DURHAM, N.C. – Opening weekend for the 2019 Duke women's lacrosse squad will see the 24th-ranked Blue Devils welcome Villanova to Koskinen Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m. on ACC Network Extra. Duke and the Wildcats meet for just the third time in program history and the first time in a season opener.
Head coach Kerstin Kimel’s squad returns 23 letterwinners from the 2018 campaign, including eight starters, and this year welcomed the nation’s No. 4 recruiting class. The Blue Devils begin the season tied for 19th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and ranked 24th in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Coaches Poll.
Parking and Traffic Alert
A parking and traffic alert is in effect on Duke University’s West Campus Saturday due to multiple athletic events. Guests attending the women’s lacrosse game can find general public parking on a first-come, first-serve basis at both the Whitford Lot (GPS Address: 110 Whitford Drive) and Grounds Lot (GPS Address: 110 Frank Bassett Drive). Parking is free for guests.
An accessible drop-off/pick-up point is available in the Whitford Lot outside the Brandaleone Family North Gate of Koskinen Stadium.
Saturday’s season opener at Koskinen Stadium features a look at the newest Blue Devils – Duke’s freshman class.
Tickets for Saturday’s contest are $5 for general admission and $3 for groups of 10 or more while admission is free for children ages two and under. To purchase tickets, visit goduke.com/tickets.
No. 24 Duke vs. Villanova
Saturday, 1 p.m. l Durham, N.C. – Koskinen Stadium
ACC Network Extra l Live Stats
Duke is 2-0 all-time against the Wildcats, with the last meeting coming in the form of a 7-4 Blue Devil victory March 19, 2016, in Villanova, Pa. Saturday marks the first meeting between the teams in Koskinen Stadium.
Villanova and head coach Julie Young welcomed back 27 players for the 2019 campaign. The Wildcats were picked to finish fourth in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Villanova’s group of returners includes program single season draw controls record holder Devin Hassinger and 2017 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Katie Comerford, both of whom earned a spot on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
The Blue Devils are 41-14 all-time against teams from the BIG EAST.
Duke in Season Openers
The Duke program is 22-1 all-time in season openers and 20-2 in home openers. The Blue Devils have won 18 consecutive home openers entering the 2019 season.
Senior attacker Olivia Jenner garnered Preseason All-ACC recognition Wednesday. A first team IL Media All-America pick last spring, Jenner led Duke at the draw in 2018 with an ACC-best 149 draw controls. Jenner was also named to Inside Lacrosse’s Preseason All-America third team in December, and was joined in earning preseason accolades from the publication by teammates Callie Humphrey and Charlotte North, who were honorable mention selections.
Duke was picked to finish seventh in the ACC in a poll of the league’s eight head coaches, also released Wednesday.
Duke Ranked in Preseason Polls
Duke earned a spot in preseason polls released by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) and by Inside Lacrosse. Head coach Kerstin Kimel’s squad was one of seven ACC teams to begin the spring ranked top 25 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, with Boston College and North Carolina both landing inside the top five, Virginia Tech at No. 14, Syracuse at No. 15, Virginia at No. 16, Notre Dame at No. 20 and Duke at No. 24.
Eight of the Blue Devils’ 2019 opponents were ranked in the IWLCA preseason poll, including four inside the top 10.
Maddie Jenner Earns Spot on U.S. U19 Team
Blue Devil freshman Maddie Jenner was named to the 2019 U.S. U19 women’s national team training roster following a late January Spring Premiere weekend in Stanford, Calif. The six-team women’s event featured the U.S. senior and U19 teams, national teams from Japan and England, and college teams from Fresno State and Stanford.
Jenner, who had a game-high nine draw controls in an 18-8 victory over England, was one of 23 players to make the latest U19 roster, released Jan. 31.
North Coming Off Breakout Season
Dallas native Charlotte North etched her name in the Duke record books as a rookie, breaking the program’s freshman goals and points records last spring. She led the squad in both categories, totaling 59 goals and 64 points in 17 contests. North rounded out the season with a team-high 12 hat tricks and ranked among the ACC leaders with an average of 3.47 goals per game.
During the course of her freshman season, North twice earned ACC Offensive Player of the Week accolades. She wrapped up the year as a second team All-ACC selection and an honorable mention All-America and All-Rookie Team choice by Inside Lacrosse.