DURHAM, N.C. – Another afternoon of driving rain could not stop the 15th-ranked Blue Devils, who improved to 4-1 Friday with a 19-3 defeat of William & Mary at Duke’s Cohan Fields. Sophomore attacker Charlotte North headlined a strong offensive outing with seven goals and three assists and reached the 100-point milestone for her career.
Senior Olivia Jenner joined North in notching a hat trick after both Blue Devil attackers were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List Thursday evening. Junior Catherine Cordrey finished with a career-best four assists, while defensively Duke held the Tribe to its lowest scoring output of the season.
“Today our goal was to come out and play, offensively in particular, the way we’re capable of playing,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “I think that’s what you saw. We didn’t really let the weather impact us at all … We talked before the game about fighting really hard to win possession of the ball … When we started making mistakes last Saturday we internalized it, which kind of led to more mistakes instead of playing together. I thought we did a much better job of that today in all aspects.”
It was North and Olivia Jenner who got things started just minutes in, sparking an 11-0 run by Duke out of the gate. North had five tallies and two assists during the opening scoring burst and was one of six different Blue Devils to find the back of the cage during the scoring spurt.
Starting goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux and a lock-down defensive unit held the Tribe (2-2) without a shot for over 14 minutes, allowing Duke to jump out to a 12-2 halftime lead.
The battle at the draw was nearly even through the first 30 minutes, but the Blue Devils won all nine draw controls in the second half to set the stage for another scoring run. North, Olivia Jenner, senior Ellie Majure and freshmen Veronica Hineman and Olivia Rubin all chimed in with goals as Duke continued to build on its lead. North's assist on Majure's second tally of the day marked the 100th career point for the sophomore attacker, making her one of just seven players in program history to reach the century mark in her second season.
Senior Jamie Lockwood took over in goal during the game’s final 10 minutes and freshman Maddie Jenner tacked on one final tally on an Eva Greco assist after recording six draw controls to close out the non-conference victory.
With its second-half performance on the draw circle, Duke finished with a 16-8 advantage in the category behind six each from both of the Jenner sisters. The Blue Devils outshot William & Mary 31-9 and picked up 22 ground balls to 13 by the Tribe. Two caused turnovers each by Hineman and veteran defenders Callie Humphrey, Michelle Staggers and Charlotte Tucci helped Duke play a role in 15 of William & Mary’s 19 turnovers on the day.
“Defensively, our whole plan was to play really disciplined and let them make their own mistakes,” Kimel said.
Tribe goalkeeper Elsa Rall had six saves in the loss and Sophie Kopec registered one goal and one assist to lead all William & Mary players.
The Blue Devils face a quick turnaround this weekend, traveling to Elon Sunday for a 1 p.m. matchup at Rudd Field. The contest will be streamed on Phoenix All-Access.