DURHAM, North Carolina—The Atlantic Coast Conference field hockey championship bracket has been set, and No.24 Duke will face No.2 Syracuse in the quarter-finals on Thursday, November 4 at JS Coyne Stadium, Syracuse University. All six matches of the tournament will be televised on the ACC network and the championship match will be played on November 7 at noon.
The No. 7 seeded Blue Devils are 6-10 overall and 0-6 in the ACC game. Syracuse, ninth in the standings, took the second seed after posting a 4-2 record against enemies ACC. The Orange fell to Louisville, 2-1, in the decisive game for the ACC regular season title and No. 1 seed in the tournament.
The Orange won the regular season game, 7-2, at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. The two goals scored by the Blue Devils are tied for most goals conceded in a game by Syracuse this season.
first year striker Logan Closer and graduate student midfielder Marykate neff lead the offensive with 13 points each. Clouser is the top scorer with five goals and three assists, while Neff has four goals and five assists. Lexi davidson is just behind them with 11 points from three goals and five assists.
Clouser has advanced well into the second half of the season, recording at least one point in seven of the last eight games of the regular season. In her first eight games, she only fired two shots. In the last eight, the Bethlehem, Pa. Native has taken 15 shots and scored 12 on goal.
In order to, Piper hampsch was Duke’s main starter with 14 starting assignments. She leads the league and ranks 30th nationally in saves per game at 4.75. Grace Brightbill has two starts in the cage and has played five games in total. She is 2-1 overall and made 22 saves.
Syracuse ranks second in the ACC and sixth nationally with a 0.97 goals-against average. Brooke Borzymowski is fourth in the country with a 0.89 goals-against average. The Orange are just as strong offensively, averaging 3.34 goals per game to rank sixth in the Division I program.
The winner between the Blue Devils and Orange will face No.6 Wake Forest or No.3 North Carolina in the semi-finals on November 5 at 3:30 p.m.