No. 7 Duke Hosts Boston University in Regular Season Finale Seventh-ranked Duke (11-5, 2-3 ACC) concludes the regular season Sunday, May 5 in a 12 p.m. meeting with Boston University at Koskinen Stadium … The Terriers own an overall ledger of 6-9 following an 18-17 loss to Cornell Apr. 27 in Ithaca, N.Y. … The Blue Devils’ eight seniors will be honored at the conclusion of the game.
BU Series History Sunday’s contest marks just the second all-time meeting between Duke and Boston University with the Blue Devils ahead, 1-0, in the series ... The two teams will square off for the first time since 2010.
Last Time We Met The two squads last met in Durham March 10, 2010 with Duke posting a 10-6 victory over the Terriers ... The Blue Devils jumped out to an 8-3 halftime lead and outshot BU, 24-17, in the win ... 2012 graduate Kat Thomas led the Duke attack with four first-half goals and 2011 graduate Christie Kaestner registered a game-high four points (2g, 2a).
Duke vs. the America East The Blue Devils are 6-0 all-time against teams from the America East Conference ... The program’s last game against an America East member saw Duke defeat Stony Brook by a 9-8 score March 5, 2012 on the road.
Scouting the Terriers Boston University is 6-9 on the spring and 2-4 in the America East following an 18-17 loss to Cornell Apr. 27 in Ithaca, N.Y. ... The Terriers enter Sunday’s action averaging 15.4 goals per game over the last five contests ... Danielle Etrasco paces the squad offensively with 57 goals and 20 assists for 77 points and has also registered a team-high 42 draw controls ... Jill Horka and Etrasco have posted 22 and 21 caused turnovers, respectively, while goalkeeper Christina Sheridan is 5-8 on the spring with a 12.81 goals against average and a .413 save percentage.
Scouting the Blue Devils Seventh-ranked Duke is coming off of a 10-7 loss to Virginia in the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship Apr. 25 ... The Blue Devils fell to 11-5 on the season but remained at No. 7 in the latest IWLCA Coaches’ Poll ... Sophomore Kerrin Maurer leads the team in points (55) and assists (27) while ACC All-Tournament team selection Makenzie Hommel has netted a team-high 44 goals ... Maurer ranks second in the league in assists per game (1.69) and fifth in points per game (3.44) entering the weekend ... Junior Taylor Virden ranks second on the squad and third in the ACC with an average of 1.80 ground balls per contest and is eighth on the program’s all-time draw controls list with 111 for her career ... Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea is 7-4 this spring with an ACC-best 9.25 saves per game, a .512 save percentage and an average of 2.00 ground balls per contest.
Last Time Out Senior Makenzie Hommel and freshman Kelci Smesko netted three goals apiece but seventh-ranked Duke was unable to slow then-No. 19 Virginia, falling to the Cavaliers in the ACC Championship quarterfinals, 10-7, on Apr. 25 in Chapel Hill, N.C. ... Sophomore Taylor Trimble added a goal in the loss while sophomore Kerrin Maurer and junior Maddy Morrissey contributed assists ... Junior defender Tara Stokes had career-highs in ground balls (4) and caused turnovers (2) and freshman Kelsey Duryea made six stops in goal ... For the game, both teams recorded 22 shots and committed 14 turnovers.
Familiar Foes Duke and BU have faced three of the same opponents this season ... Both squads collected wins over Ohio State ... The Terriers went 1-2 against the teams’ mutual opponents while the Blue Devils compiled a 2-1 record.
