NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Trailing 6-1 at the intermission, 18th-ranked Duke flipped the script on No. 21 Notre Dame in the second half but came up just short in a 10-9 loss to the Irish Sunday at Arlotta Stadium.
The Blue Devils outscored Notre Dame (8-7, 3-4 ACC) 8-4 in the second half, tying the contest at 7-7 and 9-9, but could not answer a final tally by Savannah Buchanan of the Irish with 31 seconds remaining. With the loss, Duke slipped to 7-7 on the season and 2-4 in ACC play.
Junior Jamie Lockwood and sophomore Gabbe Cadoux combined for 11 saves in the net, with Lockwood taking over in the 21st minute. Sophomore Callie Humphrey also contributed to the defensive effort with three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Offensively, the Blue Devils were led by junior Olivia Jenner’s three goals and two assists and two tallies each from sophomore Catherine Cordrey and freshman Charlotte North. With her two goals, North became one of only three players in program history to reach the 50-point mark in their freshman campaign.
Jenner ended a Duke scoring drought eight minutes into the second half, netting her second of the afternoon. She then provided the assist on a North goal in transition following a Humphrey caused turnover.
The Blue Devils continued to take advantage of Notre Dame turnovers, as freshman Mary Markwordt assisted junior Ellie Majure in transition and Cordrey provided the finish on a Katie Cronin caused turnover off the draw. The 4-0 spurt slashed the deficit to one at 6-5. The teams traded tallies before Jenner found North again following another timely save by Lockwood. That marker tied up the contest at 7-7 with 10:27 to play.
The Irish broke through for two straight goals to regain the lead before Cordrey made the score 9-8 with a tally at the 3:39 mark. Senior Maddie Crutchfield corralled two consecutive draw controls, setting up the Cordrey goal and one by Jenner that knotted the score again at 9-9.
Lockwood came through with an initial save on a Notre Dame free position attempt inside the final minute of regulation, but Buchanan of the Irish picked up the loose ball and put it away. Crutchfield claimed the ensuing draw and, with time ticking down, freshman Abby Landry got off a final shot that just missed off the post.
The contest began with strong goalkeeper play, with Cadoux notching four stops inside the opening 12 minutes. Notre Dame’s Samantha Giacolone matched Cadoux’s effort on the other end, allowing the Irish to take a 2-1 lead.
Notre Dame strung together three straight tallies before the Blue Devils turned to Lockwood in the net, who came up with three stops. A Molly Cobb marker inside the final minute extended the margin to 6-1 in the Irish’s favor at halftime.
For the contest, Notre Dame held a 25-23 advantage in shots and Duke claimed the draw, 11-10. Ground balls were even at 15 apiece, while the teams combined for 28 turnovers, with the Blue Devils committing nine in the first half and the Irish nine over the final 30 minutes.
Maddie Howe headlined the Notre Dame attack with four markers.
The Blue Devils round out regular season ACC play next weekend, visiting North Carolina Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest in Kenan Stadium. The contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.