DURHAM, N.C. – Goalkeepers Gabbe Cadoux and Chase Henriquez combined for a season-high 16 saves and sophomore attacker Charlotte North turned in a hat trick but the 12th-ranked Blue Devils dropped a 15-7 decision to fourth-ranked Notre Dame Sunday at Koskinen Stadium.
In a matchup of the nation’s top two draw control percentage teams, the Irish came away with an overwhelming 16-7 advantage in the category. Notre Dame also finished 12-of-14 on clearing attempts while the Blue Devils (9-6, 2-4 ACC) went 11-for-20.
“Really disappointed in our effort today,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “I just felt like we did not compete or execute our game plan at all. Notre Dame is very good. We didn’t compete well on the draw, and because we didn’t compete well on the draw, we gave them too many opportunities. They have a very good offense. Offensively in the first half, we executed pretty well when we had the ball but, overall, very disappointing effort for us today.”
The Irish (13-2, 5-2 ACC) jumped out to a 6-0 lead seven minutes in behind an early hat trick from Andie Aldave. Duke responded midway through the period with free position tallies by North and sophomore midfielder Katie Cronin but Notre Dame would keep the margin at six.
The Blue Devils scored three of the final four goals in the half, with North and junior Catherine Cordrey breaking through for unassisted looks and Cronin adding her second from the eight-meter mark. The run cut it to 10-6 at the intermission.
Cadoux wrapped up the opening half with nine saves and would add two more in the second frame before Henriquez came on with 13 minutes remaining.
North netted her third goal of the afternoon early in the second half, narrowing the deficit to four, but the Irish would round out the contest with four more tallies. Notre Dame fired 44 shots on the day to 18 by Duke and led in ground balls, 18-11. The Blue Devils were tagged with 15 turnovers and the Irish 12.
Junior defender Callie Humphrey recorded three caused turnovers in the loss while sophomore Catriona Barry, Cadoux and sophomore Katie Cosgove picked up two ground balls each. Senior Olivia Jenner had a team-high four draw controls and added one goal.
Aldave and Notre Dame teammate Samantha Lynch recorded four markers each and Maddie Howe also finished with a hat trick while Irish goalkeeper Samantha Giacolone totaled seven saves.
The Blue Devils wrap up regular season ACC play Friday night at Koskinen Stadium, hosting North Carolina at 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.