Field hockey begins four-match homestand with Ball State and no. 24 Duke

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —  With simply over two week final within the common season, Bellarmine box hockey begins a essential ultimate homestand this weekend.  
The Knights will play their subsequent 4 at house, beginning with Ball State (6-6, 3-1 MAC) at 1:00 p.m. on Friday and a fit as opposed to No. 24 Duke (5-8, 0-4 ACC) at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.
Bellarmine rolls into the weekend scorching, successful 3 of its final 4 fits.  The Knights swept their final two house fits towards Longwood (2-1) and Queens (5-0), prior to splitting final weekend’s slate at Appalachian State (2-3, 2OT) and Davidson (4-3). 
With 4 victories, Bellarmine has already matched its win general from final season and sits in the course of a packed race within the Mid-American Conference.  The Knights (2-2 MAC) are lately tied for fourth position out of 8 groups.  Only the highest 4 groups on the finish of the season qualify for the MAC Tournament. 
Bellarmine’s first opponent this weekend, Ball State, is 3-1 in convention motion and tied for 2d position within the MAC standings with Miami Ohio.  First 12 months head trainer (*24*) Walsh has already guided the Cardinals to extra wins than they’d all of final season, however they’ve now not been simple.  Every unmarried one in all Ball State’s victories has come by way of one target this 12 months.  When BSU and Bellarmine confronted off final season, the Knights took down the Cards 2-1 in each conferences.  The Knights’ main goal-scorer during the last two seasons, Amber Hofenk Jerembo, had a target in each and every of the ones video games.  Ball State’s main scorer this 12 months is freshman Fleur Knopert, who has 8 objectives. 
Duke will tackle no. 7 Louisville at Trager Stadium Friday evening prior to the matchup with Bellarmine on Sunday.  The 24th ranked Blue Devils’ 5-8 report is deceiving, as they’ve confronted 11 ranked groups already this season.  Duke began the 12 months robust with victories over no. 8 Rutgers and no. 18 Saint Joseph’s.  The effects became south, alternatively, on the finish of September, and the Blue Devils misplaced 4 directly prior to an 8-1 win at Richmond on Sunday.  Duke has confronted two commonplace combatants, beating Appalachian State 2-1 in time beyond regulation and dropping to James Madison 4-2 at house.  Issy Carey has a team-best seven objectives for Duke this 12 months, whilst Hannah Miller has a team-high 9 assists.
For Bellarmine, Hofenk Jerembo leads the MAC with 11 objectives this season and ranks 2d within the convention with 23 photographs on target.  Marit van der Bend has scored or assisted in each and every of the final 3 video games, whilst Anna Crump has 3 objectives and two assists within the final 3 contests. 

Both video games this weekend will also be seen on BU Knights Sports Network.

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