FRISCO, Texas – Junior Maddie Crutchfield netted a career-high five goals, including two inside the final seven minutes, to lead 10th-ranked Duke to a 12-8 victory over No. 12 Stanford Saturday in the Patriot Cup. The contest was held at the Ford Center at The Star, the headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys.
With the game knotted at 8-8 with 10:40 remaining, Crutchfield scored twice on Kyra Harney assists during a crucial 4-0 Blue Devil run. Harney and senior midfielder Stuart Humphrey also tallied goals in that span and the defensive unit forced the Cardinal into a key shot clock violation to propel Duke to its first victory over a ranked opponent this season and 4-0 overall.
“We did a good job of capitalizing on our opportunities,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel of the Blue Devils’ final run. “Stuart Humphrey with the eight-meter goal that put us up by two – I think that helped us feel more comfortable with what kind of time was on the clock. And obviously Olivia Jenner and Maura Schwitter were huge on the draw for us. Everybody took their turn stepping up to the plate and making a play, which was great. I think Maddie Crutchfield being able to finish on two of her five goals in that stretch as well, those were obviously clutch. Maddie spent a lot of time working on her shooting this week and it paid off for us today.”
Crutchfield got the scoring started just over five minutes in, finishing on a dish from Harney. Duke won each of the first three draws, and added a second goal by sophomore Olivia Jenner following a Stanford tally.
Maggie Nick of the Cardinal and Duke’s Catherine Cordrey went back-to-back at opposite ends before both teams went scoreless for an 18-minute stretch. Turnovers plagued both sides, with the two defenses combining to cause nine of the 25 turnovers in the first half.
Senior defender Maura Schwitter ended the scoring drought with her second goal of the season following an Anne Slusser caused turnover on Stanford’s end. Kelsey Murray of the Cardinal added a man-up tally just before the half to cut the Blue Devils’ lead to 4-3 at the intermission.
Sophomore Ellie Majure opened the second half with a goal on a Cordrey assist. The teams would then swap markers twice over the next eight minutes until Stanford strung together a pair to tie the contest at 7-7 with 13:32 to play.
Crutchfield countered by completing her first hat trick of the year but Stanford would capitalize on a Duke turnover to tie the game at 8-8 prior to the Blue Devils’ final run.
“The way we prepared our offense was to be adaptable,” Crutchfield said. “We thought that more would be open at the top, but at the end of the day, their zone was blocking that off. It was leaving the crease open, so we took advantage of it … It’s definitely what we needed, going 4-0 before our ACC stretch, but we still have a lot to work on.”
Cordrey finished with two goals and Harney one tally to go along with a season-high three assists. Four other Blue Devils also found the back of the net while sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Lockwood matched her season high with nine saves. Slusser also helped anchor the defensive effort with a career-high three caused turnovers.
Kelly Myers and Nick paced the Cardinal offensively with two markers each. Stanford goalkeeper Allie DaCar rounded out the contest with eight stops.
Shots were even with each team recording 25, with Duke placing 20 of its 25 looks on goal. Ground balls were also nearly event, with Stanford holding a slight 19-18 edge in the category. Eleven draw controls by Jenner and four by Schwitter gave the Blue Devils a 17-5 advantage for the contest. In addition, the teams combined for 42 turnovers on the day.
"We want to say thank you to the Dallas Cowboys and the HEADstrong Foundation for offering us the opportunity in the Patriot Cup," Kimel said. "For us to get to play in a non-traditional area in front of what I thought was a great crowd, for an unbelievable cause, was really just a great experience for our players."
Duke returns to action next Sunday, Feb. 26, opening ACC play against Notre Dame at home in Koskinen Stadium. The 12 p.m. contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
“For us to be in a really tight game this early, on a big stage, was a great test for us,” Kimel said. “It will serve us well as we head into this next stretch of three ACC games."
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