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Blue Devils face nation’s best

Duke lost 7-0 to No. 2 North Carolina just weeks ago, but gets another chance at the Tar Heels Sunday at 1 p.m. at Williams Field.
Duke lost 7-0 to No. 2 North Carolina just weeks ago, but gets another chance at the Tar Heels Sunday at 1 p.m. at Williams Field.

Last weekend’s trip up to Boston kept the Blue Devils winless in ACC play, but Duke gets a chance to change its fortunes when it hosts No. 1 Maryland (13-0, 3-0) and No. 2 North Carolina (11-0, 2-0) this weekend. Duke plays the Terrapins Saturday at 1 p.m. and the Tar Heels Sunday at the same time,  both at Williams Field.    

Duke (6-5, 0-3 in the ACC) defeated Maryland last season 3-2 when the Terrapins were also the top team in the country, but repeating the feat against the defending champions will be no easy task. Maryland is led by a trio of double-digit goal scorers, including Katie O’Donnell, who is second in the country in points per game.  

The No. 14 Blue Devils have lost their last three matches to North Carolina, including a 7-0 pasting Sept. 26. Duke has rebounded since the loss to the Tar Heels with three positive performances that portend a more competitive showing this time around.

Despite posting a 1-1 record over the past weekend, the Blue Devils played well in a narrow loss to then-No. 10 Boston College and a win over Boston University.  

Seniors Lauren Miller and Amie Survilla­ will play in their final home game Sunday against North Carolina. Miller dished out two assists last weekend while Survilla scored four goals—including a hat trick against the Terriers Sunday— to bring her team-leading total to 18. Survilla leads the nation with an average of 1.64 goals per game.

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