday in the semifinals. The third-seeded Cardinals advanced following a 3-2 win over Syracuse. The 2:30 p.m. contest between the two squads will be broadcast on RSN and ACC Network Extra.
NO. 2 SEED DUKE AT NO. 3 SEED LOUISVILLE – ACC SEMIFINALS
Friday, 2:30 p.m. l Trager Stadium – Louisville, Ky.
RSN l ACC Network Extra l Live Stats
• Duke leads the all-time series with the Cardinals, 10-3, and has claimed five of the last six contests in the series.
• The Blue Devils earned a 5-0 victory over Louisville during the regular season meeting Sept. 15 in Durham. Four different players found the back of the cage in Duke’s home opener.
• A dominant defensive performance limited the Cardinals to just two first-half shots and two total penalty corners during that meeting.
• Duke head coach Pam Bustin spent 13 seasons (1998-2010) as Louisville’s head coach prior to coming to Durham. Bustin is 3-1 against her former program.
• Louisville secured a spot in the ACC Championship semifinals for the first time since joining the conference in 2014. The Cardinals edged Syracuse, 3-2, in Thursday’s quarterfinals to move to 13-6 on the year.
• Senior Marigrace Ragsdale notched the game winner with 2:03 remaining Thursday against the Orange, lifting the Cardinals to the win. Ragsdale and Minout Mink pace Louisville with 21 points each this fall.
• Goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran made four saves - all in the first half - of Thursday’s contest and owns a 1.95 goals against average and a .667 save percentage.
• Louisville freshman Alli Bitting is the younger sister of Blue Devil midfielder Morgan Bitting.
• Head coach Pam Bustin’s squad has won seven straight contests and 13 of its last 14 games.
• Duke has gotten on the board first in all 16 of its victories on the season.
Duke in the ACC Tournament
• Duke owns an all-time record of 17-34 in the conference tournament while making three trips to the title match (1999, 2003, 2011). The program is 3-18 historically in semifinal contests and 2-1 when playing as the tournament’s No. 2 seed.
• The Blue Devils advanced to the tournament semifinals for the second consecutive season.
Last Time Out
• After playing to an overtime shootout during the regular season, Duke and Boston College needed overtime again Thursday in the ACC Championship quarterfinals.
• Sophomore midfielder Margaux Paolino knocked in the game winner four minutes into overtime to lift the second-seeded Blue Devils to the 3-2 victory.
• Junior Rose Tynan gave the Blue Devils the early advantage with two tallies inside the first nine minutes.
• Duke held the Eagles to six shots and two penalty corners on the afternoon.