DURHAM, N.C. – The Blue Devils look to keep momentum rolling Saturday against No. 3 Boston College following an ACC road victory over No. 11 Syracuse. The 12 p.m. matchup at Koskinen Stadium marks Duke’s inaugural “It Takes A Team - Duke WLax for DCI” contest, celebrating a partnership with the Duke Cancer Institute.
The Eagles head to Durham unbeaten on the season at 13-0.
Following Saturday’s ACC action, the Blue Devils make the short trip to High Point, N.C., to face the Panthers Monday.
NO. 15 DUKE VS. NO. 3 BOSTON COLLEGE
Saturday, 12 p.m. l Durham, N.C. – Koskinen Stadium
ACC Network Extra l Live Stats
• Duke is 14-2 all-time against the Eagles, having claimed each of the last three meetings in the series.
• Seven different Blue Devils scored as Duke rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Boston College, 15-12, in last year’s trip to Newton. Catherine Cordrey and Grace Fallon both notched hat tricks and Maddie Crutchfield logged six points to highlight a balanced scoring effort in the win. Defensively, the Blue Devils limited the Eagles to just four second-half tallies and goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux finished with 11 saves.
• Boston College collected its 13th consecutive victory with a 15-12 win at then-No. 7 Virginia last weekend. The Eagles head to Durham in the midst of the longest win streak in program history.
• Junior Sam Apuzzo tops the country in points (77) and goals (53) heading into the weekend while the squad’s offense is averaging a nation-best 16.85 goals per game. Apuzzo is also the Eagles’ leader at the draw with 77.
• Defensively, Boston College allows just 9.08 goals per contest to rank eighth in the country. The Eagles have surrendered 12 or fewer tallies in 12 of 13 games on the year.
• Goalkeeper Lauren Daly anchors the defensive unit with a 9.03 goals against average and a .456 save percentage.
• The Blue Devils are 54-46 all-time in regular season ACC contests following a 17-10 victory at No. 11 Syracuse last Saturday.
NO. 15 DUKE AT NO. 25 HIGH POINT
Monday, 6 p.m. l High Point, N.C. – Vert Stadium
ESPN3 l Live Stats
• Monday’s contest will mark just the third meeting between Duke and the Panthers, with the Blue Devils leading the series, 2-0.
• The teams last squared off in 2014, a 10-9 victory for Duke, which rallied from a halftime deficit. The Blue Devils outscored High Point 8-5 in the second half and controlled the draw down the stretch for the non-conference victory.
• High Point sits at 8-2 entering a Saturday contest against Liberty. The Panthers have won seven consecutive contests, including an 18-9 victory Wednesday at Campbell.
• Brooke Stevens paces High Point’s attack with 46 points (19g, 27a) while Erica Perrotta has also topped the 40-point mark for the season (26g, 15a).
• Samantha Herman leads the Panthers at the draw with 33 draw controls and also enters the weekend with 16 caused turnovers and 14 ground balls.
• In goal, Jill Rall has compiled a 10.11 goals against average and a .403 save percentage.
• High Point ranks second nationally in caused turnovers per game (12.70) and fourth in free position percentage (.549) and in points per game (23.30).
• The Blue Devils are 8-0 all-time against Big South teams following an 18-8 win over Campbell Feb. 16.
Parking and Operational Information
• General public parking for Saturday's contest will be available in the Grounds Lot located on Cameron Blvd./751. Parking for persons with disabilities will be available in the Whitford Lot located on Whitford Drive.
• 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
1 - Duke’s national rank in draw controls per game (17.91) behind the efforts of ACC leader and draw specialist Olivia Jenner
97 - Draw controls won by Jenner this spring, to rank third on Duke’s single season chart behind her freshman and sophomore year totals
3 - ACC or national player of the week nods earned by Blue Devil players following the win over the Orange
21 - Season-high number of ground balls collected by the Blue Devils in last Saturday’s victory at No. 11 Syracuse
3 - Points needed by senior attacker Kyra Harney to reach 200 for her career, a milestone only nine Blue Devils have reached
Blue Devils Partner with Duke Cancer Institute
• Saturday’s contest marks the Blue Devils’ inaugural “It Takes A Team - Duke WLax for DCI” game, celebrating the program’s partnership with the Duke Cancer Institute. The aim of the partnership is to build awareness and raise funds for the organization.
• The Blue Devils will honor several members of the DCI community during halftime of Saturday’s contest.
• All fundraising efforts stemming from Saturday’s game will directly benefit the “It Takes A Team - DukeWLax for DCI” fund.
Thank you to our 🔵😈 alums for the support from across the country! 😊— Duke Women's Lacrosse (@DukeWLAX) April 5, 2018
Can't wait to kick off our partnership with @DukeCancer and take on the Eagles Saturday in Koskinen! https://t.co/ZhVCoJ8sVT l #GoDuke pic.twitter.com/APrt8iKh9z
Humphrey Hauls in National, ACC Recognition
• Sophomore defender Callie Humphrey was tabbed the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) National Defensive Player of the Week and the ACC Defensive Player of the Week following her performance in Duke’s 17-10 win at No. 11 Syracuse. The Summit, N.J., native was recognized with weekly awards for the first time in her career after spearheading a stifling defensive effort that limited the Orange to just the 10 tallies, including only four in the second half.
• Tasked with marking one of Syracuse’s leading scorers, Humphrey held Nicole Levy without a point or shot in the contest and picked up four ground balls to go along with a caused turnover.
• Through 11 contests, Humphrey paces the Blue Devils in ground balls (23) and caused turnovers (12).
Jenner Snags Weekly Award from US Lacrosse
• Junior attacker Olivia Jenner received Brine/US Lacrosse Player of the Week honors Monday following a four-goal, seven-draw control performance in the road win over the Orange.
• Jenner was one of three Blue Devils to finish with a hat trick, and gave Duke a 20-9 advantage on the day in draw controls.
• The Annapolis, Md., native entered the week leading the ACC and ranked third in the country with an average of 8.82 draw controls per game.
North Breaks Freshman Goals Record
• With her second goal last Saturday at Syracuse, rookie attacker Charlotte North broke the Blue Devils’ freshman goals record of 39 previously held by Duke greats Katie Chrest and Carolyn Davis.
• North is also approaching the program’s freshman points record with 46 through 11 contests. Chrest holds the record with 54 as a rookie in 2003.
• North’s 41 tallies tie her for the ninth-most in the country to date. Risa Mosenthal (42) of Brown is the only freshman in the nation with more goals this season.
Duke Freshman Record – Points
1. 54 – Katie Chrest, 2003
2. 52 – Emma Hamm, 2008
3. 49 – Kerrin Maurer, 2012
49 – Carolyn Davis, 2006
5. 48 – Kelci Smesko, 2013
6. 46 – Charlotte North, 2018
46 – Kyra Harney, 2015
Blue Devils Leading the Way at the Draw
• Duke entered the week leading the nation in draw controls per game with an average of 17.91 per outing.
• The Blue Devils are 7-3 this season when winning the draw after outdrawing Syracuse, 20-9, in last Saturday’s road victory.
• Junior draw specialist Olivia Jenner has been key to Duke’s draw success with 97 on the season - a total that ranks her tops in the ACC and third in the country.
• Jenner topped the 300-draw control mark for her career. March 24 against Virginia. She became just the 18th player in NCAA Division I history to reach the 300-draw control milestone. The Annapolis, Md., native became the Blue Devils’ all-time career draw controls leader March 4 against Boston University, surpassing former Blue Devil Emma Hamm (265) for the program record.
• Jenner’s 310 career draw controls rank her fourth among all active Division I players.