They say the devil is in the details. But in Durham, the Blue Devils are in the details—and numbers.
Each week, the Blue Zone will dissect five key stats from last week's action in Duke sports, whether they be historic or underwhelming. This week, let the numbers take you inside a disappointing loss for Blue Devil football and big wins for both men's and women's soccer.
After mounting a 10-stroke lead heading into the final day, No. 6 Duke fended off second-ranked Alabama by just one stroke at the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill. Senior Leona Maguire also won the individual title by one stroke, as she registered a tournament record 12-under par. The Crimson Tide stormed back to grab a one-stroke lead with four holes remaining, but the Blue Devils rebounded behind late surges from former individual national champion Virginia Elena Carta and freshman Miranda Wang to snag the victory.
Find out the whole story—Duke women’s golf staves off Alabama rally by 1 stroke to win title in Chapel Hill
The second-ranked Blue Devils capped off a perfect weekend with a 2-0 victory against Miami University, as they slammed 29 total shots in the contest. After a scoreless first half, Rose Tynan and Ashley Kristen each found the back of the net in a five minute period, and redshirt junior goalkeeper Sammi Steele made a few clutch saves to preserve the shutout. Duke maintained possession in the RedHawks half for the majority of the game, and it may have to do the same to land a key rivalry victory Friday against No. 5 North Carolina.
Find out the whole story—Duke field hockey takes 29 shots in shutout win against Miami University
Duke surrendered 5.7 yards per carry in Saturday’s 17-10 loss against Florida State, a surprising outcome for a Blue Devil defense that was No. 7 in the nation in stopping the run before the contest. Duke struggled wrapping up running backs Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick, as it lost its third straight contest, and now sits just 4-3 after a perfect start. In a pivotal third-and-1 on the opening drive of the game, Patrick appeared to be stopped for a loss before breaking two Blue Devil defenders’ tackles, in what was a microcosm of the Duke loss.
Find out the whole story—Missed tackles cause for concern for Duke football’s run defense
No. 4 Duke took advantage of having nearly a full week off against a struggling Miami squad—the Hurricanes are winless in seven conference matchups—and dominated play on Senior Day, not allowing Miami a single shot on goal for the first time since Aug. 29, 2003. Kayla McCoy started off the scoring for the Blue Devils, and Rebecca Quinn and Malinda Allen followed in the 3-0 win, their 14th straight since dropping their first game of the season.
Find out the whole story—Duke holds Miami without a shot on Senior Day in 14th straight win
The women’s cross country team fared well in its NCAA Championships tune-up event Saturday, finishing 14th out of a 42-team field with 465 points. The Blue Devils were led by freshmen Amanda Beach and Michaela Reinhart, who continue to pace a young squad with the National Championship race just two weeks away. Beach finished in 59th, completing the six-kilometer course in 20:49:8 to lead the squad, and Reinhart and sophomore Sophia Parvizi-Wayne also finished in the top-100 for Duke.
Find out the whole story—Freshmen lead Duke cross country women at Pre Nationals as men win in Greenville