DURHAM- The No. 7 Duke Women’s Lacrosse (12-1, 3-1 ACC) hosts the No. 16 Virginia (6-6, 2-3 ACC) at Koskinen Stadium for a 13-hour contest on ACCNX. Ben George (PxP) and former Duke women’s big lacrosse Katie Chrest Erbe (color) will be there.
Duke and Virginia meet for the 43rd time in program history as the Cavaliers lead the all-time series 26-16. Duke is 6-9 in games at Durham. Saturday’s contest will feature two of the most successful Division I women’s lacrosse coaches in Kerstin Kimel and Julie Myers.
IN SEARCH OF THE RIDERS
The Cavaliers enter Saturday’s game 6-6 overall and 2-3 in the ACC. More recently, Virginia beat Louisville (12-11). Offensively, Virginia is led by Rachel Clark (50 pts.), Ashlyn McGovern (43 pts.) and Morgan Schwab (33 pts.). The Cavaliers are averaging 15.33 goals per game and have a .695 field goal percentage. Aubrey Williams is Virginia’s leading draw control specialist and has 100 this season. Goaltender Ashley Vernon has clocked nearly 700 minutes in the net and has a 13.25 GAA and .393 save percentage.
TWO OF DIVISION I’S GREATEST
Saturday’s contest will feature two of the most successful Division I women’s lacrosse coaches in Kerstin Kimel and Julie Myers. Kimel ranks sixth among active NCAA Division I head coaches with a career record of 328-178 while Myers is fifth with a record of 344-170.
In 13 games, Duke had 242 goals and 113 assists for 355 points. His 18.62 goals per game and 27.23 points per game rank first and second nationally. Duke has proven to score fast and furious this season and has had contributions from 21 different players. Not only do they score in clusters, but the Blue Devils also share the ball well, assisting on almost half of their goals with 113 assists from 242 goals, led by Catriona Barry (24) and Katie DeSimone (21).
WELCOME TO ONE OF THE GREAT DWLs
Duke Athletics Hall of Fame winner Katie Chrest Erbe returns to Durham this weekend in a new role – color analyst for Duke’s game against Virginia. 2005 Tewaaraton Trophy winner Chrest Erbe helped Duke reach a four-year 61-18 total with three ACC regular season championships, an ACC Tournament title and four NCAA Tournament berths , including two appearances in the Final Four. The first player in ACC history to earn Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year and Tournament MVP honors, Chrest Erbe set the program’s single-season record for total points with 96 in 2005 and graduated as the school’s all-time leader in both goals. (216) and dots (287). She then helped the United States to the 2009 International Lacrosse Federation World Championship.
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
Duke has four games left in the regular season and is looking to wrap up one of its best performances in recent history. After Saturday’s game against Virginia, the Blue Devils will travel to Virginia Tech (April 7) before their final home game on Saturday, April 16 against No. 2 Boston College. Duke will honor its seniors before the regular season finale at No. 1 North Carolina (April 21). Duke is set for its toughest streak of games so far this season, with the remaining four teams either seeded or receiving votes.
Looking ahead, Duke travels to Blacksburg, Va., to take on Virginia Tech Thursday night at 7 p.m., on ACCN.
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