DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke women's lacrosse team will return to ACC action this Saturday, April 10, taking on 19th-ranked Boston College at 1 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium. Live stats coverage of the match will be available through www.GoDuke.com.
The Blue Devils (10-3, 1-2 ACC) played both Saturday and Sunday last weekend, falling to No. 1 Northwestern, 19-14, before rebounding with a 19-6 win over Davidson on Sunday. Against top-ranked Northwestern, Duke netted 14 goals, the most allowed by the Wildcats this season, but could not slow the opposing attack. Christie Kaestner recorded a career-high seven points (3G, 4 A) in the match, while Lindsay Gilbride was right behind with six points (4G, 2A).
Against Davidson, Duke tied a season high with 19 goals as 12 different Blue Devils netted scores in the match. Gilbride again led the way with four goals and two assists. Kat Thomas chipped in with three scores and Alyssa Ogle and Morgan Miller tallied two apiece. Kaestner dished out four assists to total eight helpers on the weekend.
Boston College improved to 8-3 on the season with a 19-5 win over Iona on Wednesday, April 7. However, all three of the Eagles' losses have come in conference play as BC sits at 1-3 in the ACC. Boston College is led on offense by Lauren Costello (31G, 30 A), Brooke Blue (29G, 11 A) and Kristin Igoe (29 G, 9A). In goal, Sheila Serafino has made 77 saves, posting a 7.30 goals-against average and a .500 save percentage.
Duke has an unblemished, 7-0 record all-time when playing Boston College, dating back to the teams' first meeting in 1997. A year ago, the Blue Devils topped the Eagles twice, defeating BC by a score of 14-9 in the teams' regular season match-up and handing Boston College a 16-7 loss in the first round of the ACC Tournament as well.
Saturday's match will be Dukes' fifth-straight at home; the Blue Devils are 2-2 in that stretch. Boston College is the ninth ranked opponent Duke has faced this season as the Devils are 5-2 against top-ranked foes this season.
Duke closes out its ACC regular season schedule on Wednesday, April 14, facing rival North Carolina in Chapel Hill at 7 p.m.