Thursday, October 31, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – One of the longest-standing rivalries in college sports will be renewed on Thursday night as No. 4 North Carolina hosts Duke at 7 p.m. ET with current and former W-League standouts set to feature for both sides. The game is available on ESPN3, and is one of a number that can be seen online or on national television this weekend as the women’s regular season comes to a close.
The Tar Heels had to rally for a 2-1 victory against Wake Forest in their last outing, led in part by former Long Island Rough Riders forward Crystal Dunn. The 2012 Hermann Trophy winner and U.S. international has had another outstanding season in Chapel Hill and leads UNC with 12 goals and five assists.
Pali Blues defender Satara Murray, who helped her side win the 2013 W-League Championship, has also played well, recording a goal and an assist in more than 1,200 minutes of action, while the Atlanta Lady Silverbacks’ Alexa Newfield has chipped in three assists.
Duke sits just outside the NSCAA Top 25 rankings entering Thursday’s contest, and is currently sixth in the ACC standings. The Blue Devils are hoping to bolster their seeding ahead of the ACC Tournament with the help of forwards Kim DeCesare, of the Long Island Rough Riders, and Mollie Pathman, of the Cary Lady Clarets. DeCesare has had another solid season for Duke this fall, and is one of five players with double-digit points thanks to four goals and three assists. Pathman has also chipped in, scoring twice and adding four assists.
Elsewhere in the ACC on Thursday night, No. 3 Florida State and former Colorado Rush goalkeeper Kelsey Wys hosts Notre Dame at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN3 with the Seminoles looking to hold off Virginia Tech and North Carolina for second place in the ACC standings. Also on ESPN3, No. 23 Wake Forest visits North Carolina State looking for contributions from former Washington Freedom Futures midfielder Annick McBryar and Chicago Red Eleven midfielder Sarah Teegarden.
Out on the west coast, Stanford heads to the Pacific Northwest to complete its season with a pair of games that can be seen on the Pac-12 Network. On Thursday night, the Cardinal visit Washington at 10 p.m. ET with Taylor Uhl still in a strong vein of form. Uhl leads the side with 10 goals, while Pali Blues forward Chioma Ubogagu had a goal and an assist in Stanford’s last outing to up her totals to two goals and six assists this fall.
Washington, on the other hand, has had difficulty finding the back of the net with no players breaking double digits in points so far this season. The Seattle Sounders Women duo of Isabel Farrell (one goal, four assists) and Lindsey Elston (five assists) will play a pivotal role as the Huskies try to jump past the Cardinal with a victory.
The Huskies’ contest on Sunday can also be seen on national television as they host No. 21 California at 5 p.m. ET, where Farrell and Elston will take on one of their Sounders Women teammates in Rachel Mercik. The senior forward has five goals and two assists this season for the Bears, and will try to help her side close the gap on the Huskies as they open the weekend in ninth place in the tightly-contested conference standings.
Stanford’s contest on Sunday, meanwhile, comes against Washington State, with the Cougars set to host the Cardinal at 2 p.m. ET on the Pac-12 Network. Former Vancouver Whitecaps Women forward Nicole Setterlund sits second on the Cougars with 13 points and six goals, while Whitecaps teammate Gurveen Clair has posted a 0.58 goals-against average and 10 shutouts to help WSU into fifth place in the conference standings.