DUKE WLAX: Blue Devils Travel to No. 7 Notre Dame Saturday

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke begins a two-game road swing to round out the regular season, traveling to No. 7 Notre Dame Saturday. The 12 p.m. contest will be streamed on WatchND.tv from Arlotta Stadium.

Quick Hitters
The Blue Devils (9-5, 4-1 ACC) are coming off of a 12-8 victory over Boston College while the Irish (10-4, 3-3 ACC) return home following a 17-12 loss at Northwestern … Duke moved up two spots to No. 13 in this week’s IWLCA poll following the win over the Eagles … Duke is 4-1 this season in road contests … The Blue Devil defense is holding opponents to just 7.72 goals per game to rank second in the ACC … Head coach Kerstin Kimel is 270-136 for her career, putting her one win away from moving into a tie for fifth on the NCAA Division I all-time coaching victories list.

By the Numbers
2 – Points needed by sophomore Kyra Harney to reach 100 for her career
8 – Hat tricks tallied by Harney to lead all Blue Devils
10 – Blue Devil opponents have been held to single-digit scoring
.833 – Duke’s winning percentage when facing the Fighting Irish in Notre Dame, Ind. (5-1)
20 – The Blue Devils’ spot in the first NCAA RPI rankings of the season, released this week
9 – Notre Dame’s rank in the RPI
1 – Notre Dame’s national rank in caused turnovers per game (14.71), led by 45 from defender Barbara Sullivan
1 – Former Blue Devil selected in Wednesday’s inaugural United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX) draft – 2011 graduate Sarah Bullard, who was taken in the third round by the Boston Storm
20 – Years of Duke women’s lacrosse being celebrated this season, using the hashtag #DukeWLAX20th

Harney Tabbed IWLCA Player of the Week
Sophomore Kyra Harney was named a National Player of the Week by the IWLCA following a five-point performance in Saturday’s win over Boston College … Harney collected her team-leading eighth hat trick of the spring in the victory … She is just two points away from the 100-point milestone for her career and stands to become the 25th player in program history to accomplish the feat after senior Kelci Smesko surpassed the 100-point mark in February … Harney paces the squad in points, goals and game-winning goals … Smesko has returned to the field in strong form after missing all of last season, with five hat tricks and four multiple-assist games.

Duke to Round Out Regular Season on the Road
After defeating Boston College in last weekend’s regular season home finale, the Blue Devils hit the road for contests at Notre Dame and North Carolina … The squad will then travel to Blacksburg, Va., for the 2016 ACC Championship … Duke is 4-1 in road contests this spring and started out 4-0 before dropping a two-goal game at Syracuse (4/3) … Since the 2010 season, the program is 37-15 on the road.

Notre Dame Series History
Duke will be in search of its third straight win over the Fighting Irish and leads the all-time series, 11-3 … The Blue Devils have gone 2-1 against Notre Dame since the Irish joined the ACC, including a 17-3 regular season victory last season in Durham … Duke held Notre Dame scoreless for nearly 16 minutes out of the gate and won the draw control category by a 16-6 margin in that meeting.

Scouting the Fighting Irish
Notre Dame dropped two spots to No. 7 in this week’s IWLCA poll following a 17-12 loss at Northwestern Sunday … The Irish are 10-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play … The squad paces the ACC in scoring (15.21gpg), points per game (23.36), assists per game (8.14), ground balls per game (20.93), caused turnovers per game (14.71), free position percentage (.453) and scoring margin (7.14) … Cortney Fortunato is the league leader in points per game (4.93), assists per game (1.79) and free position goals per game (0.79) … Defender Barbara Sullivan tops the ACC and ranks second nationally in caused turnovers per outing (3.21) … Sullivan also leads Notre Dame at the draw (51) while goalkeeper Samantha Giacolone owns an 8.02 goals against average … The Irish are led by head coach Christine Halfpenny, who served as an assistant coach under Duke’s Kerstin Kimel from 2004-06.

Duke vs. the ACC
The Blue Devil program is 51-36 historically in regular season ACC action after dispatching Boston College, 12-8, last weekend … Duke is third in the conference standings with a 4-1 ledger.

Duryea Making the Most of Senior Season
Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea continues to rank among the national leaders in save percentage (.543) following an 11-save performance against the Eagles last weekend … Duryea owns 46 career victories in four seasons to trail only Megan Huether (60) on the program’s all-time list … The Beverly, Mass., native is third on Duke’s career saves list (558) and ranks fifth in ground balls (169) … She currently leads all active NCAA Div. I goalkeepers in career saves and is fourth among all active players in ground balls.

Duke Career Saves
1. Megan Huether (2003-06), 646
2. Shannon Chaney (1997-00), 568
3. Kelsey Duryea (2013-Pres.), 558

Duke Career Ground Balls
1. Kate Kaiser (1991-01, 03), 210
2. Claire Sullivan (1999-02), 199
3. Meghan Miller (2001-04), 185
4. Megan Huether (2003-06), 175
5. Kelsey Duryea (2013-Pres.), 169

NCAA Active Career Leaders – Saves
1. Kelsey Duryea (Duke), 558
2. Molly Wolf (Loyola), 547
3. Meg Gulmi (Cincinnati), 497
4. Shannon Nee (UConn), 468
5. Paige Soenksen (Colorado), 435

NCAA Active Career Leaders – Ground Balls
1. Shea Gegan (Wagner), 208
2. Barbara Sullivan (Notre Dame), 178
3. Vanessa VanderZalm (Vermont), 175
4. Kelsey Duryea (Duke), 169
5. Meg Gulmi (Cincinnati), 161

Duke in the Conference Landscape
Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea ranks third in the country in save percentage (.543) and has totaled 55 saves in her last six outings … She paces the ACC in save percentage, saves per game (9.00) and ground balls per game (3.07) while ranking top-15 nationally in all three categories … Sophomore Kyra Harney (3.71) is fourth and senior Kelci Smesko (3.29) is ninth in the conference in points per game, while sophomore Olivia Jenner is fourth in draw controls (4.71) … As a team, Duke ranks second in the conference in goals against average (7.72).

Against Ranked Opponents
The Blue Devils have compiled a 4-3 ledger against ranked foes this spring … The squad is coming off of a victory over No. 11 Boston College … All four of the team’s ranked wins have come at home in Koskinen Stadium.

Syracuse–4/4–L, 12-14
Louisville–5/4–W, 16-5
Northwestern–5/4–L, 8-11
Boston College–t-11/17–W,12-8
Penn–13/16–W, 12-6
Virginia–13/16–W, 11-8
Southern California–19/18–L, 5-11

Blue Devils Honor Eight Seniors
Following Saturday’s win over Boston College, Duke recognized the eight members of its senior class – Maddy Acton, Abby Beltrani, Kelsey Duryea, Kaki Jennison, Emma Lazaroff, Jordan McCarthy, Claire Scarrone and Kelci Smesko … The group has guided the Blue Devils to a 50-24 record and two NCAA quarterfinals appearances as well as a trip to the national semifinals last spring.

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