NEWTON, Mass. – Seven different Blue Devils scored as Duke rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to defeat No. 17 Boston College, 15-12, Saturday at the Eagles’ Newton Campus Lacrosse & Soccer Field.
The Blue Devils collected their first conference victory of the season while improving to 7-6 overall. The squad also earned its third win of the season over a ranked opponent, including its second straight top-20 victory on the road.
Freshman midfielder Catherine Cordrey and junior attacker Grace Fallon both notched hat tricks and junior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield logged a season-high six points to highlight the balanced scoring effort. Crutchfield also surpassed the 100-point mark for her career Saturday, becoming the 26th player in program history to achieve the milestone.
Defensively, Duke limited the Eagles to just four second-half tallies. Freshman goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux reached double digits in the saves category for the third consecutive contest, finishing with a season-best 11 stops.
“We did a much better job of being organized in defensive transition,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel of her team’s second half performance. “We were scoring and we were getting the looks that we wanted offensively … Defensively, we buckled down. That was probably the biggest thing coming out of halftime – those simple adjustments. We continued to do a great job on the draw. Olivia [Jenner] had a really big day on the draw and gave us lots of possessions, and I thought we shot really well today. We shot just under 50 percent but we made the most out of a lot of our opportunities today.”
The Eagles won two of the game’s first three draws and went up 2-0 despite a pair of early saves by Cadoux. A defensive battle emerged over the next 10 minutes until Laura Frankenfield of Boston College netted her second tally at the 15:40 mark.
Graduate student Jessie Ambrose provided the initial spark for the Duke attack, converting from the eight-meter mark to narrow the score to 3-1. The teams then traded tallies, with Crutchfield earning the Blue Devils a second free position goal and Fallon also getting in on the scoring.
Two straight markers by the Eagles put the contest at 6-3 before the teams went back and forth, combining for four goals in a two-minute span. Scoring continued to follow the draw, with Cordrey recording a final tally on a rebound shot to bring the score to 8-6 at the intermission.
Cadoux opened the second half with saves on two straight Boston College possessions, and the Duke attack capitalized with sophomore Ellie Majure finishing on a Kyra Harney feed. Cordrey knotted the contest at 8-8 on a Crutchfield assist, but Boston College was able to snap a 14-minute scoreless streak with a Frankenfield goal.
Sophomore Olivia Jenner and Harney went back-to-back to give the Blue Devils their first lead, 10-9, with 18:35 to play.
The Eagles tied up the game again five minutes later and Majure countered with a nice dodge at the net to give Duke the lead. Harney followed with Crutchfield providing the assist for her fifth point of the day and 100th of her career.
A Boston College turnover set up a top-shelf goal by Cordrey, her third of the afternoon. That put the Blue Devils’ cushion back at two at 13-11. Cadoux recorded her eighth save in a one-on-one situation and the attack took advantage, receiving a Fallon score with the shot clock winding down.
Solid play by Cadoux continued to preserve Duke’s 14-11 advantage, as she pushed her total to double digits. The Eagles got one back with 47 seconds remaining but Fallon would add one final tally to seal the three-goal victory.
“The fact that we had so many different people that were willing to be threats and go to goal, it’s a testament to the hard work we put in this week,” Kimel said. “A lot of the kids spent a lot of time before practice and after practice working on their individual game and I think it really showed today. Obviously Gabbe came up huge at the end of the game which was clutch for us. Just proud of the whole team. Our offensive and defensive scout teams really helped prepare us for today.”
The Blue Devils rounded out the contest with a 19-10 advantage at the draw behind nine from Jenner and six from senior defender Maura Schwitter. Duke also outshot Boston College, 32-31, and went 11-of-12 on clearing attempts. The defensive unit held the Eagles to 0-for-3 from the eight-meter mark.
Frankenfield and Kaileen Hart turned in hat tricks for Boston College while three other players registered multiple tallies. Goalkeepers Zoe Ochoa and Lauren Daly shared time in the net for the Eagles, with Ochoa recording six saves.
Duke steps out of conference play next weekend, traveling to Evanston, Ill., to take on Northwestern Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET.
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- With five points on the afternoon, junior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield reached the 100-point mark for her career (65g, 36a). She is the 26th player in program history to join the century club in points.
- Senior defender Maura Schwitter matched her career high with six draw controls.