Duke, UNC to face off in top-five field hockey matchup
Duke and North Carolina face off in the first of two regular-season meetings Sunday on ACC Network Extra. The Blue Devils were listed No. 1 and the Tar Heels No. 2 in the first edition of the NCAA RPI rankings released Tuesday.
The Blue Devils have defeated five ranked opponents en route to the 8-0 start to the season and are one of four ACC teams to appear within the top 10 of the RPI along with the Tar Heels. The Blue Devils are off to the best start in program history and one of just five remaining unbeaten teams in Division I. The eight-game win streak is the best for the program since the 2008 squad won eight consecutive contests en route to a 15-6 finish. The team also won eight straight contests in 1990 and nine straight in 2003.
The Tar Heels slipped two spots to No. 5 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll after splitting last weekend’s contests. Head coach Karen Shelton’s squad surrendered a 2-1 loss at Boston College before rebounding with a 3-1 defeat of Maine. The Tar Heels entered the week second in the ACC and top 10 nationally in goals against average with starting goalkeeper Shannon Johnson as third in the league in goals against average.
Men’s Cross Country
Duke: The Blue Devils competed against a stacked Roy Griak Invitational field that included eight ranked teams, accumulating 613 points to place 22nd overall Saturday in St. Paul, Minn.
Women’s Cross Country
Duke: Freshman Sophia Parvizi-Wayne competed in the first race of her collegiate career, posting an 18th-place finish to help guide the Blue Devils to a 15th-place showing at the Roy Griak Invitational, collecting 458 points in the contest.
Campbell: The Camels opened up Big South Conference play with a decisive win, 6-2, over the Presbyterian Blue Hose as freshman forward Alexa Genas connected on two goals within the first six minutes of play. Senior defender Murita Storey and junior midfielder Shelby Denkert added goals for the Camels in the first half, while senior midfielder Kine Thorsvik and sophomore forward Shannon Wratchford tallied scores in the second to round out Campbell’s season-high six goals on the afternoon.
Wake Forest/N.C. State: The Demon Deacons will travel to Raleigh as they take on the Wolfpack at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Dail Soccer Stadium. Both teams are currently receiving votes in the NSCAA Poll.
Mt. Olive: The Trojans utilized five second-half goals to claim victory over Erskine 5-0 in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday in which Hannah Kirk led the team with five shots, two on goal, and one goal.
Duke: Former Blue Devils standout and current New York Red Bulls midfielder Sean Davis has been named one of Major League Soccer’s top 24 players under the age of 24 presented by EA Sports.
Mt. Olive: The Trojans fell to Erskine College 3-1 in Conference Carolinas Saturday afternnon after Nikolai Iotov led the team with two shots, both on goal, and one goal.
Wake Forest: A game-winning goal by Jacori Hayes and acrobatic saves on the defensive end led the 10th-ranked Deacons to a 1-0 victory on Saturday night at Spry Stadium over in-state ACC rival N.C. State.
N.C. State: After opening ACC play at home on Thursday, the Wolfpack will travel to New York for its first conference road trip against Syracuse with NCSU entering the matchup with a 7-6 overall record and an 0-1 mark in ACC action, while the Orange are 2-9 and 1-0 in league play.
Elon: Neal Port and Felipe Osses-Konig advanced to the B2 Doubles Draw finals to highlight the Phoenix’s strong showing, both finishing 2-1 on the first day of competition at the Elon Fall Invitational on Friday.
Mt. Olive: The Trojans dropped a 3-1 match to Belmont Abbey College in Conference Carolinas action Saturday afternoon with junior Karley Pounds leading the team with 11 kills.
Elon: Salvador Mijares remained unbeaten in singles play and advanced to the finals of the A1 Singles draw as the team completed its second day of play at the Elon Fall Invitational on Saturday.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack rounded out day two of the Wolfpack Invitational on Saturday winning six of eight singles matches, and three of four doubles matches. The highlights of the day included Amanda Rebol as she remained undefeated, winning one singles match and two doubles matches today, bringing her tournament total to 3 singles wins and 4 doubles wins along with freshman Anna Rogers taking down No. 81 Tea Jandric (Ole Miss) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
Shaw: Backup quarterback Vidal Woodruff threw for 137 yards and one touchdown but the Bulldogs’ Amir Hall threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns to ruin the Bears’ (0-4, 0-1 CIAA) 2016 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference opener in Durham County Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Campbell: In front of the largest crowd (6,610) in Barker-Lane Stadium history, De’Shawn Jones scored on a 25-yard run on the team’s first play in overtime to lift the Camels to a 33-27 win over Butler Saturday night at Barker-Lane Stadium.
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