DURHAM, N.C. – Four different Blue Devils completed hat tricks as No. 10 Duke defeated Navy, 20-12, Sunday on a warm February day at Koskinen Stadium. Head coach Kerstin Kimel’s squad topped the 20-goal mark for the second time on the weekend, improving to 3-0 overall following a busy few days of action.
Senior attacker Hayley Shaffer headlined Duke’s attack with a career-high four tallies and Grace Fallon, Kyra Harney and Olivia Jenner also netted three each in the win. The Blue Devils continued to receive a balanced scoring effort with eight different players accounting for the 20 scores.
In the cage, sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Lockwood finished with a career-high nine saves.
“I was really happy with how many goals we scored,” Kimel said. “We had a nice balance of scoring out of transition, taking advantage of opportunities out of transition as well as scoring out of our settled offensive sets. Whether they were in their zone or their man-to-man, I thought we generated some really good looks and I think our scoring was really spread out. Everybody was a threat today, which was great.”
Scoring went back and forth in the early going at Koskinen, with both teams getting opportunities at the eight-meter mark. Duke was able to expand the margin with a 4-0 spurt midway through the opening period that made it 6-2. Shaffer completed the first hat trick of her career on a Harney feed at the 16:31 mark, and the Blue Devils’ next tally saw senior defender Devon Russell pick up the first assist of her career on a Jenner goal.
Jenner would find the back of the net again less than a minute later to give Duke a 9-4 advantage.
A high-scoring first half would come to the end following two more tallies by either side, making it 11-6 at the intermission.
Shaffer picked up where she left off in the first period, coming out of the break to record a free position goal. After Navy’s Meg O’Donnell did the same at the other end, midfielders Kitty Morrissey and Maddie Crutchfield chimed in for the Blue Devils, pushing the margin to 14-7. The Mids responded by stringing together back-to-back tallies, but Crutchfield drew a free position opportunity and dumped off to Harney for a quick goal.
Duke continued to excel at the eight-meter mark, where the team would finish 8-of-9, with Harney and freshman Catherine Cordrey both finishing on opportunities midway through the second half. Following an unassisted tally by Navy’s Annalise Heyward, the Blue Devil defense kept the Mids off the board for a 12-minute stretch, setting up three more Duke goals.
“We have teams that will throw different things at us, and I think knowing that we have a really deep bench that can contribute is awesome,” Shaffer said of the balanced scoring.
Heyward and Jenna Collins rounded out the contest with two more Navy tallies, helping the visitors narrow the shot margin to 27-26 by the end of regulation. The Mids held a 19-15 edge in draw controls behind seven from Collins while Jenner had six draws for Duke.
The Blue Devils picked up 26 ground balls to 19 by Navy and had a hand in 18 of the Mids’ 20 turnovers on the day. Freshman midfielder Callie Humphrey totaled five caused turnovers while senior defender Maura Schwitter and Cordrey accounted for three each.
Collins had five goals to lead all Navy scorers, and Ingrid Boyum and Gab Harchelroad shared time in goal for the Mids, notching two saves apiece.
“Our defense did well,” Kimel said. “We gave up too many eight-meters. But other than that, Navy is a tough team. They throw a lot of different things at you and a lot of different kids at you, and I thought our kids handled their physicality and also the fact that it was an 80-degree day in February.”
Up next, Duke will hit the road for the first time this season, making its way to Frisco, Texas to face Stanford in the Patriot Cup. Opening draw is set for Saturday at 5 p.m. local time from The Star in Frisco, the headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys. The contest will be broadcast on the WatchESPN app.