DURHAM, N.C. – Off to the program’s best start to a season since 2015, the Duke women’s lacrosse team travels to Louisville Saturday before hosting Davidson Monday at Koskinen Stadium. Both contests will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
The Blue Devils enter the weekend at 5-1 and rose one spot to No. 14 in this week’s Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll after posting wins over William & Mary and Elon last weekend.
Duke returns to ACC play Saturday at Louisville after edging Virginia Tech in a thrilling overtime contest Feb. 23 in the conference opener.
No. 14 Duke at Louisville
Saturday, 12 p.m. l Louisville, Ky. – UofL Lacrosse Stadium
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The Blue Devils lead Louisville, 5-1, in the all-time series. Charlotte North notched a program-record eight goals as 21st-ranked Duke downed Louisville, 21-12, March 10, 2018 at Koskinen Stadium. A balanced offensive effort featured eight different goal scorers and six players with at least one assist. Olivia Jenner, one game removed from becoming the Blue Devils’ all-time career draw controls leader, finished with a career-best 15 draws to help the home squad dominate the category at 25-9.
Louisville improved to 2-5 with a 15-5 victory Wednesday at Butler. The Cardinals enter Saturday’s matchup 0-1 in the ACC following a 16-4 loss at Notre Dame last weekend.
Head coach Scott Teeter’s squad features three players with double-digit goals this season in Caroline Blalock (11g, 7a), Tessa Chad (15g, 2a) and Shayla Scanlan (12g, 4a). Blalock and Alex McNicholas pace the Cardinals with 20 draw controls apiece. Goalkeeper Rachel Florek heads into the weekend with a .435 save percentage and an 11.12 goals against average.
The Blue Devils improved to 55-49 all-time in regular season ACC contests with the overtime win against Virginia Tech Feb. 23 in Durham.
No. 14 Duke vs. Davidson
Monday, 4 p.m. l Durham, N.C. – Koskinen Stadium
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The Blue Devils are 13-0 historically against the Wildcats. Senior attacker Kerrin Maurer won a career-high nine draw controls and joined teammates Brigid Smith, Kitty Morrissey, Maddie Crutchfield and Katie Trees in scoring two goals each as fifth-ranked Duke downed Davidson 13-6 March 31, 2015 at the Wildcats’ Richardson Stadium.
Davidson remains unbeaten on the season at 6-0 following a 10-7 victory at Mercer Thursday evening. The Wildcats and the Blue Devils have one mutual opponent to date, with both squads defeating Elon. The 6-0 start marks the best for the Davidson program.
The Wildcats lead the Atlantic 10 and are seventh nationally in scoring defense (6.83 gaa). Davidson is also top 10 in the country in scoring margin (7.50). Delaney Guhman ranks among the top 15 goalkeepers nationally in goals against average (8.58). Gianna New (14g, 3a) and Braeden Dial (12g, 5a) lead the squad with 17 points each while Sarah Kopp has a team-high 26 draw controls. The Blue Devils own an all-time record of 33-2 against teams from the Atlantic 10.
On 100 Heading North
With her assist at the 19:00 mark in the second half of Duke’s win over William & Mary, sophomore attacker Charlotte North registered the 100th point of her career. She became the 29th player in program history to record 100 career points after senior attacker Olivia Jenner achieved the milestone in the season opener. North also became one of just seven players in program history to reach the century mark in points in her second year, joining 2018 graduate Kyra Harney as the most recent Blue Devils to achieve the feat. North is the quickest player in program history to 100 career points, reaching the milestone in only 22 contests. North is closing in on another career milestone with 88 career goals.
Quickest to 100 Career Points at Duke
Charlotte North – 22 Games – 2019
Tricia Martin – 30 – 1998
Kerrin Maurer – 32 – 2013
Katie Chrest – 35 – 2004
Strong Out of the Gates
Duke’s 5-1 start to the season is the best for the program since 2015, when the Blue Devils kicked off the year 9-0. The 5-1 ledger includes one victory over a ranked opponent, an 11-10 overtime defeat of No. 23 Virginia Tech Feb. 23 in Durham.
Olivia Jenner in Elite Company
With six draw controls Sunday at Elon, senior attacker Olivia Jenner reached the 400-draw control mark for her career. Already Duke’s all-time leader in the category, she is also the Division I active career leader. Jenner is one of only 11 players in Division I history to reach the 400 draw control mark for their careers. Robert Morris’ Jessica Karwacki (2013-16) holds the NCAA record with 645 draw controls.
Sisters Olivia (38) and Maddie Jenner (35) have accounted for 73 of Duke’s 110 draw controls this season (67 percent). Maddie Jenner’s 13-draw output at No. 7 Northwestern Feb. 17 is tied for the fifth-most by any Division I player in a game this season.
The Blue Devils are 4-1 this season when winning the draw controls category. Duke is fifth nationally in the category with an average of 18.33 draws per outing.
NCAA Division I Active Career Leaders – Draw Controls
Olivia Jenner, Sr., Duke – 400 (60 Games)
Hailey Wagner, Sr., Marist – 385 (57)
Madison Carter, Sr., Penn State – 328 (67)
Keri McCarthy, Sr., Stony Brook – 325 (67)
Sam Apuzzo, Sr., Boston College – 317 (63)
Solid Defensive Stretch
The Blue Devils have surrendered just 18 goals over the past three contests to rank second in the ACC and tied for 13th nationally in scoring defense (7.99 gaa). Duke allowed just nine shots in last Friday’s win over William & Mary. Trailing 9-6 with 10 minutes remaining Feb. 23 against Virginia Tech, the defensive unit allowed just one tally the rest of the way, fueling the comeback run.
Rookies Shine at Elon
A pair of Blue Devil rookies contributed to Duke’s first half scoring outburst last Sunday at Elon. Olivia Rubin notched the first hat trick of her career and tacked on one assist for a season-best four points while Veronica Hineman filled the stat sheet, coming up big on both ends of the field. Hineman finished with two goals and one assist on the offensive end and led the defense with five ground balls and three draw controls.
Hineman leads the Blue Devils with eight caused turnovers this spring while Rubin is fourth on the squad in goals (9) and points (10).
Moving On Up
After jumping nine spots in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division I poll a couple of weeks ago, Duke moved up again this week, coming in at No. 14. The Blue Devils also moved up in the latest Inside Lacrosse Media and US Lacrosse Magazine national polls.
Eight of the Blue Devils’ 2019 opponents were listed in this week’s IWLCA poll, including four of the top five in No. 1 Boston College, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Syracuse and No. 5 Northwestern.
The Blue Devils are supporting Lace Up with LAX by hosting a shoe donation drive Monday at Koskinen Stadium. Fans attending the contest are asked to bring a new or gently used pair of children’s shoes to be donated to the Durham Rescue Mission organization. Donation boxes will be placed near the ticket booth at the Bassett Drive entrance to the stadium. All fans who bring a pair of shoes to donate will receive free admission to the contest.
Monday also marks 90s Night at Koskinen, with special 90s promotions planned. The Duke Marketing staff will be giving away Duke Lax scrunchies at the Marketing Table and also playing all the 90s musical hits.