no. 7 Duke Travels to Virginia Tech Thursday

By | April 6, 2022

DURHAM – no. 7 Duke women’s lacrosse (13-1, 4-1 ACC) is set to travel to Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech (8-6, 2-4 ACC) Thursday evening at 7 pm, on ACCN with Drew Carter and Dana Boyle on the call.

OPENING DRAW

Duke and Virginia Tech meet for the 26th time in program history as the Blue Devils lead the all-time series 19-6. The Blue Devils have won the last three contests.

SCOUTING THE HOKIES

The Hokies enter Thursday’s contest 8-6 overall and 2-4 in conference play and are coming off two losses to the top-ranked teams in the nation (No. 1 North Carolina – 8-20 and No. 2 Boston College – 8- 18). Offensively, Virginia Tech is led by Sarah Lubnow with 49 points from 33 goals and 16 assists. Sophie Student (40 pts.), Whitney Liebler (39 pts.) and Olivia Vergano (34 pts.) round out the top scoring threats. Virginia Tech is second-to-last in the conference in goals per game (12.64) and in points per game (18.07). Goalkeeper Morgan Berman has seen action in all 14 games and owns a 12.56 GAA and a .360 save percentage between the pipes.

KIMEL’S COACHING TREE

head coach Kerstin Kimel has an extensive coaching tree that includes six former players/coaches in current Division I head coaching positions. Virginia Tech head coach Kristen (Waagbo) Skiera is the fourth head coach Duke will face this season under Kimel’s tree. Skiera, the two-time All-America honoree at Duke and a Tewaaraton Award semifinalist, was named Virginia Tech’s seventh head coach on June 11, 2021.

NCAA DI HEAD COACHES | KIMEL’S TREE
Christine Halfpenny (Notre Dame)
Josh Hexter (Elon)
Alex Kahoe (St. Joseph’s)
Amanda Moore (East Carolina)
Lauren Morton (Boston University)
Kristen (Waagbo) Skiera (Virginia Tech)

FAST & FURIOUS
Through 14 games, Duke has tallied a whopping 255 goals and 121 assists for 376 points. Its 18.21 goals per game and 26.86 points per game rank first and second, nationally. Duke has proven to score fast and furiously this season and has received scoring contributions from 21 different players. Not only are they scoring in bunches, the Blue Devils are also sharing the ball well, assisting on nearly half their goals with 121 assists on 255 goals, led by Catriona Barry (26) and Katie DeSimone (22).


THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
Duke has three games left in the regular season and is looking to close out one of its best performances in recent history. Following Thursday’s contest at Virginia Tech, the Blue Devils will host their final home game Saturday April 16 against No. 2 Boston College. Duke will honor its seniors against the Eagles before the regular-season finale at No. 1 North Carolina (April 21). Duke is set for its toughest stretch of games so far this season with all three remaining teams either being ranked or receiving votes.


UP NEXT
Looking ahead, Duke will face No. 2 Boston College for its final home game of the regular season on April 16. Duke will recognize its seniors as opening draw is set for a 1 pm, on ACCNX.

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