DURHAM, N.C. – Freshman Charlotte North fired six goals to guide the 20th-ranked Blue Devils to an 18-8 defeat of Campbell Friday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. North’s seven points paced another balanced scoring effort by Duke, which improved to 2-0 heading into a Sunday showdown with No. 11 Northwestern.
Eleven different Blue Devils tallied goals on the day and 12 registered at least one point in a strong offensive showing. Duke placed 27 of its 35 shots on goal and dominated the draw, 20-7, behind 12 draw controls by junior Olivia Jenner.
“Liv really battled, no matter if the ball was on the air or on the ground, through the entire game,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “From whistle to whistle, Liv was really just staunch on the draw today for us … We have a lot of people who can score. This year we’re trying to run different kinds of lines midfield-wise, which I think is giving people not only good rest, but more than anything, giving people fresh legs to be really dynamic and be a real threat out of transition for us, as well as in our settled offense.”
A trio of upperclassmen got the Blue Devils off to a fast start, as senior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield won the opening draw and senior Grace Fallon then fed Jenner for the game’s first goal just 12 seconds in. A Gabbe Cadoux save on Campbell’s first offensive possession set up a Kyra Harney marker, and North followed with her first of the day.
Duke won each of the first five draws to extend the lead to 4-1, and tacked on three more quick tallies to make the score 7-1 at the 19:15 mark. The Camels’ Kayla Reilly broke through for a goal before the Blue Devils took off on a 7-0 run that made it 14-2 at the intermission.
North secured a hat trick during the first 30 minutes of play while Jenner and Harney added two goals apiece. Defensively, the Blue Devils limited Campbell to just 5-of-12 on clearing attempts in the first half.
The teams opened the second period by swapping tallies, with North finishing both times for Duke. The Camels’ Mackenzie Koeller then recorded three straight goals to pull the visiting squad back within 10 at 16-6. Two more goals by either side closed out the contest.
Junior Jamie Lockwood and freshman Chase Henriquez both saw time in the net during the second half, with Lockwood recording two stops and Henriquez four in her Duke debut. Cadoux totaled three saves in just over 40 minutes of action.
Fallon, Harney, senior defender Anne Slusser and freshman midfielder Katie Cronin all accounted for two caused turnovers each as the Blue Devils played a part in 11 of Campbell’s 20 turnovers on the afternoon. Fallon also picked up a team-high four ground balls.
“It’s great that we put ourselves in a position to put a good mix of people in there today,” Kimel said. “It wasn’t quite our sharpest performance today, but nonetheless our first game where we’ve got to roll from classes onto the field and play and I thought our kids overall did a pretty good job.”
Duke faces a quick turnaround this weekend, returning to Koskinen Stadium Sunday to take on No. 11 Northwestern at 12 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
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- Freshman Charlotte North’s six tallies are tied for the third most by a Blue Devil in a single game. Her performance marked the highest single game output by a Blue Devil since Maddy Acton notched six goals against Syracuse April 3, 2016.