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Blue Devils Open ACC Play at Syracuse Friday
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 09/13/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – Following an impressive 4-1 defeat of then-No. 5 Penn State, the Blue Devils hit the road again this weekend, opening ACC play Friday at No. 12 Syracuse. The matchup is set for 4 p.m. on ACC Network Extra. Fourth-ranked Duke enters the weekend with a 4-2 ledger while the 12th-ranked Orange sit at 3-2.

Sunday’s scheduled home contest against Saint Joseph’s has been moved to Syracuse, N.Y., due to inclement weather from Hurricane Florence.

By the Numbers
3 - Consecutive weeks in which a Blue Devil has received an award from the ACC, with senior forward Rose Tynan garnering ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week recognition Tuesday
6 - Straight ranked opponents Duke has faced to begin the season heading into Friday’s matchup with No. 12 Syracuse
3 - Duke’s ranking in the latest Division I Strength of Schedule rating, according to FieldHockeyCorner.com
1 - Career goal for junior back Jillian Wolgemuth, who registered her first tally on a corner in a 4-1 defeat of then-No. 5 Penn State Sunday
102 - Victories at Duke for head coach Pam Bustin, who reached the century milestone Aug. 26 against Liberty

Tynan Tabbed for ACC Weekly Honor
A Blue Devil received ACC Player of the Week recognition for the third straight week to start the season. Senior forward Rose Tynan garnered Co-Offensive Player of the Week laurels Tuesday following a seven-point performance in a pair of contests against top-six opponents.

Tynan racked up three goals in contests against No. 5 Penn State and No. 6 Princeton to enter the week leading the team with six tallies on the year. She has now scored in four of Duke’s six matches on the season. Tynan ranks second in the ACC in points per game (2.50) and is tied for second in the conference in goals per game (1.00). She owns 80 career points in 63 contests.

2018 Player of the Week Honors
Sept. 11 ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week – Rose Tynan
Sept. 4 ACC Offensive Player of the Week – Olivia Sahaydak
Aug. 28 ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Week – Jillian Wolgemuth

Defense Shines Against Nittany Lions
Duke’s defense held then-No. 5 Penn State to a single tally inside the first 20 minutes of Sunday’s 4-1 neutral site victory. The defensive unit limited a Penn State front line that entered the weekend averaging over 20 shots a game to just 11 looks. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Sammi Steele anchored the performance with three saves.

Duke Faces Orange in ACC Opener
After going 4-2 in six non-conference contests to open the season, the Blue Devils kick off league play Friday night at Syracuse. The Duke program is 52-110-2 all-time in regular season ACC contests and went 4-2 against league foes last year.

In the Statistical Landscape
The Blue Devils enter their ACC opener ranked among the conference leaders in several statistical categories. The squad is second in the league in goals per game (3.50), assists per game (2.67), points per game (9.67), penalty corners per game (6.17) and scoring margin (1.66). Duke is seventh nationally in goals per game.

Redshirt junior goalkeeper Sammi Steele ranks second in the ACC in shutouts per game (0.33). In addition to ranking among the conference leaders in scoring, senior forward Rose Tynan eighth nationally in points per game and ninth in goals per game.

No. 4 Duke at No. 12 Syracuse
Friday, 4 p.m. l Syracuse, N.Y. – J.S. Coyne Stadium
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Duke heads to Syracuse, N.Y., seeking its first win in the series with the Orange. Syracuse has claimed each of the past five meetings since joining the ACC in 2013.

A late goal by the Orange was the difference in last year’s Oct. 7 regular season meeting at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium, as the Blue Devils fell by a 2-1 score. Duke jumped out to an early advantage behind a tally by Rose Tynan and received eight saves from goalkeeper Sammi Steele in a defensive battle with Syracuse.

Head coach Ange Bradley’s squad looks to snap a two-game skid Friday night against the Blue Devils. The Orange surrendered losses to then-No. 1 UConn and No. 8 Virginia last weekend to sit at 3-2.

Syracuse entered the week ranked among the nation’s top 20 teams in goals against average (16th, 1.31) behind the play of goalkeeper Borg van der Velde, who is third in the ACC in save percentage (.750). Chiara Gutsche paces the Orange attack with three goals while Laura Graziosi has five points on two goals and an assist.

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