NEWARK Following and exciting 4-3 win in overtime over Yale, Penn travels to Newark, Del. to meet 10th ranked Duke in a neutral-site matchup on Sunday. This is the first ever meeting between the two schools. The Quakers enter the game 7-7 on the season, while the Blue Devils are 10-6 following a 5-3 win over Delaware on Saturday.
Nicole Black looks to continue her hot streak, building off her two-goal performance against Yale. She tied the game on a goal with five minutes remaining in the game and then netted the game-winner 2:56 into overtime. She has seven goals on the season to lead the Quakers.
Alanna Butera is rounding into form at the right time for Penn. The junior goalkeeper has performed well in her first full season in goal for the Quakers and has proven herself capable of providing the big save when needed. This was most evident Friday night when she turned away a penalty stroke one minute into overtime. Her diving save extended the game and set the stage for Black’s heroics.
Duke has reached the NCAA Final Four the last four seasons, reaching the championship game three times. They are a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, which features six teams in the top 20 of the most recent STX/NFHCA Division I poll. Marian Dickinson leads the Blue Devils in scoring with 11 goals and seven assists. Amie Survilla has contributed eight goals for Duke as well. Caitlin Williams has played all 1126 minutes in goal for Duke and has registered a 1.74 goals against average.
Penn sits at 3-2 in Ivy League play, tied with three other teams for second place behind Princeton. This is the last nonleague game for the Quakers before they finish with Ivy League games at Brown and home against Princeton.