Loyola (Md.) (12-5-4) at Duke (12-5-2)
Saturday, Nov. 10 • 4:00 PM • Blue Devil Network
Durham, N.C. • Koskinen Stadium (3,000)
Blue Devils Host Loyola (Md.) in NCAA First Round...
The 15th-ranked Duke women’s soccer team (12-5-2) will kick off the 2012 NCAA Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 10 as the Blue Devils will host Loyola University of Maryland (12-5-4) at 4:00 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium. The NCAA first round contest will be aired live on the Blue Devil Network via www.GoDuke.com with John Roth calling the action.
The winner of the Duke/Loyola (Md.) match will advance to the second round to face the winner of the Miami (Ohio) versus Tennessee contest.
A Look at Loyola (Md.)...
Loyola (Md.) posted a 12-5-4 overall record this season and is coming off winning the program’s 10th Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship on Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over Marist College. Led by 1996 Duke alumnae Katherine Remy Vettori, the Greyhounds will be making their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance.
The title secured the third-seeded Greyhounds (12-5-4 overall) a spot in the NCAA Women’s College Cup for the eighth time. Loyola Maryland has been led by Nicole Schiro with 15 goals on the year to go along with 34 points
The Series with Loyola (Md.)...
Duke and Loyola University of Maryland will meet for the first time in school history.
Blue Devils to Face Alum...
Duke will welcome back 1996 Blue Devil graduate Katherine Remy Vettori on Saturday as Loyola will play at Duke to open NCAA play. Remy played from 1992-95, while starting 77 of 90 matches. She scored 24 goals, had 18 assists and 66 points. She accumulated 10 game-winning goals.
Vettori joined Loyola in 2008 and has tallied a 54-37-13 record in five years.
Back In Action...
Duke will hit the field for only the second time over the last 20 days. The Blue Devils last played on Oct. 28 at Wake Forest and dropped a 1-0 overtime decision. Duke hasn’t scored a goal since the Blue Devils netted a 4-0 victory over Francis Marion at home on Oct. 21.
Campbell Named Finalist of Senior CLASS Award... Tara Campbell has been named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which is presented to a senior student-athlete and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
Fans can go online at www.seniorclassaward.com to vote once per day for Campbell through Nov. 19.
Campbell, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the top goalkeepers in the nation owning 30 shutouts and 0.91 goals against average over her career. The 5-8 Campbell is only four shutouts away from the Duke career record of 34 held by Melissa Carr and is currently second all-time in goals-against average.
Duke in the NCAA Tournament...
By earning a No. 3 seed and at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament, the Blue Devils have reached the big show for the 10th straight season and the 19th time in school history. Duke has won at least one contest in the tournament in nine out of the last 10 years.
The Blue Devils hold an overall record of 26-18 in tournament play and advanced to the NCAA Championship match a season ago before falling to Stanford, 1-0.
Duke is four years removed from back-to-back NCAA Elite Eight appearances (2007 and 2008). In 2008, the Blue Devils lost to No. 2 UCLA in the Elite Eight.
The 10 straight NCAA Tournament appearances for Duke ranks tied for 12th overall -- UNC (31), Notre Dame (20), Virginia (19), Penn State (18), Texas A&M (18), Wake Forest (17), UCLA (16), Stanford (15), Florida State (13), Portland (13), West Virginia (13), Boston College (10), Duke (10), Florida (10).
• In NCAA Tournament matches played at home, Duke is 9-0.
• During the 2011 NCAA Tournament, nine of Duke’s 16 goals scored were by Kaitlyn Kerr (5), Mollie Pathman (2) and Kim DeCesare (2).
• All 52 goals scored this season by Duke have been by either freshmen, sophomores or juniors.
• Sophomore Kelly Cobb registered her first goal of the year to conclude the regular season against Francis Marion. She posted a team-leading 11 goals as a rookie.
• Gilda Doria (9) and Cassie Pecht (11) have combined for 20 assists on the season for the Blue Devils.
• Kim DeCesare leads Duke with four header goals on the year, while Kaitlyn Kerr is second with three. As a team, the Blue Devils have 12 on the year.
• Tara Campbell has posted 51 career wins in goal for the Blue Devils.
• Cassie Pecht’s 11 assists on the season is the most by a freshman in the nation.
• In the 12 victories this season, Duke has averaged 3.92 goals a contest.
• Natasha Anasi has logged a team-high 1,684 minutes on the season.
• Laura Weinberg owns a team-best 17 career goals against ACC opponents. The next closest is Kim DeCesare (10) and Mollie Pathman (9).
• Blue Devil goalkeeper Tara Campbell registered her fourth career assist at N.C. State.
• After scoring five goals the first seven matches, Gilda Doria has been held scoreless the last 12 contests.
• The Blue Devils are 11-0 this season when posting three or more goals.
• Duke has scored 23 first half goals this season.
• In four overtime matches this year, Duke owns a 2-2-2 record, while Laura Weinberg has notched two golden goals against Miami and Virginia Tech.
• The Blue Devils are averaging 19.7 shots a match and have taken 375 in 19 contests.
• Mollie Pathman has notched four assists in 12 matches since returning from the U-20 World Cup.
• The Blue Devils have posted double-digit shots on goal in six matches this season -- Elon (17), San Diego (14), Clemson (14), Miami (11), N.C. State (10) and Francis Marion (11).
• Dating back to last season, eight of the nine Blue Devil losses have been by one goal.
• All five of Duke’s defenders who have started has registered at least one assist on the year.
