CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 13th-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team was unable to slow eighth-ranked Virginia in a 17-12 loss to the Cavaliers Saturday at Klöckner Stadium.
Trailing 12-4 at the intermission, the Blue Devils outscored Virginia 8-5 in the second half but could not complete the comeback. The loss, Duke’s first of the season in ACC play, dropped the squad to 7-3 (2-1 ACC).
For the contest, the Blue Devils led 20-11 at the draw behind seven draw controls by freshman midfielder Maddie Jenner and six each by senior Olivia Jenner and sophomore Catriona Barry. Sophomore Charlotte North headlined Duke’s scoring with four goals and one assist, while freshman attacker Eva Greco also had five points on one goal and a season-high four assists.
The Cavaliers jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the game’s opening nine minutes before Olivia Jenner broke through with an unassisted tally. Virginia would tack on three more in response to stretch its lead to 9-1 midway through the half.
Greco found junior Lindsey Reynolds by the back post and then North in front of the cage on the next possession, trimming the deficit to seven. Sisters Olivia and Maddie Jenner gave Duke momentum at the draw but the Cavaliers would take a 12-4 advantage into halftime.
The Blue Devils scored four straight coming out of the break, beginning with Greco’s first career tally. Olivia Jenner then capitalized on a free position opportunity, North shook her defender and Greco dished to junior Catherine Cordrey. The four-goal run, fueled by Barry and Maddie Jenner draw control wins, narrowed the margin to five.
The Blue Devils stayed within striking distance, moving within four again on North’s fourth goal at the 10:12 mark. Virginia would round out the day on a 2-1 run to close the contest.
On the day, the Cavaliers outshot Duke 36-28, though the Blue Devils held the upper hand in the category during the second half. Virginia also led in ground balls, 10-5, and held Duke to a lone free position opportunity.
Maggie Jackson’s four tallies paced the Cavalier attack while Ashlyn McGovern and Lillie Kloak had three each. Virginia goalkeeper Charlie Campbell finished with nine saves.
Up next, Duke makes a midweek visit to Buies Creek, N.C., to face Campbell Tuesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN+.