DURHAM, N.C. – Duke continues a five-game road swing this weekend, traveling to Princeton, N.J., to face the sixth-ranked Tigers Friday before facing fifth-ranked Penn State Sunday in Philadelphia, Pa. Ranked fourth in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, the Blue Devils go up against two more ranked foes after splitting last weekend’s B1G/ACC Cup action against Maryland and Northwestern.
Sunday’s neutral site contest against the Nittany Lions at Temple marks Duke’s first meeting with Penn State since 2011.
By the Numbers
2 - ACC Player of the Week honors earned by Blue Devils in as many weeks of the season - Jillian Wolgemuth (Aug. 28) and Olivia Sahaydak (Sept. 4)
5 - Duke’s ranking in the latest Division I Strength of Schedule rating, according to FieldHockeyCorner.com
8 - Different Blue Devils have accounted for Duke’s 15 goals on the season
1- Career goal for sophomore midfielder Lily Posternak, who registered the first tally of her career last Sunday at No. 4 Maryland
101 - Victories at Duke for head coach Pam Bustin, who reached the century milestone Aug. 26 against Liberty
Sahaydak on a Scoring Streak
Freshman forward Olivia Sahaydak has found the back of the cage in three consecutive contests and leads the Blue Devils with four goals on the year. Sahaydak turned in the first multiple-goal game of her career in a 4-0 shutout of then-No. 12 Northwestern at last weekend’s B1G/ACC Cup. She went on to garner ACC Offensive Player of the Week honors Tuesday, marking the second consecutive week a Blue Devil received a weekly award from the league. Junior back Jillian Wolgemuth was tabbed the ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Week Aug. 28.
Sahaydak enters the weekend ranked second in the ACC and ninth nationally with 1.00 goals per game. As a team, Duke is second in the league and eighth in the country in scoring (3.75 goals per game).
Duke’s freshman goals record is held by Melissa Panasci, who racked up 15 tallies as a rookie in 1994.
Challenging Slate Continues
After going 3-1 in early tests against ranked opponents, Duke continues the challenging stretch this weekend against two top-10 foes in No. 5 Penn State and No. 6 Princeton. The Blue Devils were ranked No. 5 in the latest Division I Strength of Schedule ratings on FieldHockeyCorner.com. The program is 37-16 against ranked foes since 2015.
No. 4 Duke at No. 6 Princeton
Friday, 4 p.m. – Bedford Field, Princeton, N.J.
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The Blue Devils and the Tigers square off for the third straight season and 11th time overall Friday. The all-time series is even at 5-5 following three straight wins by Duke. A Rose Tynan goal in the 53rd minute proved to be the difference in last year’s meeting, a 2-1 Blue Devil victory in Durham. Defensively, Duke held the Tigers to just one tally on seven second-half penalty corner attempts.
Princeton jumped four spots to No. 10 in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll before edging Penn State, 2-1, in double overtime Tuesday evening. Annabeth Donovan had the game-winning goal less than three minutes into the second overtime period. The Tigers are 1-1 this season against ACC squads with a 4-0 shutout of then-No. 14 Wake Forest and a 1-0 loss to No. 2 North Carolina. Sophia Tornetta headlines Princeton’s front line with two goals while goalkeeper Grace Baylis enters the weekend with a .800 save percentage and a 0.81 goals against average.
The Blue Devils are 14-5 historically against teams from the Ivy League. Duke has faced Princeton more than any other Ivy League team.
No. 4 Duke vs. No. 5 Penn State
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – Temple Sports Complex, Philadelphia, Pa.
Duke will face the Nittany Lions for the first time since 2011 Sunday in Philadelphia. Penn State holds a 6-1 advantage in the all-time series. The teams’ last meeting came during Duke head coach Pam Bustin’s first season at the helm of the Blue Devil program. The top-10 matchup in Durham saw the Nittany Lions come away with a 2-1 victory.
Ranked fifth in the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, Penn State enters the weekend with a 2-1 ledger following Tuesday’s double overtime loss to Princeton. Head coach Charlene Morett-Curtiss’ squad hosts Kent State Friday prior to Sunday’s neutral site contest against the Blue Devils. The Nittany Lions are being led offensively by two goals each from Emily Klingler and Anna Simon. Madison Morano and Mary Nell Smith both own two assists each while Jenny Rizzo has compiled a .867 save percentage and 0.65 goals against average in the goal cage.
The Blue Devils are 41-56-4 historically against teams from the Big Ten Conference. Duke went 1-1 against Big Ten foes last weekend, shutting out No. 12 Northwestern before being edged by No. 4 Maryland, 4-3.