HIGH POINT, N.C. – Tied with No. 24 High Point at the intermission, the 18th-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team came up short in the second half, falling to the Panthers by a 16-12 score Monday in non-conference action.
Trailing by three with 16 minutes remaining, the Blue Devils narrowed the margin to two twice but could not complete the rally in a contest that was tied on six occasions. With the loss, Duke slipped to 7-6 on the season.
Freshman Catriona Barry and sophomore Catherine Cordrey both turned in hat tricks and senior Kyra Harney totaled a team-high four points on one goal and three assists. At the draw, junior Olivia Jenner corralled 13 to give the Blue Devils a 22-8 advantage in the category.
With her 13 draw controls, Jenner pushed her season total to 115, surpassing her own program single season record of 110 set in 2016.
The teams traded free position goals in the early minutes of the game before High Point built a 3-1 advantage that the Blue Devils quickly vanquished. Jenner won six of the game’s first nine draw controls, helping Duke claim its first lead at 5-4.
The Blue Devils continued to capitalize at the eight-meter, with Cordrey finishing a free position opportunity and minutes later following a Harney goal in transition with her third of the evening. Sophomore goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux helped preserve the 8-5 advantage with her fourth save and tacked on another shortly after.
The Panthers responded with three straight Abby Hormes tallies to knot up the contest inside the final three minutes of the half. The score was all square heading into halftime at 9-9.
Freshmen Charlotte North and Abby Landry netted back-to-back goals to break the tie coming out of the intermission, but the Panthers rattled off a 5-0 run to go up, 14-11, midway through the half. North ended Duke’s scoring drought with a free position goal at the 10:05 mark, but the Blue Devils would not get on the board again for the remainder of the contest.
Hormes rounded out the evening with six goals for the Panthers, with Erica Perrotta and Samantha Herman also notching hat tricks. High Point outshot Duke, 35-28, and won the ground ball battle by a 21-14 margin. The Panthers committed just nine turnovers to 21 by the Blue Devils.
Up next, the Blue Devils travel to Notre Dame, Ind., for a matchup with No. 21 Notre Dame Sunday at 1 p.m.