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    NU Concludes Lengthy Road Trip at Duke and Wake Forest

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Julia Retzky and the Wildcats face a pair of ranked opponents in the state of North Carolina.
    Julia Retzky and the Wildcats face a pair of ranked opponents in the state of North Carolina.

    #11 Northwestern at #9 Duke
    Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012
    Jack Katz Stadium
    Durham, N.C. • Noon CT
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    #11 Northwestern at #13 Wake Forest
    Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012
    Kentner Stadium
    Winston-Salem, N.C. • 3 p.m. CT
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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern wraps up its season-opening stretch of eight straight games away from home as it travels to North Carolina to face No. 9 Duke on Sunday and No. 13 Wake Forest on Tuesday.

    Sunday's contest gets underway at noon Central time, while Tuesday's game is set for a 3 p.m. CT start.

    Following the two games, Northwestern will finally open its home season against Ball State next Saturday, Sept. 15.

    The Wildcats have won four in a row, all in the state of California over a six-day span. NU opened the trip with a 4-1 win at 11th-ranked Stanford by sneaking past No. 16 California, 1-0. The trip concluded with neutral-site victories over Pacific (5-1) and UC Davis (5-2).

    Senior standout Chelsea Armstrong posted 11 points on five goals and one assist for the week en route to being named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. She scored the game-winning goal with 42 seconds remaining against California and followed it up with a pair of two-goal performances against Pacific and UC Davis. It is the 10th time in her career that Armstrong has earned the honor.



    In addition, Caroline Troncelliti was recognized as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week. She tallied nine points on four goals and an assist for the week. She came up huge in the win over Stanford, recording a hat trick for the first three goals of her collegiate career. Troncelliti also notched a goal and an assist in the victory over Pacific.

    Northwestern is averaging 3.17 goals per contest, while surrendering just one per game on average. In goal, Maddy Carpenter has posted two shutouts and made a season-high six saves in the victory over Stanford.

    Armstrong, Northwestern's all-time leader in both goals and points, paces the Big Ten with an average of 2.33 points per game and is tied for first with 1.0 goals per contest. Junior Tara Puffenberger is second at 2.0 points per game and Troncelliti is fourth (1.5).

    Scouting Duke
    The Blue Devils enter their contest at Wake Forest on Saturday with a 2-2 record. Most recently, Duke posted a 6-2 win at Longwood last Sunday. Five different players are tied for the team lead with two goals apiece, accounting for all of the team's scoring output. In goal, Lauren Blazing has a 3.05 goals-against average and a .571 save percentage.

    Scouting Wake Forest
    The Demon Deacons sport a 1-2 record coming into Sunday's match with Duke. Northwestern will be Wake Forest's third Big Ten opponent of the season as their fell 3-2 to Iowa in overtime before defeating Michigan, 2-1. Freshman Krysta Wangerin has two goals to her credit. Kaitlyn Ruhf sports a 2.26 goals-against average with a .727 save percentage.


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