BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Led by seven tallies from Charlotte North, 12th-ranked Duke powered past Campbell by a 21-4 score Tuesday at the Camels’ Barker-Lane Stadium. Nine different Blue Devils contributed to the season-high scoring effort as head coach Kerstin Kimel’s squad improved to 8-3 on the spring.
Behind a stalwart defensive effort, the Blue Devils raced to a 15-3 halftime lead and closed the game on an 11-1 run to move to 3-0 this season against in-state opponents.
“Our number one goal was to come out tonight and play our brand of lacrosse for 60 minutes,” Kimel said. “Part of that involves having a lot of people contribute at both ends of the field, whether we’re causing turnovers, winning the draw or scoring. I was really pleased that we came out and gave a full mental, emotional and physical effort for 60 minutes.”
Freshman midfielder Maddie Jenner claimed 13 of Duke’s 18 draw controls on the evening. The Blue Devils finished a perfect 13-of-13 on clearing attempts and surrendered just eight turnovers for the contest, marking a season-low.
North got the scoring started two minutes in, recording her 50th goal of the season. Aggressive play by Duke’s defensive unit helped the squad capitalize on Campbell turnovers, pacing the Blue Devils to a 7-2 lead midway through the period.
Maddie Jenner asserted her dominance at the draw, winning eight in the first half. Duke strung together six unanswered tallies over an eight-minute stretch and tacked on another 5-0 scoring run to take a 12-goal advantage into the intermission.
Olivia Jenner reached the 100-goal mark coming out of the break, hitting the milestone on an assist from another member of the century club in North, who had a behind-the-back tally to start the half. Junior attacker Catherine Cordrey then secured a hat trick following a caused turnover by midfielder Lindsey Reynolds and freshman Veronica Hineman raced to the cage on the next possession to make it 19-3. Additional tallies by sophomore Madison Dunk and Reynolds would close out the win.
Following a strong start in the cage by junior goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux, senior Jamie Lockwood, sophomore Chase Henriquez and freshman Sophia LeRose all saw time between the pipes, with the goalkeeping unit combining for seven saves. Senior defender Charlotte Tucci bolstered the defensive performance with a game-high three caused turnovers.
“We were aggressive in our clearing,” Kimel said. “We ran hard and I thought we passed well. Tonight was exactly what I wanted it to be for our team, which is great. Tough, midweek, 7 o’clock game on the road. I’m proud of how our girls prepared and came out and executed tonight.”
The Blue Devils featured six players with multiple goals and saw sophomore midfielder Catriona Barry match her career high with three assists. Duke outshot the Camels by a 45-13 margin and led in draw controls, 18-7, and ground balls, 19-13.
Campbell goalkeeper Lexie Patton posted 17 saves in the loss.
The Blue Devils return to Koskinen Stadium this weekend, hosting No. 4 Syracuse Saturday at 12 p.m. in ACC action. The contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Saturday also marks Duke’s second annual collaboration with the Duke Cancer Institute. Donations can be made in support of this cause online or at Saturday’s game.