CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 17th-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team suffered an 18-5 setback at No. 19 Virginia Saturday at the Cavaliers’ Klöckner Stadium.
Trailing by 10 at halftime, the Blue Devils were able to slow the Virginia attack in the second period but could not overcome the double-digit margin. Duke fell to 5-5 on the season and 0-4 in ACC play.
The Cavaliers went up 2-0 just 36 seconds in the contest and added another tally by Besser Dyson before junior Grace Fallon slipped past the defense to get Duke on the board. Fueled by an early advantage at the draw, Virginia strung together a 6-0 scoring run that included two each by Sammy Mueller and Avery Shoemaker.
The Blue Devils were able to cut into the Cavalier lead with a pair of free position goals by Cordrey and junior Maddie Crutchfield. Cadoux contributed back-to-back saves after entering the contest in the eighth minute, but Virginia’s Maggie Jackson broke through to make it 11-3 with 9:45 to play in the half.
Sophomore Olivia Jenner fired a goal off a Cordrey assist and the Cavaliers responded with two more tallies to send Duke into the locker room at the intermission trailing, 14-4.
Virginia tacked on four straight to open the second half despite a couple of stops by Cadoux. Cordrey ended the scoring drought for the Blue Devils at the 7:56 mark, finishing on a feed from Crutchfield, but neither side would find the back of the net for the remainder of the contest.
The Cavaliers led 41-22 in shots and won the ground ball battle by a 26-14 margin. Virginia also held the upper hand at the draw, 15-10, and committed 12 turnovers to 15 by Duke.
Four different Cavaliers posted hat tricks, led by Kelly Reese’s four-goal performance. Virginia goalkeeper Rachel Vander Kolk anchored the effort with 12 saves, helping the squad move to 6-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
Duke will be back in action Wednesday, traveling to in-state opponent Elon for a 6 p.m. matchup. The contest will be streamed on Phoenix All-Access.