April 3, 2008
NU Lacrosse Weekly Release - April 3 (PDF)
Top-ranked Northwestern (10-0) faces perhaps its toughest road challenge to date, traveling to seventh-ranked Duke. Opening draw is set for noon CT at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Seventh-ranked Duke is 7-3 on the year and is 1-2 in ACC play after falling to Virginia 13-9 at home on March 29. The Blue Devils face 12th-ranked Notre Dame in Durham on Thursday, April 3, before hosting the Wildcats on April 6. Duke has been led by the junior duo of Carolyn Davis (31 goals, 10 assists) and Megan Del Monte (24g, 10a), while freshman Emma Hamm has made an immediate impact, leading the team in assists (12) and is third in points (28). Junior goalkeeper Kim Imbesi has recorded 74 saves on the year with a .420 save percentage and a 10.65 goals against average. Head coach Kerstin Kimel is in her 13th year with the Blue Devils and boasts an overall record of 158-83 (.656).
This marks the sixth meeting between Northwestern and Duke with the Wildcats holding a 3-2 advantage. NU defeated the Blue Devils 17-5 in Evanston last season, thanks to Meredith Frank's four goals and seven saves from Morgan Lathrop. However, the Wildcats are 0-2 all-time at Koskinen Stadium, falling to Duke 15-9 in 2004 and 16-10 in 2006.
Wildcats on the Web
Fans unable to make the trip to Durham can hear live play-by-play action of the game against Duke courtesy of WNUR. Those in the Evanston area can catch the action on 89.3 FM, or you can listen online at sports.wnur.org. Live stats will also be available at GoDuke.com.
In addition to Kelly Amonte Hiller's 100th win, a number of Wildcats have also notched career milestones through the first part of the season. Juniors Hilary Bowen and Meredith Frank each tallied the 100th goal of their careers earlier this season; Bowen against Duquesne on March 7 and Frank against Massachusetts on March 16. Junior Hannah Nielsen tallied her 100th career assist against Massachusetts and currently has 104 for her career, which puts her in second-place all-time behind current Wildcat assistant coach Lindsey Munday (128). On the career scoring list, Nielsen is currently ninth at 190 points (86 goals, 104 assists) while Bowen is right behind at 10th with 180 (122g, 58a) and Frank is 11th with 149 (106g, 43a).
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