Virginia Hosts Duke Friday in a Top-10 Battle
|No. 7 Duke (4-2, 0-1 ACC) at No. 4 Virginia (6-0, 1-0 ACC)|
|Date and Time||Friday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Turf Field|
|Additional Information||2015 Season Stats | 2015 Fact Book (.pdf)|
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Sept. 17, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 4 Virginia field hockey team (6-0, 1-0 ACC) faces No. 7 Duke (4-2, 0-1 ACC) on Friday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at University Hall Turf Field.
Admission is free for all of Virginia’s regular-season home field hockey games.
Virginia is one of five unbeaten teams remaining in the nation. The Cavaliers lead the ACC and are ranked in the top-10 in the country in goals-per-game (4.0, sixth), points-per-game (11.0, sixth) and assists-per-game (3.0, ninth). Virginia also leads the conference in shots-per-game (20.0).
Virginia has won each of its last five games by a one-goal margin, including two overtime victories. The Cavaliers are looking to start the season 7-0 for the fourth time in the last seven years.
Sophomore striker Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) is tied for the ACC lead in goals-per-game (1.0) and points-per-game (2.5) with North Carolina’s Emily Wold and leads the conference in shots-per-game (4.8).
Greta Ell (Plains, Pa.) is tied with Wake Forest’s Jule Grashoff for most goals by a freshman this season. Ell has scored four goals, including the game-winner in overtime at Princeton.
The Duke game will be Virginia’s fourth contest against a ranked opponent and its second top-10 match-up of the year.
The Blue Devils will be in search of their first ACC win Friday night in Charlottesville after falling 2-1 in their conference-opener against Wake Forest last Friday. The Cavaliers lead the all-time series, 32-17, and have won three of the last five meetings. The last three contests in the series have been decided by one goal, including UVa’s 2-1 victory in Durham last season.
Duke goalkeeper Lauren Blazing currently ranks third among all active Division I goalkeepers in career save percentage (76.3) and fifth in career saves (316). Ashley Kristen leads the team with 14 points on three goals and eight assists.
Virginia will close out its current homestand on Monday, Sept. 21, hosting William & Mary (3-3, 0-0 CAA) at 6 p.m. at Turf Field.