🇺🇸 USA College Hockey : Duke University to host No.7 Syracuse University on 'Senior Day'
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  • Duke closes out its home schedule with a battle against Syracuse Saturday. The Blue Devils will honor their five seniors and four graduate students at the game as Duke looks for its first ACC win of the year.
  • The Blue Devils are 5-8 overall and coming off a commanding 5-1 victory over No. 17 Old Dominion. All eight of Duke’s losses have come against top 15 opponents.
  • The Orange are 10-2 overall and 3-0 against league foes to sit in a tie for first in the ACC. Syracuse has won nine straight, outscoring its opponents 24-5. The two setbacks came against Kent State and then No. 8 Rutgers.
  • Duke’s five goals in the win against Old Dominion were the most by the Blue Devils since Sept. 22, 2019. Graduate student Grace Brightbill made her first career start in goal and was named the  PNC Duke Student Athlete of the Week for her performance.
  • Duke finishes the regular season with a weekend set of games at Boston College (Oct. 22) and Boston University (Oct. 24).


By the Numbers

1.000 – Lexi Davidson’s penalty stroke percentage, making all seven of the strokes she has taken in her career

6.15 – Saves per game average for the Duke goalkeepers, ranking 19th nationally

4.85 – Saves per game average for goalkeeper Piper Hampsch, the most in the ACC and 31st nationally

0.81 – Syracuse’s goals against average this season, the lowest in the ACC and fourth nationally

52 – Career points for Leah Crouse, ranking 39th in Duke history

2 – Wins needed by Bustin for 300 career victories

10 – Penalty corner goals allowed on 83 penalty corners defended

143 – Career saves for Hampsch, ranking 14 in program history as just a sophomore

8 – Points in the past five games for rookie Logan Clouser after having none in the first eight

9 – Graduate students and or seniors who will be recognized for Senior Day Saturday

Scouting Syracuse

  • Syracuse comes to Durham riding an eight-game win streak dating back to Sept. 12. The Orange are ranked seventh nationally and are coming off a 2-1 win over Wake Forest and 3-0 shutout of Colgate.
  • The Orange average 3.23 goals per game to rank seventh nationally in scoring average. Pleun Lammers paces the balanced attack with eight goals and four assists for 20 points. Quirine Comans has six goals and six assists, while Laura Graziosi (14) and Charlotte de Vries (11) round out the double-digit point scorers.
  • On the defensive end of the field, the Orange is equally as talented, sporting the country’s fifth lowest goals against average at 0.81. In goal, Brooke Borzymowski sports a 0.64 goals against average, while the backfield is holding opponents to only 5.8 shots per game. The Orange have seven shutouts this season in 12 games.


Series History   

  • Duke and Syracuse are meeting for just the 12th time overall. The Orange lead the series 9-2 and have won the past four matchups – all of which were one-goal games and  two decided in overtime.
  • The Blue Devils’ two wins came in 2018, earning a road victory and then a second win in the ACC Tournament.


Last Time We Wet     

  • Duke and Syracuse played three times in last year’s unique schedule – twice in the regular season and once in the ACC Tournament. All three were one-goal victories for the Orange.
  • In the fall, Duke lost 4-3 in Virginia Beach and 3-2 in overtime in the ACC Tournament. In the one spring meeting, the Orange edged Duke 2-1 at Jack Katz Stadium.
  • In three games, Piper Hampsch made a total of 27 saves, including an incredible 19 in the spring 2021 contest. Alayna Burns’ two career goals both came against Syracuse last season.


About the Blue Devils   

  • Duke is 5-8 overall, 0-4 against ACC foes and ranked 23rd in the most recent NFHCA poll. The Blue Devils played well in a tough 4-1 setback at North Carolina before rebounding with a commanding 5-1 win over Old Dominion.
  • Duke is averaging 10 shots per game and scoring 1.62 goals per game. Lexi Davidson leads the team in points with 11 (3g, 5a), while four different players (Logan ClouserLeah Crouse, Hannah Miller and MaryKate Neff each have eight points apiece.
  • Defensively, Duke is allowing 13.5 shots per game and has a 2.27 goals against average. The Blue Devils have given up 83 penalty corners, but opponents have only scored directly from a corner 10 times.
  • Grace Brightbill recently earned her first career start in the cage, making eight saves en route to a 5-1 victory over Old Dominion. Piper Hampsch started the other 12 games and leads the ACC with a 4.85 saves per game average. She owns a .714 save percentage and a 2.21 goals against average.


Brightbill Earns 1st Start; Wins 1st Award           

  • Graduate student goalkeeper Grace Brightbill made her first career start against Old Dominion and was outstanding with eight saves in the 5-1 victory.
  • Brightbill was honored for her efforts, earning ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Week recognition. The Alexandria, Va., native kept the Monarchs off the board on 10 penalty corners.


Clouser Clicking

  • Rookie Logan Clouser is starting to fire on all cylinders for the Duke attack. She has eight points in the past five games, registering at least one point in four of them. She did not have a single point in the first eight games of her collegiate career.
  • Clouser registered her first career points with a goal and an assist at William & Mary. She has two goals and an assist in the past four outings.


Bustin Nears 300       

  • In her 25th season as a head coach, Pam Bustin holds a 298-210 career record. Bustin got her start at Hofstra before spending 13 years at Louisville. She joined the Blue Devil family in 2011 and has amassed a 136-82 mark at the helm of the program. She’s the second winningest coach in program history behind Jacki Silar (162).


Penalty Corner Defense

  • Duke’s penalty corner defense has been solid this season as the Blue Devils have 10 goals directly off a corner. Duke gave up a 12th after an initial save from Hampsch on the direct shot off the penalty corner. Overall, Duke opponents have garnered 83 corners in 13 games.
  • Most recently, Virginia and Liberty won five and six penalty corners, respectively, and both scored twice.


Up Next               

  • Duke closes out its regular season slate at Boston College and Boston University next weekend. The Blue Devils and Eagles play Oct. 22 and Duke takes on the Terriers, Oct. 24.


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