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Blue Devils Host Miami in NCAA First Round
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 11/09/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – For the fourth time in the last six years, Duke will host first and second round action of the NCAA Championship at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. The Blue Devils were selected the No. 4 seed and face Miami in Friday’s first round at noon on Facebook Live.

The RedHawks advanced to the tournament’s first round with a 2-0 shutout of Boston University in Wednesday’s opening round. Iowa and Wake Forest also square off in NCAA first round action Friday in Durham.

Duke in the NCAA Championship
The Blue Devils are 23-16 historically in NCAA Championship play with six national semifinal appearances and four trips to the national championship match. The program is coming off of its fifth straight quarterfinals appearance last fall. Duke is 13-3 all-time in first round contests and 8-2 when playing at home in Durham.

The program has received a bid to the postseason event 17 times, including seven out of the last eight years under the direction of head coach Pam Bustin. The Blue Devils will be hosting opening rounds of the NCAA Championship for the sixth time in school history after also doing so in 2003, 2006, 2013, 2016 and 2017.

Blue Devils vs. the NCAA Field
This season, Duke went 5-5 against teams selected to the NCAA Championship field, topping Penn State, Saint Joseph’s, Virginia and William & Mary, splitting a pair of contests with Wake Forest and falling to Maryland and Princeton and North Carolina twice.

Four of the seven ACC squads received bids to the tournament. Other teams selected to host first and second rounds include the top-seeded Tar Heels, No. 2 seed Maryland and No. 3 seed Princeton.

No. 4 Duke vs. Miami
Friday, 12 p.m. l Durham, N.C. – Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium
Facebook Live l Live Stats l Tournament Homepage
Duke and the RedHawks will meet in the NCAA Championship first round for the second consecutive year. The Blue Devils claimed last fall’s matchup by a 4-2 score to improve to 4-0 all-time against Miami. Rose Tynan registered a goal and two assists to lead the Blue Devils in last November’s first round meeting. Duke jumped ahead 3-0 and held off a late charge from the RedHawks for the victory. The teams also met in the 2017 regular season, with Duke posting a 2-0 win behind goals from Tynan and Ashley Kristen.

Miami topped Boston University, 2-0, in Wednesday’s opening round to improve to 16-6 on the season. The RedHawks moved up one spot to No. 24 in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll after defeating Kent State, 5-3, in the MAC Tournament Championship. Miami went undefeated in conference play during the regular season.

Paula Portugal headlines the RedHawks’ offense with 24 goals and five assists and also has five game-winning goals on the year. Goalkeeper Maddie Passarella has compiled a 1.06 goals against average and a .671 save percentage to go along with nine shutouts.

Miami faced two ACC opponents during the regular season, falling by one goal to both Louisville and Virginia.

The Blue Devils are 59-7-3 historically against teams from the Mid-American Conference. Duke defeated MAC members Appalachian State and Ohio this year during the regular season.

Blue Devils in the NCAA Championship
Senior forward Rose Tynan leads all Blue Devils for her career in NCAA Championship play. The Auckland, New Zealand native owns three goals and three assists in seven career NCAA contests. Fellow seniors Caroline Andretta and Erin Scherrer both scored in last year’s NCAA first round meeting with Miami.

Junior midfielder Margaux Paolino has two assists in four NCAA Championship contests. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Sammi Steele has appeared in four NCAA games, posting one shutout and nine saves.

Two Blue Devils Earn ACC All-Tournament Honors
Senior forward Caroline Andretta and junior midfielder Margaux Paolino were named to the 2018 ACC All-Tournament Team following Sunday’s championship match. Andretta found the back of the cage in both of the Blue Devils’ contests at the ACC Championship, extending her scoring streak to four consecutive games. Paolino earned all-tournament recognition for the third straight year, contributing to an attack that registered seven goals in two contests.

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