PHILADELPHIA – Four different Blue Devils notched hat tricks to lead No. 16 Duke past Saint Joseph’s, 16-10, Wednesday in non-conference action at the Hawks’ Sweeney Field. Leading 7-6 at halftime, the Blue Devils outscored Saint Joseph’s 9-4 over the final 30 minutes to move to 5-3 on the season.
Senior Hayley Shaffer, juniors Maddie Crutchfield and Kyra Harney and freshman Catherine Cordrey all finished with three goals, with Crutchfield adding two assists for a team-high five points. Sophomore Ellie Majure contributed two tallies and one assist to go along with a career-high six draw controls to help Duke take the category by a 17-10 margin.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Lockwood recorded five saves and three caused turnovers in the victory.
Trailing 4-0 15 minutes in, the Blue Devils responded with three straight tallies to make it a one-goal game. Cordrey got the scoring started and junior Grace Fallon then found Harney inside. Crutchfield chimed in with a quick tally in transition to pull Duke within one.
Harney’s second knotted the score at 4-4 with 11:26 to play in the opening period.
“Saint Joe’s did a good job of coming out quickly and attacking us hard,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “What’s great is that we were down and we were able to dig our way out of a hole and respond with defensive adjustments. I thought our offense, once they figured out Saint Joe’s defense, did a really good job of moving the ball and generating shots.”
The teams swapped markers before Majure and Shaffer both found the back of the net on Crutchfield assists. The squad’s defensive unit kept Saint Joseph’s off the board for a 10-minute stretch until the Hawks added a final goal with eight seconds remaining to trim the Blue Devils’ advantage to 7-6 at the intermission.
Duke held a 10-3 advantage at the draw in the opening half behind three each from Crutchfield and Majure.
“Ellie Majure did an unbelievable job of stepping in,” Kimel said. “That’s just a testament to her toughness. I think our whole team adapted really well from the start of this trip, when our travel plans were disrupted with weather and the cold. We have not played on a cold day yet this year. The whole team did a really good job of adapting today to pull out a win against a tough Saint Joe’s team.”
The Hawks’ Maggie Egan tied the contest again early in the second period but Crutchfield countered with a free position goal to put the Blue Devils back in front. Duke continued to maintain its advantage in the draw circle and turned in another solid defensive stretch, setting up Cordrey to secure her second hat trick of the season and Majure to finish on a give and go from Harney.
Harney registered a hat trick of her own a short while later, with the 4-0 scoring spurt pushing the score to 11-7.
Saint Joseph’s received a pair of tallies from Rebecca Lane that put the margin back at two. A caused turnover by Philadelphia native Kitty Morrissey set up Crutchfield’s third score and a free position goal by Shaffer made it 13-9 with 5:03 remaining.
Fallon got in on the scoring inside the final three minutes and assisted on Shaffer’s third marker, and Morrissey added a final Blue Devil goal with 28 seconds left on the clock.
For the contest, Duke led in shots, 39-18, and held a 19-17 edge in ground balls. The Blue Devils also went 16-of-18 on the day in clearing attempts while holding the Hawks to a 15-of-23 clearing effort. Duke’s defense also limited Saint Joseph’s to just one look from the eight-meter.
Lane headlined the Hawks’ attack with three goals and three assists while goalkeeper Amelia Deibler had 10 stops in the loss.
Duke remains in Philadelphia to take on No. 12 Penn Saturday at historic Franklin Field. The contest is slated for 12 p.m., with live video streaming on the Ivy League Digital Network ($).
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- With three tallies on the afternoon, junior attacker Kyra Harney sits just two shy of the 100-goal mark for her career. She is poised to become the 17th player in program history to achieve the milestone.
- Harney earned her fourth hat trick of the season while Crutchfield notched her third and Cordrey and Shaffer their second.