DURHAM, N.C. – Duke heads to Chapel Hill as the No. 2 seed in the 2018 ACC Championship and will take on No. 7 seed Syracuse Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals. The contest will be broadcast on RSN and ACC Network Extra.
The Blue Devils enter the postseason ranked third in the NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll and having won eight of their last nine games.
A win Thursday would give head coach Pam Bustin the 275th victory of her career.
Duke in the ACC Championship
The Blue Devils secured the No. 2 seed in the ACC Championship with a 5-1 ledger in conference play. Head coach Pam Bustin’s squad enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed for the second consecutive season.
Duke is 17-35 all-time in the ACC Championship with three trips to the title match (1999, 2003, 2011). The program is 14-13 historically in quarterfinal contests and 2-2 when playing as the tournament’s No. 2 seed. Bustin has guided the Blue Devils to a 4-7 record in the tournament since taking over the program in 2011.
Last Time Out
Four different Blue Devils scored as Duke shut out Ohio, 4-0, last Friday in the regular season finale in Athens, Ohio. A solid defensive performance gave the Blue Devils their seventh shutout of the season. Duke capped the regular season at 14-4, winning eight of the final nine contests leading into the postseason.
Tynan Approaching Century Mark
With two assists in the regular season finale at Ohio, senior forward Rose Tynan pushed her career points total to 98, two shy of the century mark. The feat that would put her in elite company at Duke. The native of Auckland, New Zealand is 12th in program history in career points (98) and tied for 10th in goals (42). Tynan is also tied for 11th among all active Division I players in career goals.
Junior midfielder Margaux Paolino has moved into the top 10 on Duke’s career assists chart with 33 in 58 career contests. She is currently tied with Emily Ford for fifth in the program’s career record book. The 33 career assists also tie Paolino for eighth among all active Division I players. She ranks second in the category among current juniors.
Shutouts Stacking Up
The Blue Devils collected their seventh shutout of the season in the regular season finale Oct. 26 at Ohio. Duke posted three shutouts this fall in ACC play. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Sammi Steele owns 17 shutouts for her career.
2018 Shutouts – Shots Allowed
Oct. 25 – W, 4-0 at Ohio – 4
Oct. 12 – W, 1-0 SO at No. 10 Louisville – 4
Oct. 5 – W, 1-0 vs. No. 18 Virginia – 9
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. 2 Duke vs. No. 7 Syracuse – ACC Quarterfinals
Thursday, 1:30 p.m. l Chapel Hill, N.C. – Karen Shelton Stadium
RSN l ACC Network Extra l Live Stats
Duke earned its first victory in the series with the Orange Sept. 14 in Syracuse, N.Y. An impressive defensive effort guided the Blue Devils to a 1-0 shutout of the then-12th ranked Orange in the ACC opener. The Blue Devils held Syracuse without a shot in the victory, marking the first time since a 2-0 shutout of Delaware Aug. 31, 2008 that a Duke team held its opponent without a shot. Senior forward Caroline Andretta notched the lone goal in this fall’s meeting with the Orange, finishing on a feed from freshman Leah Crouse in the 21st minute.
Duke and Syracuse have never met in the ACC Championship.
Seventh-seeded Syracuse finished the regular season at 8-7 following a 5-2 loss at No. 12 Saint Joseph’s Oct. 27. The Orange went 1-5 in conference play, with the lone win coming in a 2-1 overtime victory against Boston College Oct. 5.
Head coach Ange Bradley’s squad is second in the ACC in saves per game (4.93) behind the play of goalkeeper Borg van der Velde, who owns a 1.76 goals against average and a .716 save percentage to go along with two shutouts. Roos Weers leads the team in scoring with 21 points (9g, 3a) while Chiara Gutsche has totaled 16 points on eight goals.
The Orange are 4-5 in ACC Championship play since joining the league.