DURHAM, N.C. –Junior Olivia Jenner became the Blue Devils’ all-time career draw controls leader Sunday, totaling 10 draws to lead Duke to a 21-13 defeat of Boston University at Koskinen Stadium.
Jenner surpassed former Blue Devil standout Emma Hamm (265) for the program record, rounding out the day with 268 draw controls in just over two seasons of action. The attacker from Annapolis, Md., also collected her second hat trick of the spring in the victory, notching three goals and adding two assists. Freshman Charlotte North provided another milestone on the offensive end, racking up seven goals to match Katie Chrest and Caroline Cryer for Duke’s single game scoring record.
The non-conference win over the Terriers (1-2) snapped a two-game slide for the Blue Devils, who improved to 4-2 overall.
“We had a really tough result and unexpected performance on Friday, especially from an offensive standpoint,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “With one day of preparation, I thought our guys did a really good job of getting a new game plan together and coming out and executing it and shooting really well, especially in the second half.”
Following a tough offensive showing for Duke in a loss to Stanford Friday, the squad was quick to get on the board in Sunday’s contest. The Blue Devils jumped out to a 4-0 advantage behind goals from seniors Grace Fallon and Maddie Crutchfield and two from North, while sophomore goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux recorded five early saves.
After the teams traded tallies, Crutchfield netted a man-up marker that made it 7-3 at the 7:36 mark in the opening half. However, Boston University countered with a three-goal spurt that narrowed the margin to 8-6 at the break.
Jenner came out firing in the second half, scoring three times in a three-minute span to join North in earning a hat trick. North continued to attack the cage as well, notching her fourth and fifth markers of the day 10 minutes into the period. She would tack on her sixth – a top shelf rocket from the eight-meter – following back-to-back goals by the Terriers, to extend Duke’s lead to 15-9.
“Charlotte is really special, and I think she did a great job of taking her opportunities when they presented themselves in the sets we were running,” Kimel said. “Maddie was fantastic out of transition. I thought she gave us so much momentum off of the draw and then helping the ball down the field and people were able to hit her as she came in.”
Led by Jenner, the Blue Devils won 13 of 21 draw controls in the second half to fuel additional scores by Crutchfield, freshmen midfielders Abby Landry and Catriona Barry and North. Boston University strung together three unanswered tallies inside the final 10 minutes, but saw Duke tack on two more of its own before the final horn.
Five draw controls by Crutchfield and three by Barry, in addition to Jenner’s 10, helped the Blue Devils take the category by a 23-12 margin. Duke also outshot the Terriers, 48-26, and held a slight edge in the ground ball battle at 18-16. North, Crutchfield and Cadoux picked up three ground balls apiece in the win.
“I’m so proud of Liv,” Kimel said. “She works really hard, and especially as she’s gotten older and matured as a player. She spends a lot of time watching film, working on that part of her game in practice. We talk about as a staff and with the team – we don’t ever want to take what she does for us for granted. In addition to her winning draws, I think the kids on the circle do a really good job of just fighting and clawing to come up with those balls. So it’s a team effort but Liv puts us in a great position to gain possession quite often.”
Cadoux and junior Jamie Lockwood shared time in the net for the third consecutive contest, with Cadoux making 10 stops in nearly 49 minutes of action and Lockwood recording two.
Kailey Conry headlined a balanced attack for Boston University with two goals and three assists.
The Blue Devils continue a six-game home stand next weekend, welcoming ACC opponent Louisville Saturday at 12 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
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- With 25 goals through her first six collegiate games, freshman Charlotte North is tied for 11th on Duke’s freshman season records chart.