2013 Opponents in Common
W, 13-5 (3/17)
L, 7-12 (3/6)
L, 9-10 (4/6)
L, 9-12 (3/20)
W, 15-9 (4/20)
W, 16-11 (3/16)
Honoring the Class of 2013 Duke’s eight-member senior class will be recognized following Sunday’s contest against Boston University ... The class includes goalkeeper Kaitlin Gaiss (North Andover, Mass.), defender Mie Graham (Princeton, N.J.), attacker Makenzie Hommel (Setauket, N.Y.), attacker Caroline Keating (Gladwyne, Pa.), defender Sarah Kendrick (Lawrenceville, N.J.), defender Lauren Martin (Weston, Mass.), attacker Alyssa Ogle (Moorestown, N.J.) and midfielder Maddie Salamone (Bel Air, Md.) ... The group has guided the Blue Devils to 52 victories over their four seasons while leading the program to two national quarterfinals appearances and one trip to the national semifinals.
Tewaaraton Nominee List Released Sophomore attacker Kerrin Maurer and junior defender Taylor Virden are among the 25 players who have been selected as nominees for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award, as announced by the Tewaaraton Foundation Apr. 26 ... Both appear on the list for the first time in their careers ... The Blue Devils have one Tewaaraton winner in program history as Katie Chrest claimed the honor following the 2005 season.
Hommel Named to All-Tournament Team Senior attacker Makenzie Hommel was one of 12 players selected to the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Tournament team Apr. 28 at the conclusion of the championship game ... Hommel paced the Blue Devil attack with four points (3g, 1a) in a quarterfinal loss to Virginia, collecting her ninth hat trick of the season ... An All-ACC pick this spring, Hommel leads Duke in scoring with 44 goals in 16 games.
Duke in the ACC Tournament The 2013 ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship was contested Apr. 25-28 in Chapel Hill, N.C. ... Fourth-seeded Duke fell to No. 5 seed Virginia, 10-7, in the quarterfinal round ... The Blue Devils are 9-16 all-time in ACC Tournament action.
Blue Devils vs. the ACC Duke compiled a 2-3 ledger this season in ACC competition ... The Blue Devils are 39-29 all-time in conference regular season games ... Duke finished fourth in the league standings ... The squad earned conference wins over Virginia and Virginia Tech while dropping decisions to Boston College, Maryland and North Carolina ... Senior Makenzie Hommel paced the Duke attack with 13 goals in five ACC games while sophomore Kerrin Maurer (9g, 10a) contributed a team-high 19 points ... Junior Taylor Virden corralled a team-best 15 draw controls ... The Blue Devils tallied 11.20 goals per game in ACC regular season play while allowing 10.60 ... Goaltender Kelsey Duryea started four of the five games and led the ACC in save percentage (.557) and saves per game (11.00) in conference matches.
In the Month of May Duke has played 44 games in the month of May in program history ... The Blue Devils are 28-16 all-time during the fifth month of the year ... Duke is 20-4 at home and 8-12 on the road in May.
vs. Unranked Opponents The Blue Devils are 106-12 all-time when facing unranked team with an 8-1 ledger against unranked foes this season ... Prior to suffering a 10-9 loss to unranked Boston College Apr. 6 in Newton, Mass., Duke had not lost to an unranked opponent since falling 14-13 in overtime to Towson on March 25, 1997 for a streak of 95 consecutive wins.
Home Sweet Home The Blue Devils have been tough to beat at Koskinen Stadium in recent years ... From 2007-12, the program notched a 48-10 record when playing at home, including 10-0 marks in both 2007 and 2011 ... Duke is 7-1 in Koskinen this season and 125-39 all-time in home contests ... The Blue Devils’ only loss at home this spring was a 12-11 defeat at the hands of then-No. 3 North Carolina in overtime on March 28.
One-Goal Games The Blue Devils are 28-30 all-time in games decided by one goal after falling to Boston College, 9-10, on Apr. 6 ... Duke is 1-2 in one-goal games this season with a win over Georgetown (March 9) and losses to North Carolina (March 28) and the Eagles ... Since 2010, the Blue Devils have played in 11 one-goal games, posting a 7-4 record in that span.
Duke in the National Landscape In the April 29 edition of the NCAA’s Division I team statistics, the Blue Devils ranked 22nd nationally in scoring offense with an average of 12.56 goals scored per game ... Duke also ranked among the top 30 teams in the country in scoring defense (22nd, 8.88) and scoring margin (16th, 3.69).
