EVANSTON, Ill. – Tied with No. 16 Northwestern, 8-8, with 13 minutes to play, No. 20 Duke was unable to contain the Wildcats down the stretch in a 12-10 loss Saturday at Martin Stadium.
Junior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield matched her career-high with five goals on the afternoon, but the Blue Devils slipped to 7-7 overall with the non-conference loss.
In a contest that featured two of the nation’s draw control leaders in Olivia Jenner and the Wildcats’ Shelby Fredericks, Northwestern would take the draw by a narrow 14-12 margin. Fredericks rounded out the day with eight draw controls while Jenner had four and senior defender Maura Schwitter two.
The Blue Devil defense forced a shot clock violation on Northwestern’s opening possession but the Wildcats came back for two straight tallies. After junior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield cut the lead in half on a Kyra Harney assist, she added a second tally following one by the Wildcats’ Fredericks that cut it to 3-2.
Play went back and forth with turnovers on both ends until freshman midfielder Catherine Cordrey knotted the contest with a free position goal at the 13:25 mark.
The teams continued to swap tallies, with a Grace Fallon caused turnover setting up a marker by Harney that tied the score again at 4-4. Crutchfield followed with her third goal to give Duke its first lead of the afternoon. Following a six-minute scoring drought by both teams, Northwestern broke through for two straight to regain the lead. Strong defensive play kept the score at 6-5 in the Wildcats’ favor through halftime.
Freshman goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux opened the second period with a save, her fourth, and Harney finished on a Fallon assist to make it 6-6. Scoring continued to go back and forth, with sophomore Ellie Majure chiming in on a Crutchfield assist at 20:19. Crutchfield provided the feed again on a Fallon goal a few minutes later, putting the Blue Devils back on top, 8-7.
The Wildcats rattled off four unanswered goals over the next eight minutes for an 11-8 advantage. Liza Elder added another for the home team before Crutchfield responded for the Blue Devils, converting on a free position opportunity. That tally at the 3:45 mark cut the margin to three at 12-9. Crutchfield added a final marker inside the final two minutes but Northwestern controlled the final draw control to seal the game.
For the contest, the Wildcats led in shots, 27-19, and ground balls, 16-14. Schwitter and freshman midfielder Callie Humphrey both had three ground balls each and Crutchfield accounted for a team-best two caused turnovers.
Cadoux finished with seven saves to five by Northwestern goalkeeper Mallory Weisse.
Stroup’s three tallies led all Wildcat players while Fredericks and Nicole Beardsley recorded two each.
Duke faces a quick turnaround, returning to Durham to host Presbyterian Monday at 6 p.m. The non-conference contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.