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Duke field hockey team tops NCAA scoring, margin of victory

Posted Tuesday, September 13, 2005

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DURHAM, NC – The fourth-ranked Duke field hockey team sits at the top of NCAA Division I teams in both scoring offense and margin of victory as of Tuesday. The Blue Devils (4-1) have scored an average of 5.4 goals per game and have defeated their opponents by a 4.11 margin of victory.

It comes as no surprise that Duke, among the top teams in the country, is led by some of the nation’s best players. In NCAA statistics, seniors Nicole Dudek and Katie Grant and sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Williams appear among the top individuals.

Williams, who has started in goal every game for the Blue Devils so far this season, is fourth in goals against average after only allowing an average of .817 goals in 342.8 minutes of play. Williams’ save percentage of .867 is eighth in the country.

Grant, who leads the team in points this season, is tied for sixth in the NCAA with 14 points and eighth for points per game with 2.8. With six goals so far in 2005, Grant is tied for fifth, not far ahead of Dudek, who is tied for 12th with five goals. Grant and Dudek were the top scoring pair in the NCAA in 2004. They also rank sixth and 11th, respectively, in goals per game in 2005.

Grant will be absent from the Duke lineup for the next four games while she and teammates Amy Stopford, Cara-Lynn Lopresti and Hilary Linton compete at the Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile, but Dudek and Williams aren’t going anywhere. The Blue Devils host two games against top ten teams this weekend at Williams field, vs. No. 10 Iowa Saturday at 1 p.m. and No. 9 Old Dominion Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

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