Scheduling the Best Duke’s 2013 slate currently features six teams ranked in the top 20 of the latest IWLCA Coaches Poll ... The Blue Devils suffered their first loss of the season against then-No. 4 Maryland Feb. 24 ... The Terrapins moved up to the top spot in the following week’s IWLCA poll ... Duke has notched wins against No. 11 Georgetown (March 9), No. 13 Dartmouth (March 17) and No. 9 Virginia (March 23).
Hommel and Maurer Among ACC Leaders Senior Makenzie Hommel and sophomore Kerrin Maurer continue to pace the Blue Devil attack ... Maurer ranks fifth in the ACC and is tied for 62nd nationally with an average of 3.44 points per contest ... She is also is second in the conference and tied for 31st nationally in assists (27) with eight multi-assist games ... Hommel is tied for third in the league and ranks 39th in the country, sporting an average of 2.75 goals per game ... She also leads the team in hat tricks with nine ... Both Hommel and Maurer have garnered ACC Offensive Player of the Week honors this season.
Duryea Maturing Quickly in the Cage Freshman Kelsey Duryea has been solid in the net since making her first appearance in the second half against Maryland on Feb. 24 ... Duryea has started all 11 contests since then, ranking fourth nationally in save percentage and eighth in saves per game ... The Beverly, Mass., native was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this spring on Apr. 23 following a pair of wins against Davidson and Ohio State ... Duryea recorded a season-high 15 stops against North Carolina on March 28, making her one of just four netminders in program history to notch 15 or more saves in a game.
Devilish on Defense The Blue Devils’ defense ranks third in the ACC and 22nd nationally, allowing opponents 8.88 goals per game ... Duke has limited opponents to single-digit scoring eight times this season, including in a three-game span against Jacksonville (March 13), Dartmouth (March 17) and Virginia (March 23) ... The team collected the second shutout in program history and first since the 1998 season in a 23-0 victory over Presbyterian (Feb. 10) ... Sophomore defender Gabby Moise ranks third in the ACC in caused turnovers per game (1.38) while junior Taylor Virden ranks fifth (1.13) and third in ground balls per game (1.80).
Single-Digit Scoring Games by Opponent
Team (Gameday Rank)
William & Mary (NR)
Virginia Tech (NR)
Ohio State (NR)
Rookies Make Immediate Impact Six Blue Devil freshmen have seen the field this season with Maddy Acton, Kelsey Duryea and Kelci Smesko entering the starting lineup ... Smesko has started every contest at attack and has tallied 35 points (22g, 13a), with the 13 helpers ranking her second on the squad ... Acton has played in every game with four starts, recording 17 points (14g, 3a) ... Duryea made her first appearance between the pipes in the second half against Maryland and has started the 11 games since then ... Duryea ranks fourth in the country in save percentage and is eighth in saves per game ... The native of Beverly, Mass., posted a season-high 15 saves against North Carolina (March 28).
Attack Duo Moving Up Career Lists Senior Makenzie Hommel and sophomore Kerrin Maurer have both started the 2013 season in strong fashion ... Hommel has registered a team-high 44 goals to go with 10 assists for a total of 54 points, while Maurer owns 28 goals and leads the team in assists (27) and points (55) ... Hommel surpassed the 100-point mark for her career with a two-goal performance against Boston College (Apr. 6) ... Maurer reached the 100-point barrier with a five-point performance against Davidson (Apr. 17) and topped the 50-assist milestone in a win over Ohio State (Apr. 20).
Five Named to All-ACC Team Senior Makenzie Hommel, junior Taylor Virden, sophomores Kerrin Maurer and Taylor Trimble and freshman Kelsey Duryea earned All-ACC accolades for the first time in their careers ... Head coach Kerstin Kimel has had three or more players named to the all-conference team in each of the past 14 seasons ... Duke joined Maryland and North Carolina in landing five honorees on this year’s squad.
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