LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 13th-ranked Blue Devils claimed the draw by a 16-5 margin but struggled to capitalize on that advantage, falling 11-8 to Louisville Saturday at the Cardinals’ UofL Lacrosse Stadium. The loss dropped Duke to 4-3 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
Juniors Maddie Crutchfield and Kyra Harney both finished with hat tricks, combining for six of the Blue Devils’ eight tallies on the afternoon. Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Lockwood totaled eight saves in a contest that featured tough defensive play on both ends.
Duke’s defense forced the Cardinals into a shot clock violation on their first possession, but Louisville capitalized on early turnovers for a 2-0 lead. Harney converted at the eight-meter on a man-up opportunity and Crutchfield added a second free position goal to make it 2-2 at the 22:27 mark.
Both defensive units were solid over the next 10 minutes, forcing multiple turnovers. Lockwood made several stops, as did the Cardinals’ Brittany Read on the other end to keep the score at 3-2 in Louisville’s favor. The Cardinals earned a quick tally in transition before sophomore Olivia Jenner notched the Blue Devils’ third goal of the day from the eight-meter.
Louisville’s Meghan Siverson netted her third tally with 1:26 remaining in the half to make it a 5-3 contest at the intermission.
Duke generated several offensive opportunities in the early part of the second period, but the Cardinals tacked on three more to take an 8-3 lead with 18:56 remaining.
Harney responded by firing a quick goal off of a draw control win by Maura Schwitter and Crutchfield followed suit after senior defender Isabelle Montagne forced a Louisville turnover. The Cardinals’ Siverson countered with her fourth of the day, bringing the score to 9-5.
Following another Louisville shot clock violation, Crutchfield completed her second hat trick of the season. Turnovers continued to plague the Blue Devils, though, setting up the Cardinals for two more tallies. Harney and sophomore midfielder Ellie Majure broke through for Duke inside the final three minutes to account for the final score.
Jenner had five of the Blue Devils’ 10 draw controls on the day and Schwitter added four to go along with two ground balls.
For the game, Louisville totaled 24 shots to 21 by Duke while ground balls were even at 13 apiece. The Blue Devils committed 18 turnovers in the loss to 10 by the Cardinals.
Siverson’s four goals led Louisville’s attack while Read finished with 10 saves in goal.
Duke’s defense, aided by a strong effort in the ride, rounded out the contest with three forced shot clock violations.
The Blue Devils will be back in action next week, traveling to Philadelphia for contests against Saint Joseph’s Thursday and Penn Saturday.