DURHAM, N.C. – Eleven different Blue Devils scored to lead the 20th-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team to a 21-1 defeat of Presbyterian Monday on a rainy evening at Koskinen Stadium. The 20-goal margin was the largest by the program since the squad dispatched Elon by a 25-4 score Feb. 7, 2014.
Junior Kyra Harney, freshman Catherine Cordrey and sophomore Ellie Majure all recorded hat tricks in the victory, with Harney matching her career-best effort with seven points on four goals and three assists. Majure turned in a career-high five points while Cordrey and juniors Grace Fallon and Maddie Crutchfield finished with four points each.
Defensively, the Blue Devils limited Presbyterian to a lone tally inside the final six minutes and held the Blue Hose to just 11-of-23 in clear attempts. Twenty-two players combined for 27 ground balls, matching Duke’s highest total of the season, with Fallon, Crutchfield, sophomore Ella Bonafede, senior Quinlan Cullen and freshman Callie Humphrey picking up two apiece.
“Clearly everybody was really tuned into the game plan because we executed really well and were able to put up a good number of points by a number of people,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “Our game plan was to try to put a lot of pressure on this team through transition and force errors, and I think everybody who was on the field for us from a defensive standpoint did that really well – from our ride to our low defenders. A lot of our low defenders did an exceptionally good job being ready for overthrown balls. Quin Cullen had an awesome day in that regard. I thought she was really stellar on the field which I was really happy to see.”
Majure initiated the scoring 59 seconds into the contest and Harney collected her fifth hat trick of the season near the midway point of the opening half. Five other Blue Devils also got on the board in the first 30 minutes, pacing Duke to a 14-0 halftime advantage.
Cordrey, Bonafede and Majure provided goals early in the second period before freshman Lexi Rieu notched the first and second tallies of her career. The Blue Hose received their lone marker at the 5:21 mark when Kathleen Gerrits finished on a free position opportunity, but Duke tacked on two more scores to round out the evening. Senior Helen Cammerzell fired her first of the season and second of her career, followed by junior midfielder Breezy Thomas, who put away the first goal of her career on a free position attempt with just over a minute remaining.
The Blue Devils rounded out the contest with a 29-4 advantage in shots, placing 21 of the looks on cage. Duke also picked up 27 ground balls to 22 by Presbyterian and dominated the draw by an 18-6 margin. Sophomore Olivia Jenner matched her season-best with 11 draws, pushing her career total to 200 in just two seasons.
Freshman Gabbe Cadoux, sophomore Jamie Lockwood and junior Oralee Hespenheide shared time in the cage, with Cadoux registering two saves. Presbyterian’s Kayla Koch made three stops on the other end and teammate Lee-Ann Salim two.
Duke finishes up its regular season slate Saturday at Koskinen, hosting third-ranked North Carolina at 1 p.m. on ACC Network Extra. The contest will also mark Senior Day for the Blue Devils’ 12-member senior class.