• Duke allowed a total of 13 goals a season ago, but has let in 22 goals in 2012. Of the 22 goals, two have been own goals this season.
• The Blue Devils have outscored opponents, 23-8, in the first half this season, while outshooting them 180-70.
• Nine different players have scored goals on the season.
• All 11 starters and 90.9 percent of scoring return in 2012 for the Blue Devils.
Blue Devils at Home...
In nine contests so far this season at Koskinen Stadium, the Blue Devils have posted a 6-1-2 record and outscored their opponents, 31-10, including 13-4 in the first half. Duke enters Saturday’s match at home with a 20-1-3 record at Koskinen Stadium dating back to last season.
Duke owns a 9-0 mark in home NCAA Tournament contests.
The 14 home wins in 2011 was an all-time high and marked only the third undefeated home record in school history (1992, 1994). In 2011, Duke outscored its opponents 38-6 at home.
The Blue Devils have an all-time record of 165-56-21 in home contests at Koskinen Stadium. In head coach Robbie Church’s 12 years with the Blue Devils, Duke has posted an 84-21-14 mark.
Duke Looks to Make Another Run...
Coming off a magical run to the NCAA Championship in 2011, the Blue Devils return a very experienced roster as Duke looks to start another run in 2012 to San Diego, Calif. Head coach Robbie Church will look to its senior class of seven (including two redshirt juniors) to guide the Blue Devils back to the College Cup. Duke outscored its opponents in the NCAA Tournament, 16-4, last year, but was also able to play 4-of-6 games at home.
Weinberg Leads the Blue Devils in Goals...
Junior Laura Weinberg concluded the regular season with 15 goals, but for the first time all year enters the postseason held scoreless in three straight matches.
The 15 goals on the year ranks tied for third on Duke’s single-season goals list. The most goals in a season was 18 in 1994 by Duke’s all-time leading scorer Kelly Walbert. Her 37 points this season ranks third on Duke’s single-season charts as well.
Weinberg leads the ACC in goals (15), goals per game (0.83) and shots (79), while ranking seventh nationally in goals, seventh in points, ninth in goals per game and 11th in points per game (2.06).
In the Rankings...
Duke moved to No. 19 in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire ledger, while also remaining at No. 15 in the Soccer America poll.
Duke in the NCAA Stats...
In the NCAA stats, the Blue Devils currently feature two in the top 24 of points per game -- Laura Weinberg (10th, 1.95) and Kim DeCesare (24th, 1.67). In goals per game, Weinberg (10th, 0.789) and DeCesare (30th, 0.667) are ranked. Cassie Pecht is fifth (0.58) and Gilda Doria is 25th in assists (0.47). In total points, Weinberg is 11th (37) and DeCesare is 33rd (30). Weinberg also ranks 11th with 15 goals, while DeCesare is 35th with 12. Pecht is seventh with 11 assists.
As a team, Duke ranks fifth in the nation with a 2.74 goals per game average.
Weinberg Moving Up Career Charts...
With her 33 career goals, Laura Weinberg ranks fifth on Duke’s all-time scoring list, while her 79 points is tied fifth. Weinberg is also tied for seventh in game-winning goals (9) and second in multi-goal games (8). She has 15 goals in 19 matches and seven assists this year. Her career best in a season was 10 goals as a freshman.
Duke All-Time NCAA Assists
4, Nicole Lipp (2009-present)
3, Mollie Pathman (2010-present)
3, Caitlin Connolly (1989-92)
3, CJ Ludemann (2006-07)
3, Lorraine Quinn (2004, 06-08)
3, Kate Siebert (2002-05)
2, Eight tied
In the ACC Stats...
The Blue Devils boast three players in the top 10 in points -- Laura Weinberg (T1st, 37), Kim DeCesare (4th, 30) and Cassie Pecht (10th, 21). In goals, Weinberg (2nd, 15) and DeCesare (4th, 12) are listed, while Pecht is tied first in assists (11) and Doria is third (9).
On the first page of the conference overall stats, either Weinberg or Pecht lead in six of eight categories.
As a team, Duke leads the league in points (163), goals per game (2.74), first in assists (59) and first in assists per game (3.11).
Top Scoring Combinations...
The Blue Devil duo of Laura Weinberg and Kim DeCesare have combined to score 27 goals so far this season, which is tied for the Duke single-season record for scoring combinations. The tandem ranks second among the highest scoring duos in the nation.
Duke’s Highest Scoring Duos
27 – KayAnne Gummersall (15) & Elisabeth Redmond (12) in 2008
27 – Laura Weinberg (15) & Kim DeCesare (12) in 2012
26 – Kelly Walbert (18) & Andi Melde (8) in 1994
25 – Casey McCluskey (16) & Carolyn Riggs (9) in 2004
22 - Kelly Cobb (11) & Kaitlyn Kerr (11) in 2011
22 – Sherrill Kester (14) & Kasey Truman (8) in 1999
Other top scoring duos nationally are Dayton (29) - Colleen Williams (17), Juliana Libertin (12) and Ashley Campbell (12); Princeton (27) - Jen Hoy (17) and Lauren Lazo (10); Mississippi (26) - Mandy McCalla (13) and Rafaelle Souza (13); Penn State (25) - Christine Nairn (13) and Maya Hayes (12); Colgate (25) - Jillian Kinter (14) and Catherine Williams (11); Denver (23) - Kristen Hamilton (13) and Kaitlin Bast (10); and Lamar (23) - Kimmy Albeno (12) and Kristin Bos (11).
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