Duke Hosts No. 1 North Carolina in Regular Season Finale

Story Links Gameday Details Duke’s matchup with No. 1 North Carolina kicks off at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium on Saturday, October 29 at noon. Cats are welcome at Katz on Saturdays. The friendly felines should be able to be contained, so no cats on a lead, but if you have a travel basket/backpack/pram etc, you’re in good hands! The Duke students present will receive a Duke fanny pack and free Bojangles. With just two days before Halloween, fans can also pick up some candy to enjoy. Thank you seniors and graduate students Head Coach Pam Bustin on the seven “I couldn’t be prouder to celebrate such an incredible group of Duke True seniors. Each has evolved during her respective time at Duke and in her own unique way. As she grew as individuals and learn more about themselves and their personal goals, they have also grown closer together.It is amazing to see the transformation from the five who arrived on campus four years ago as high school graduates to the women who are now and how they each work with confidence to represent Duke and serve the team to help our program be the best on the field and as a cohesive unit. Together we have been through some very difficult times. We are here today because of the love, the trust and the dedication we all took care of each other and duke university we keep getting better together and i will take this big ep forever remember for their resilience and love. DUKE TRUE.’

The opening hit

Duke closes out regular season action against top-ranked North Carolina on Saturday. The Blue Devils will honor their seven seniors playing their last regular season game at home after the game. The Blue Devils are 7-9 this season, coming off an impressive 6-1 win on Wednesday at Longwood. Duke is looking to take his first ACC win this season and give North Carolina its first loss of the year. North Carolina is undefeated 14-0 and has surpassed its opponents 18-2 in the last four games. The Blue Devils have a balanced attack with 12 different players who have scored at least one goal this season. Five different players have double-digit points, with Hannah Miller beating the pace of the Blue Devils by 25. Duke is looking for three consecutive wins for the first time this season. By the Numbers 103 – Penalty corners won by the Blue Devils in 2022 81 – Penalty corners earned by Duke after 16 games in 2021 69 – Career points for senior Hannah Miller, shared 21st in Blue Devil history 11 – Assists for Miller in 2022, a best in his career, the most in the ACC and one of 10 players with at least 11 helpers 15 – Points in the last seven games for sophomore Issy Carey 6 – Points in the first nine games this season for Carey 3 – Goals allowed in the last three games, compared to the 10 goals that Duke conceded in the three games prior to that season’s 16 – Duke Goals in the first five minutes of a quarter of this season. 203 – Career saves for goalkeeper Piper Hampsch in the cage, 10th on Duke career cards and 34 away from eighth spot 12 – Several Blue Devils to have scored goals this season 306 – Career win by head coach Pam Bustin, 19th Division I head coach to reach the 300-win benchmark.

About The Blue Devils

Saturday’s game against North Carolina is the final home game of the regular season for seven Blue Devils: Grace Brightbill, Mary Harkins, Charlotte Johnson, Hannah Miller, Kelsey Reznick, Raphelle van de Walle and Josie Varney. Duke will recognize the seven seniors after the game. The Blue Devils were dangerous in the circle and earned 103 penalty corners. With a national 30th place in penalty corners per game (6.44), Duke continues to work to take advantage of all the action in the circle. Duke has scored 41 goals this season, 13 more than in 17 games in 2021. Twenty-four of the 41 came in three games. Hannah Miller accelerates the Duke attack with seven goals and 11 assists for 26 points. Issy Carey is the top scorer with nine goals, while Logan Clouser has five. Charlie van Oirschot is the engine of the Duke midfield with five goals and three assists. Duke struggled a little offensively in ACC play, scoring just four goals despite averaging nearly nine shots and five penalty corners per game. Defensively, the all-new Blue Devils backline continues to unite. Senior Mary Harkins has been ramped up as captain while Megan Maransky has an excellent sophomore campaign. Rookie Paige Bitting has started with 13 games and is a crucial piece for the backline. In goal, Piper Hampsch averages 2.80 saves per game and has a save percentage of 0.627, while Grace Brightbill has started five of the last six games. Brightbill has played in nine games and has 1.96 goals against average and a save percentage of 0.733. Scouting North Carolina North Carolina, 14-0 and No. 1 by the NFHCA, comes to Durham with a scoring tear with 18 goals in the past four games. The Tar Heels lead the country with an average score of 4.41 and win with an average of 3.41 goals per game. North Carolina has outperformed its ACC foes 18-5 in its five wins. Erin Matson once again leads the strong attack with 20 goals and seven assists for 47 points. Her average of 3.36 points and 1.43 goals per game leads the country, while Ryleigh Heck has 13 goals and 28 points in total to take third in the league in points. On the other side of the field, the Tar Heels only allowed 14 goals and only allowed seven shots per game. Goalkeeper Abigail Taylor leads the ACC and is third nationally with 0.94 goals against average. She averages 1.50 saves per game as the Tar Heels allow only four shots on target per game. Series History Duke and North Carolina meet for the 97th time and fifth time in the past three seasons. The Tar Heels have a commanding lead of 82-13-1 in the series and have racked up seven consecutive wins. Duke’s last win was a 3-2 win at Durham in 2017. The Blue Devils were number 2 and Tar Heels fifth in the win. Last Time We Met North Carolina Erin Matson registered a hat-trick and led the Tar Heels to a 4-1 victory at Chapel Hill. Duke was the first to score in the eighth minute on a shot by Eva Nunnink from a penalty corner. North Carolina tied the score at 1:42 before halftime and added two more at 2:10 in the third for the lead. The Tar Heels had a narrow 19-16 lead in shots, while Duke won the penalty corner fight 10-6. Miller climbs the charts Duke senior captain Hannah Miller continues to climb the Duke career scoring chart. With six points on Longwood, the veteran pushed forward her point total to 69 to finish in 21st place. Her 25 career goals are the 24th in Duke history. Miller, who has been playing in midfield occasionally this season, has racked up a career-best 11 assists. She leads the ACC in total assists and assists per game and is ranked eighth nationally with an average of 0.69 per game. She is one of nine players nationally with at least 11 helpers. Issy Carey Gets Comfortable For the first time in nearly 18 months, Issy Carey returned to the hockey field. Born in Weybridge, England, Carey missed the 2021 and 2022 spring season due to injuries. As a member of the England U-16 national team from 2017-19, Carey last played for the Surbiton Ladies First Team. She was a three-time top scorer for indoor national and outdoor finals for Surbiton. Carey is on his way to the Blue Devils, having started five of the last six games and has scored six goals and provided an assist. She has 15 points from the past seven games and leads all Blue Devils this season with nine goals. Eight of her nine markers came in the past nine games. Next Game The Blue Devils open ACC Tournament action on November 1 at Williams Field in Jack Katz Stadium. The official bracket will be released on Sunday. #GoDuke

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