DURHAM, N.C. – Rookie attacker Charlotte North notched a program-record eight goals as 21st-ranked Duke downed Louisville, 21-12, Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
The Blue Devils improved to 5-2 overall and evened their ACC ledger at 1-1 behind a balanced offensive effort that featured eight different goal scorers and six players with at least one assist.
After matching Duke’s single-game scoring record last Sunday with a seven-goal performance against Boston University, North rattled off eight tallies Saturday and added one assist to tie the program record for the most points in a game.
Junior attacker Olivia Jenner, one game removed from becoming the Blue Devils’ all-time career draw controls leader, finished with a career-best 15 draws Saturday to help the home squad dominate the category at 25-9.
“Our entire team did a great job this week and the kids did an excellent job of having everything translate to the field from a game plan, as well as an execution standpoint,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “We scored in different ways – we scored off dodges, we scored off feeds, we finished on our eight-meters pretty well. Thrilled with how we finished as well. That’s been a big thing – we’ve got to finish our shots better coming off of last weekend and I thought we did that.”
Jenner claimed the first four draw controls of the contest, propelling Duke to a quick 4-0 advantage. The Annapolis, Md., native and senior Kyra Harney both capitalized from the eight-meter mark in that span. After Caroline Blalock got the Cardinals on the board at the 27:24 mark, sophomore midfielder Lindsey Reynolds responded with a third free position goal that put the score at 5-1.
Strong defensive play by senior Jackie Perry and junior Charlotte Tucci set up Jenner’s second tally, while North secured her seventh hat trick of the season 12 minutes in. The Blue Devils continued to string together markers, with senior Grace Fallon finding classmate Maddie Crutchfield and North for two of her four assists on the day.
“It really translated, what we worked on in practice all week,” North said. “Our game plan that we talked about, we really stuck to it. That led to a lot of goals in transition … We talked about this week all seven of us on offense being a threat, and I think that really showed today. Everyone was moving the ball, finding the open cutters and that’s how we put the points on the board.”
Blalock would break through two more times for Louisville but six first-half tallies and a 3-0 Duke run made it 16-5 at the intermission.
Junior goalkeeper Jamie Lockwood entered the contest late in the first half, and would go on to finish with a season-best eight saves.
North opened the second half with more of the same, finding the back of the net for a seventh time on a Harney assist. She broke the Blue Devils’ single-game scoring record with a goal at the 22:07 mark that extended Duke’s lead to 18-6.
Buoyed by success at the draw, the Cardinals countered with a 6-0 run that brought the visitors within eight. However, sophomore midfielder Catherine Cordrey tacked on a final tally for the Blue Devils.
North’s nine points led all players while Harney and Crutchfield had five each and Fallon four. Crutchfield and freshman Catriona Barry also contributed to Duke’s season-high 25 draw controls with three and four, respectively.
The Blue Devils rounded out the afternoon with a 40-28 advantage in shots and went 12-of-13 on clearing attempts. Ground balls were even for the contest at 18 apiece, with sophomore defender Callie Humphrey leading the charge with four.
Duke returns to action next Saturday, March 17, welcoming Penn for a noon contest on ACC Network Extra.
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- Freshman Charlotte North’s nine-point performance matched Duke’s single-game record. Her nine points marked the most by a Blue Devil since Maddie Crutchfield recorded nine against Louisville March 12, 2016.
- With 33 goals through seven contests, North ranks fourth on the Blue Devils’ freshman scoring chart, trailing only Katie Chrest and Carolyn Davis (39) and Kelly Dirks (36).