PHILADELPHIA – The Blue Devils are in the midst of a busy Spring Break, with just one day off between non-conference contests against Saint Joseph’s and No. 12 Penn. Here are five storylines to follow heading into Saturday’s top-20 battle with the Quakers.
This week’s trip to Philadelphia marks a homecoming for several Blue Devils. Head coach Kerstin Kimel hails from Havertown, Pa., and graduated from Haverford High School, while associate head coach Lauren Morton, a native of Glenside, Pa., graduated from Gwynedd Mercy Academy. Blue Devil senior Kitty Morrissey also hails from the area, graduating from Springside School.
Top-20 Matchup on Tap
Duke faces its third ranked opponent of the season Saturday in No. 12 Penn. The Blue Devils are 1-1 against ranked foes this spring with a win over No. 12 Stanford (Feb. 18) and a one-goal loss to No. 9 Notre Dame (Feb. 26). Last year’s meeting between Duke and the Quakers also featured a battle of ranked squads, with the 10th-ranked Blue Devils emerging with a 12-6 victory in Durham.
Quartet of Blue Devils Highlights Scoring at Saint Joseph’s
Senior Hayley Shaffer, juniors Maddie Crutchfield and Kyra Harney and freshman Catherine Cordrey all finished with three goals apiece in Thursday’s 16-10 victory at Saint Joseph’s. Harney collected her team-leading fourth hat trick of the season while Crutchfield notched her third. Shaffer and Cordrey both earned their second three-plus goal performances of the season. The 16-goal output was the highest for the Blue Devils since the squad turned in back-to-back 20-goal games against Furman and Navy in early February.
Harney Closing in on 100-Goal Mark
With three tallies Thursday, Harney moved within two of the 100-goal mark for her career. The junior attacker from Bay Shore, N.Y., is poised to become the 17th player in program history to reach the century mark in goals. With 141 career points and 98 career goals, Harney is also set to become the 17th Blue Devil to join the century club in both points and goals.
Duke Continues to Dominate the Draw
The Blue Devils claimed the draw controls category for the third straight contest Thursday at Saint Joseph’s. A career-high six draw controls by sophomore Ellie Majure and four each by senior defender Maura Schwitter and Crutchfield helped Duke take the category by a 17-10 margin. The squad is 4-2 this season when outdrawing its opponent, and will look to continue that trend Saturday against a Penn team averaging 11.7 draw controls per contest.