No. 13 Wake Forest Faces No. 9 Duke to Open ACC Play
Wake Forest Notes
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest field hockey team will open its 2012 ACC slate against No. 9 Duke on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Kentner Stadium.
Last Time Out
Wake Forest started out strong with a goal in the second minute
from Krysta Wangerin, but fell 4-2 to No. 4 Princeton behind four goals
from Kathleen Sharkey last Sunday at Kentner Stadium.
Storylines to Follow
Freshman Krysta Wangerin leads the Deacs in both goals (2) and
total points (4).
The Deacs have gone young in the starting lineup so far, starting
four freshmen (Jess Newak, Madi Julius, Wangerin and Kali Vicars)
and getting strong results from the group.
2011 top scorer Lizzie Rae netted her first goal of the season
against Princeton. The senior has played primarily in the midfield after
suiting up as a forward for much of last season.
Through her first three contests, Kaitlyn Ruhf has registered a save
percentage of .727, more than five percent higher than her mark in
How to Catch the Game
Live stats will be available here once the matchup has gotten underway.
This Weekend's Opponent
Duke enters Kentner Stadium ranked No. 9 in the latest NFHCA poll.
They defeated Longwood 6-2 in their last time out last Sunday.
The Blue Devils advanced to the 2011 ACC Field Hockey
Championship game against North Carolina before falling 2-1. They
also made the final eight of the NCAA Championships, but were
stopped by Old Dominion in the quarterfinals.
The Deacs and Blue Devils have an extensive history dating back
Wake Forest has won eight of the last 10 meetings, but trails 37-29
in the series.
In the latest meeting, Duke defeated Wake Forest 1-0 in Durham on
September 10, 2011. Wake took the last meeting in Winston-Salem
in 2010 after prevailing 3-2 on penalty strokes.
Wake Forest will face Northwestern on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00
p.m. at Kentner Stadium.
The Deacs lead the all-time series 4-1 and have outscored the
Wildcats by a 23-4 margin in those contests.