DURHAM, N.C. – After closing the month of September with three straight victories, fourth-ranked Duke returns to Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium Friday night to host No. 18 Virginia. The 6 p.m. matchup will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. The Blue Devils round out the weekend with a road contest at No. 22 Old Dominion Sunday at 12 p.m.
Duke enters the weekend with a 7-3 ledger against ranked opponents.
Friday Night Promotions
Friday's ACC contest against Virginia at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadiums marks Duke's Pink Game in honor of breast cancer awareness. Marketing giveaways include pink Duke fandanas, Duke stickers and face tattoos and Bojangles chicken biscuits. Following the game, members of the team will sign autographs on the field.
By the Numbers
3 - Assists recorded by freshman Leah Crouse at Appalachian State, marking the most by a Blue Devil in a game since 2016
1 - Career hat trick notched by freshman forward Olivia Sahaydak, which came against the Mountaineers
2013 - The last time a Blue Devil rookie turned in a hat trick (Heather Morris vs. Drexel)
8 - Season high number of assists notched by the Blue Devils last Sunday at Appalachian State
23 - Combined goals scored by Duke’s senior trio of Caroline Andretta, Erin Scherrer and Rose Tynan
Freshman Force on the Front Line
Olivia Sahaydak notched three goals and Leah Crouse finished with three assists in last Sunday’s 8-0 shutout of Appalachian State. Sahaydak’s hat trick marked the first by a Blue Devil rookie since Heather Morris found the back of the cage three times against Drexel in 2013. The three assists by Crouse were the most by a Duke player since Margaux Paolino tallied three against William & Mary in 2016.
Crouse ranks second on the squad and sixth in the ACC with six assists on the season while Sahaydak is third on the team in goals (7) and fourth in points (14).
Davidson Pushes Blue Devils Past Wake Forest
A penalty stroke by sophomore back Lexi Davidson proved to be the difference in a back and forth ACC battle Sept. 28 at Wake Forest. The Blue Devils overcame an early deficit to defeat the 21st-ranked Deacons, 3-2. After Wake Forest tied the contest at 2-2 early in the second half, Davidson converted on a stroke opportunity in the 54th minute. The goal was good for the first of Davidson’s career.
Head coach Pam Bustin’s squad improved to 6-2 in contests played away from Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium with a pair of victories over Wake Forest and Appalachian State last weekend. The Blue Devils return to Durham to host Virginia Friday night before heading back out on the road, traveling to Old Dominion for a Sunday contest. Duke next plays at home Oct. 19 on Senior Day at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.
Twelve of the Blue Devils’ 18 regular season contests will be on the road this fall.
Blue Devils Down Mountaineers, 8-0
The Blue Devils collected their fourth shutout of the season in an 8-0 defeat of Appalachian State last Sunday in Boone. The scoring output was the highest for the program since Duke dispatched William & Mary, 8-4, in the 2016 season opener.
Last year’s squad posted seven shutouts in 21 contests, including a 5-0 victory over ACC opponent Louisville during the regular season.
2018 Shutouts – Shots Allowed
Sept. 30 – W, 8-0 at Appalachian State – 4
Sept. 14 – W, 2-0 at No. 12 Syracuse – 0
Aug. 31 – W, 4-0 vs. No. 12 Northwestern – 4
Aug. 24 – W, 4-0 vs. No. 22 William & Mary – 3
No. 4 Duke vs. No. 18 Virginia
Friday, 6 p.m. l Durham, N.C. – Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium
ACC Network Extra l Live Stats
Duke and the Cavaliers will square off for the 55th time Friday night with Virginia leading the all-time series, 35-19. The Blue Devils dropped their 2017 ACC opener at Virginia last September, falling by a 4-1 score in Charlottesville. Goalkeeper Sammi Steele totaled eight saves in the loss.
Virginia slid three spots to No. 18 in the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll following ACC losses to North Carolina and Louisville last week. The Cavaliers head to Durham with a 4-6 ledger and a 1-3 mark in league contests.
Virginia’s defense ranks third in the ACC in save percentage and saves per game behind the play of goalkeeper Carrera Lucas, who owns a .774 save percentage and a 1.39 goals against average. She enters the weekend leading the conference in saves per game (4.80). Grace Wallis has a team-high 13 points on four goals and five assists.
The Cavaliers and the Blue Devils have faced four of the same teams so far this fall, with Duke going 3-1 against the group of mutual opponents and Virginia 1-3. Both squads have faced non-conference foes Liberty and Penn State in addition to North Carolina and Syracuse out of the ACC.
The Blue Devils improved to 2-1 in conference play with a 3-2 victory at Wake Forest last weekend. The program is 54-111-2 all-time in regular season ACC contests.
No. 4 Duke at No. 22 Old Dominion
Sunday, 12 p.m. l Norfolk, Va. – L.R. Hill Sports Complex
ODUSports.com l Live Stats
The Monarchs lead the all-time series between the two schools, 24-18, though Duke has claimed the last five meetings. The Blue Devils collected a 3-0 shutout against the Monarchs last fall at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. Ainsley Gill, Alexa Mackintire and Erin Scherrer all recorded goals while head coach Pam Bustin recorded the 250th victory of her coaching career with the result.
Old Dominion enters the weekend with a mark of 7-3. The Monarchs will look to rebound Friday night against Liberty following three straight losses to Connecticut, VCU and Georgetown. Erin Huffman (7g, 2a) and Rebecca Birch (7g, 1a) have combined for 31 points to lead the Monarch offense. Lacey Frazier, Cam Macgillivray and Kealsie Robles have all made starts in goal for Old Dominion. The trio has combined for a 1.47 goals against average and a .681 save percentage.
The Blue Devils are 44-29 historically against teams from the Big East Conference, having faced Old Dominion more than any other Big East team. Duke defeated Big East member Liberty, 4-3, in overtime Aug. 26.