DURHAM, N.C. – Duke hits the road for the first time in 2018, opening ACC play Saturday afternoon at No. 25 Virginia Tech. The Blue Devils jumped seven spots to No. 13 in this week’s IWLCA Division I Coaches Poll after defeating Campbell and No. 11 Northwestern last weekend.
Through three contests, Duke has outscored its opponents, 44-25, and is outdrawing opponents by a 48-26 margin.
NO. 13 DUKE AT NO. 25 VIRGINIA TECH
Saturday, 3 p.m. l Indoor Practice Facility – Blacksburg, Va.
• Duke heads to Blacksburg with a 19-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Hokies.
• The Blue Devils suffered their only setback to Virginia Tech last season, falling by an 11-6 margin March 4 in Durham.
• In three career contests against the Hokies, senior Kyra Harney has totaled nine goals, four assists and two caused turnovers. Senior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield owns six goals and 12 draw controls against Virginia Tech, while junior attacker Olivia Jenner has totaled nine draw controls and senior defender Anne Slusser three ground balls.
• Virginia Tech evened its record at 2-2 with a 17-8 victory over Campbell Wednesday in Blacksburg. The Hokies’ losses have both come at the hands of top-10 teams in No. 8 Southern California and No. 8 James Madison.
• Virginia Tech midfielder Mary Claire Byrne has totaled 10 caused turnovers to help the squad rank third in the ACC in that category (10.25 cto/game).
• Goalkeeper Meagh Graham paces the conference in saves (31) following a 13-save outing Wednesday against the Camels.
• Offensively, the Hokies have been led by Emma Crooks (10g, 1a) and Tristan McGinley (9g).
By the Numbers
50 - Career caused turnovers amassed by senior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield, moving her into a tie for 22nd on the program’s all-time career chart
6 - Caused turnovers notched this season by senior defender Anne Slusser to lead all Blue Devils
23 - Draw controls needed by junior Olivia Jenner to match the career program record held by Emma Hamm (265)
86.5 - Duke’s clearing percentage through the first three contests (45-of-52)
67.2 - Clearing percentage recorded by the Blue Devils’ opponents (43-of-64)
8 - Goals scored by Virginia Tech freshman Emma Crooks in the Hokies’ 17-8 win over Campbell Wednesday
Cadoux, North Sweep ACC Weekly Awards
• Sophomore goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux and freshman attacker Charlotte North earned ACC weekly honors Tuesday following wins over Campbell and No. 11 Northwestern.
• Cadoux was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week after coming up big for the Blue Devils in the waning minutes of Sunday’s thrilling 9-8 victory over the Wildcats. She made three consecutive stops on Northwestern’s final offensive possession to seal the win.
• On the weekend, Cadoux totaled 13 saves.
• North paced the Duke attack in both wins, racking up nine goals and one assist. Her six-goal showing Friday against the Camels marked the highest single-game output by a Blue Devil since 2016.
• The rookie from Dallas, Texas recorded what would prove to be the game winner against the Wildcats.
Defense Slows Wildcats in Top-20 Showdown
• Anchored by Gabbe Cadoux in the net, Duke’s defensive unit held a Northwestern attack averaging 18.0 goals per game to just eight tallies on 26 shots in Sunday’s win.
• The unit also limited the Wildcats to 2-of-6 on free position opportunities.
• Seven different Blue Devils accounted for at least one caused turnover on the day.
• Duke has held all three opponents so far to single-digit scoring.
North Off to Hot Start
• Freshman attacker Charlotte North has impressed in her first few games in a Duke uniform, posting three hat tricks in as many outings.
• Her six-goal output against Campbell marked the highest by a Blue Devil this season. The Dallas, Texas native also scored the game winner in a 9-8 defeat of No. 11 Northwestern last Sunday.
• North’s 12 goals and 13 points lead the Duke attack. She entered the week ranked second in the ACC and 16th nationally with 4.00 goals per game.
• North became the first Blue Devil to garner ACC Offensive Player of the Week recognition as a freshman since Kelci Smesko in 2013.
Jenner Closing in on Career Draws Record
• Junior Olivia Jenner has helped Duke outdraw all three of its opponents so far in 2018, totaling 29 draw controls in those contests.
• 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 enters Saturday’s game just 23 shy of Duke’s all-time career leader, Emma Hamm (265).
• Jenner’s 242 career draw controls entering the weekend ranked her fourth among all active Division I players behind only seniors Shelby Fredericks of Northwestern (355), Katherine Judge of Winthrop (286) and Caroline Queally of Richmond (271).
Cadoux Approaching Century Mark in Saves
• Sophomore Gabbe Cadoux sits nine saves shy of the century mark for her career following a pair of double-digit save performances against Elon and Northwestern.
• She stands to become the eighth goalkeeper in Duke history to reach the 100-saves mark.
• Cadoux enters Saturday’s matchup averaging 7.67 saves per game and is leading the ACC in ground balls per game (4.00).