DURHAM, N.C. – Duke opens its 23rd season under head coach Kerstin Kimel Sunday when it hosts Elon at Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils and the Phoenix will meet for the fifth consecutive season. Duke has won 21 consecutive season openers and 17 straight home openers coming into Sunday’s 1 p.m. contest. The season opener features a matchup of ranked teams as the Blue Devils were No. 20 and Elon No. 21 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Preseason Poll.
NO. 20 DUKE VS. NO. 21 ELON
Sunday, 1 p.m. l Turf Field – Durham, N.C.
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• Duke and the Phoenix will square off for the fifth consecutive season. The Blue Devils are 2-0 when facing Elon in the season opener.
• Maddie Crutchfield buried the game-winning goal with 12.6 seconds remaining to send Duke past the Phoenix in last year’s meeting, a thrilling 10-9 victory for the Blue Devils.
• Crutchfield recorded two goals and an assist while Grace Fallon had a team-high four points on two goals and two assists. Kyra Harney added one goal and two assists to reach the 100-goal mark for her career.
• Gabbe Cadoux made the first start of her collegiate career in goal, turning in 10 saves.
• Elon opens the spring ranked 21st in the IWLCA Division I Coaches Poll. The Phoenix went 13-7 last season, making trips to the CAA title game and the NCAA Tournament under the direction of Josh Hexter, a former Blue Devil associate head coach.
• Senior Stephanie Asher, a Preseason All-CAA pick, returns to lead the Elon attack after totaling a school record 58 goals and 69 points last season.
• The Phoenix also return senior defender Alexis Zadjura, another Preseason All-CAA selection. A three-year starter, Zadjura led the team with 35 draw controls a year ago.
• Elon was picked to finish third in the CAA by a vote of the conference’s head coaches.
• The Blue Devils are 30-7 all-time against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association.
Parking and Operational Information
• General public parking is available in the Grounds Lot off of Cameron Blvd./751 and in the Whitford Lot on Whitford Drive. Parking for persons with disabilities is available in the Whitford Lot.
• Single game tickets are available for all regular season contests at Koskinen Stadium by visiting goduke.com/tickets, calling (919) 681-BLUE or visiting the ticket booths on game day.
By the Numbers
213 - Draw controls totaled by junior attacker Olivia Jenner in her first two seasons
52 - Draws needed by Jenner to match the career program record held by Emma Hamm (265)
1 - Goal separated the Blue Devils and the Phoenix in their last outing - a 10-9 Duke victory last March in Elon, N.C.
8 - Returning starters from a season ago, including the team’s top two scorers from 2017 in Kyra Harney (50 points) and Maddie Crutchfield (49)
3 - Former Blue Devils competed in the FIL World Cup over the summer - Sarah Bullard (U.S.), Emma Lazaroff (Israel) and Kerrin Maurer (Italy)
• Senior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield was selected to the 2018 Preseason All-ACC Team Wednesday. The co-captain from Concord, N.H., was a second team all-conference pick last spring.
• Crutchfield was also tabbed a Preseason All-America honorable mention selection by Inside Lacrosse. She was joined in earning honorable mention recognition from the publication by sophomore goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux and junior attacker Olivia Jenner.
Duke in the Preseason Polls
• The Blue Devils came in at No. 20 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division I Coaches Poll released Jan. 29.
• Nine of Duke’s 2018 opponents were listed in the initial poll, including three inside the top 10.
• Head coach Kerstin Kimel’s squad was also tabbed No. 19 in preseason rankings released by Inside Lacrosse and US Lacrosse Magazine.
• Duke was picked to finish sixth in the ACC in a preseason poll of the conference’s eight head coaches.
Duke in Season Openers
• The Duke program is 21-1 all-time in season openers and 19-2 in home openers.
• The Blue Devils have won 17 consecutive home openers coming into the 2018 season.
Veteran Attack Returns in 2018
• The Blue Devils return six of their seven leading point scorers from a year ago.
• Seniors Maddie Crutchfield (32g, 17a) and Kyra Harney (30g, 20a) lead the way after achieving statistical milestones last spring. Harney became the 17th player in program history to reach 100 career goals while Crutchfield became the 26th player in Duke history to reach the 100-point mark for her career.
• Catherine Cordrey found a home among the Blue Devil attack last year, tying for seventh on the program’s freshman chart with 28 goals.
• Duke also welcomes back Olivia Jenner (20g, 8a), Ellie Majure (17g, 9a) and Grace Fallon (16g, 16a) - all starters from a season ago.
Jenner Aiming for Career Draws Record
• Olivia Jenner amassed 103 draw controls as a sophomore, with that output ranking second on Duke’s single season chart behind her own 110 draws as a freshman in 2016.
• During the 2017 campaign, Jenner surpassed 2014 graduate Taylor Virden (184) for second on the program’s all-time list with 213 career draws. She sits just 52 shy of Duke’s all-time career leader, Emma Hamm (265).
Irizarry Joins Duke Coaching Staff
• Bria Irizarry joined the Blue Devil coaching staff in August after spending the past three seasons as the top assistant at Army West Point alongside head coach Kristen Waagbo - a former Blue Devil standout and assistant coach.
• Irizarry oversees Duke’s defensive personnel, which includes returners Anne Slusser, Michelle Staggers, Callie Humphrey and Charlotte Tucci.
• A 2011 graduate of Richmond, Irizarry has also previously coached at George Washington and at her alma mater.
Blue Devils Welcome Class of 2021
• Head coach Kerstin Kimel bolstered the roster with the addition of 10 student-athletes for the 2018 campaign.
• Three members of the freshman class competed in the 12th annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game over the summer - Catriona Barry, Katie Cosgrove and game MVP Charlotte North.