DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head coach Pam Bustin and the Blue Devil field hockey program will look to carry postseason success into the 2019 campaign, which kicks off Aug. 30 at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.
Bustin announced Thursday the 19-game regular season campaign, which features eight contests against opponents who were selected to the 2018 NCAA Championship field. In addition, half of Duke’s 2019 opposition finished this past season with 10 or more wins.
“We are excited for the upcoming fall challenge,” Bustin said. “The level of competition is again fantastic, keeping in stride with our daily Duke True philosophy of preparing at a championship level and upholding our traditionally high strength of schedule.”
Blue Devils Debut at Home
The 2019 season opener is set for Aug. 30 at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium, with Duke welcoming perennial Big Ten power Penn State. The Blue Devils earned a convincing 4-1 victory over the Nittany Lions in the 2018 meeting – the first between the teams since 2011 – behind a pair of Rose Tynan goals.
The Duke program is 34-12-2 historically in season openers and 15-2-1 when opening the fall at home. The Blue Devils have claimed six consecutive season-opening contests heading into the 2019 campaign.
“After a ‘road warrior’ season last year, we are ecstatic to play so many matches at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium,” Bustin said. “We are hosting some incredible teams and look forward to showcasing our 2019 talent to our home field fans.”
B1G/ACC Cup Moves to Chicago
Duke will make its fifth appearance at the B1G/ACC Cup, having gone unbeaten at the tournament for three straight years prior to splitting a pair of contests in College Park, Md., last season. Northwestern will play host to this fall’s series of games featuring Boston College, Duke, the Terrapins and the Wildcats. The Blue Devils face Northwestern first Sept. 6 before squaring off with Maryland Sept. 8 at the Wildcats’ Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.
More Big Ten Action in September
Following the B1G/ACC Cup, Bustin’s squad makes its way back to the Midwest Sept. 14-15. Duke takes on California for the first time since 2015, facing the Golden Bears in Iowa City, Iowa. The Blue Devils then match up with the Hawkeyes on their home turf. Duke is 5-2 all-time against Iowa and 7-0 in the all-time series with the Golden Bears.
Opening ACC Play with the Orange
Duke kicks off its conference slate with a Sept. 27 home contest against Syracuse. The Blue Devils turned in an outstanding defensive performance in last fall’s regular season meeting to collect a 1-0 shutout, and then powered past the Orange, 4-1, in the ACC Championship quarterfinals.
The remainder of Duke’s 2019 ACC slate will see the squad travel to North Carolina, Virginia and Boston College and play host to Wake Forest and Louisville.
Strong Non-Conference Slate on Tap
Two days after the Blue Devils welcome Syracuse to Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium, the squad hosts Stanford out of the America East Sept. 29. Duke’s last meeting with the Cardinal came in a 1-0 overtime victory in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
The first weekend in October will see the Blue Devils host 2018 NCAA semifinalist Princeton of the Ivy League, followed by non-conference matchups against Old Dominion, James Madison, Richmond and Liberty to close out the regular season slate.
Shipping Up to Boston for ACCs
Boston College will serve as host for the 2019 ACC Championship Nov. 7-10 at the Eagles’ Field Hockey Complex in Newton, Mass.
A Look at Duke
Bustin’s squad returns 13 letter winners and five starters from the 2018 campaign, including first team All-ACC selection Margaux Paolino and second team honorees Sammi Steele and Jillian Wolgemuth. The Blue Devils compiled a 16-6 ledger last fall and rounded out the season ranked third in the final Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll.
“Graduating the core of our goal scorers is never an easy void to fill; however, the 2019 returning group has worked throughout the spring to increase our goal productivity,” Bustin said. “We also look forward to welcoming an extremely talented freshman class who will undoubtedly respond positively to the high level of competition and contribute to our game day play immediately.”
2019 Duke Field Hockey Schedule
|Aug. 17||Liberty (Scrimmage)||Durham, N.C.||1 p.m.|
|Aug. 24||North Carolina (Scrimmage)||Durham, N.C.||11 a.m.|
|Aug. 30||Penn State||Durham, N.C.||6 p.m.|
|Sept. 1||William & Mary||Williamsburg, Va.||1 p.m.|
|Sept. 6||Northwestern||Evanston, Ill.||5 p.m.|
|Sept. 8||Maryland||Evanston, Ill.||12 p.m.|
|Sept. 14||California||Iowa City, Iowa||3 p.m.|
|Sept. 15||Iowa||Iowa City, Iowa||2 p.m.|
|Sept. 22||Ohio University||Durham, N.C.||12 p.m.|
|Sept. 27||Syracuse *||Durham, N.C.||5 p.m.|
|Sept. 29||Stanford||Durham, N.C.||1 p.m.|
|Oct. 4||North Carolina *||Chapel Hill, N.C.||5 p.m.|
|Oct. 6||Princeton||Durham, N.C.||1 p.m.|
|Oct. 11||Wake Forest *||Durham, N.C.||6 p.m.|
|Oct. 13||Old Dominion||Durham, N.C.||1 p.m.|
|Oct. 18||Virginia *||Charlottesville, Va.||4 p.m.|
|Oct. 20||James Madison||Harrisonburg, Va.||12 p.m.|
|Oct. 26||Louisville *||Durham, N.C.||12 p.m.|
|Oct. 27||Richmond||Durham, N.C.||1 p.m.|
|Nov. 1||Boston College *||Newton, Mass.||5 p.m.|
|Nov. 3||Liberty||Lynchburg, Va.||1 p.m.|
|Nov. 7-10||ACC Championship||Newton, Mass.||TBD|