DURHAM, N.C. – The 13th-ranked Blue Devils suffered a 19-5 setback to third-ranked North Carolina in Saturday’s ACC regular season finale at Koskinen Stadium.
Following two Tar Heel goals to open the contest, Olivia Jenner broke through for an unassisted tally at the 20:12 mark. North Carolina’s Kara Klages countered with consecutive tallies before Olivia Jenner and sophomore attacker Charlotte North brought the Blue Devils back within one at 4-3.
Five unanswered markers by the Tar Heels lifted the visitors to a 9-3 advantage at the intermission.
Katie Hoeg and Olivia Ferrucci continued North Carolina’s scoring run into the second half until sophomore midfielder Katie Cronin converted on a free position opportunity that cut it to 11-4. However, the Tar Heels would round out the evening on an 8-1 run, with Olivia Jenner adding the final tally for Duke around the 14-minute mark.
Olivia Jenner notched her 10th hat trick of the season and paced the Blue Devils to a 16-10 advantage at the draw. Midfielders Catriona Barry and Katie Cosgrove registered two draw controls apiece while junior Callie Humphrey and sophomore Natalie Kahn each posted two caused turnovers.
Jamie Ortega finished with a game-high eight points for North Carolina on six goals and two assists and Hoeg supplied two markers and five assists. Ferrucci also finished with a hat trick as the Tar Heels outshot Duke, 36-17, and finished 20-of-20 on clearing attempts to a 11-of-16 mark by the Blue Devils. North Carolina also accounted for just nine turnovers on the evening while Duke committed 20.
After wrapping up regular season conference play with a 2-5 ledger, the Blue Devils received the No. 6 seed in next week’s ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship. Duke will open the conference tournament Wednesday at 8 p.m. against No. 3 seed Notre Dame. Boston College will play host for the 2019 edition of the tournament, with all contests being broadcast on RSN.