DURHAM, N.C. – Duke looks to stop a two-game slide Sunday at No. 21 Notre Dame. The 1 p.m. conference matchup between the ranked squads will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Both teams enter the contest in search of their third ACC victory of the season.
The Blue Devils lead the all-time series between the programs, 11-5, but the Irish have claimed the past two meetings.
NO. 18 DUKE AT NO. 21 NOTRE DAME
Sunday, 1 p.m. l Notre Dame, Ind. – Arlotta Stadium
ACC Network Extra l Live Stats
• The Blue Devils are 11-5 all-time against the Irish, though Notre Dame has claimed the past two meetings in the series. Both of those contests have been decided by one goal.
• In last spring’s matchup, a 12-11 setback for Duke, Notre Dame’s Grace Muller broke an 11-11 tie with 1:29 remaining. The Blue Devils had been ahead or tied for the entire game prior to Muller’s deciding tally.
• Olivia Jenner led Duke’s offensive effort with four goals and three assists, while Maddie Crutchfield and Catherine Cordrey contributed two goals each.
• Jamie Lockwood was solid in goal, notching 12 saves. • Notre Dame sits at 7-7 and 2-4 in ACC play entering Sunday’s top-25 tilt. The Irish are coming off of a 20-10 loss at No. 9 Northwestern last weekend.
• The Irish lead the ACC in saves percentage (.482) behind the play of goalkeeper Samantha Giacolone, who has recorded an 11.55 goals against average and a .473 save percentage.
• Maddie Howe paces Notre Dame’s attack with 30 goals and 12 assists, while Andie Aldave (22g, 12a), Nikki Ortega (19g, 15a) and Savannah Buchanan (18g, 16a) have all topped the 30-point mark for the season.
• Aldave is also the squad’s leader at the draw with 79 and Buchanan has contributed 46.
• The Blue Devils are 54-47 all-time in regular season ACC contests following a loss to No. 3 Boston College April 7.
Harney Tops 200-Point Mark
• With an assist in the second half of last Saturday’s contest against No. 3 Boston College, senior attacker Kyra Harney reached the 200-point milestone for her career. She heads to Notre Dame with 204 career points to tie her for eighth in program history.
• Harney became just the 10th player in Duke program history to reach the milestone.
• The 204 points rank Harney 20th among all active Division I players.
Duke Career Record – Points
1. 287 – Katie Chrest (216g, 71a), 2003-06
2. 280 – Kerrin Maurer (161g, 119a), 2012-15
3. 277 – Kristen Waagbo (161g, 116a), 2004-07
4. 250 – Caroline Cryer (169g, 81a), 2005-09
5. 247 – Carolyn Davis (193g, 54a), 2006-09
6. 236 – Tricia Martin (161g, 75a), 1997-00
7. 212 – Lindsay Gilbride (159g, 53a), 2007-10
8. 204 – Leigh Jester (141g, 63a), 2004-07
204 – Kyra Harney (133g, 71a), 2015-18
Staggers a Semifinalist for Arthur Ashe Jr. Award
• Junior Michelle Staggers was named a semifinalist for the 2018 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education recently announced. The Stafford, Va., native was one of 40 female and male semifinalists.
• The prestigious award honors undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr., recipients demonstrate a commitment to community service and student leadership in addition to their athletic ability and academic performance.
• A three-year starter for the Blue Devils on defense, Staggers has received ACC Academic Honor Roll recognition twice as a cultural anthropology major. She participated in the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement (ACE) Program and DukeEngage.
Jenner Breaks Single Season Draws Record
• With 13 draw controls Monday evening at No. 24 High Point, junior attacker Olivia Jenner pushed her season total to 115, surpassing her own program single season record of 110 set in 2016. The 115 draw controls lead all players nationwide.
• Behind Jenner’s efforts, Duke entered the week leading the nation in draw controls per game with an average of 17.92 per outing.
• The Blue Devils are 7-4 this season when winning the draw, and are outdrawing opponents by a 233-132 margin for the year.
• 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 also 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 328 career draw controls rank her third among all active Division I players.
Division I Active Career Leaders – Draw Controls
1. 446 – Shelby Fredericks, Sr., Northwestern (72 games)
2. 375 – Katherine Judge, Sr., Winthrop (75)
3. 328 – Olivia Jenner, Jr., Duke (50)
4. 321 – Caroline Queally, Sr., Richmond (69)
5. 318 – Darby Kiernan, Sr., Colorado (69)
Blue Devils Partner with Duke Cancer Institute
• Last Saturday’s contest in Koskinen Stadium marked the Blue Devils’ inaugural “It Takes A Team - Duke WLax for DCI” game, celebrating the program’s collaboration with the Duke Cancer Institute. The aim of the partnership is to build awareness and raise funds for the organization.
• The Blue Devils honored six members of the DCI community during halftime of the contest against Boston College.
• All fundraising efforts will directly benefit the “It Takes A Team - DukeWLax for DCI” fund.