DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s ACC slate gets no easier this weekend, as the 13th-ranked Blue Devils head north to take on the nation’s top-ranked team in Boston College. Opening draw is scheduled for 12 p.m. Saturday on ACC Network Extra.
Duke heads to Boston with a 2-2 mark in conference play while the Eagles are unbeaten at 4-0.
Saturday’s matchup features the nation’s top two draw teams as the Eagles lead the country in the statistic and the Blue Devils rank second.
No. 13 Duke at No. 1 Boston College
Saturday, 12 p.m. l Newton, Mass. – Newton Campus Lacrosse & Soccer Field
ACC Network Extra l Live Stats
The Blue Devils hold a 14-3 advantage in the all-time series between the schools though Boston College claimed last spring’s meeting en route to an NCAA title game appearance. The Blue Devils were unable to contain Boston College’s high-powered attack in an 18-8 loss to the Eagles last spring at Koskinen Stadium. Blue Devil freshmen powered the offense in the loss, with Katie Cronin notching the first hat trick of her career and Abby Landry adding two tallies. Boston College featured four players with hat tricks on the afternoon, including a game-high five goals from Dempsey Arsenault. Sam Apuzzo and Kaileen Hart accounted for five points each.
Top-ranked Boston College remained unbeaten at 13-0 this season with a 13-9 defeat of fifth-ranked Notre Dame Wednesday in Newton, Mass. The Eagles are one of just three remaining unbeaten teams.
Sam Apuzzo (62g, 18a), Kenzie Kent (26g, 48a), Dempsey Arsenault (35g, 14a) and Cara Urbank (30g, 10a) account for 67 percent of the Eagles’ scoring. Apuzzo and Urbank both had hat tricks in Wednesday’s win over the Irish. Behind the trio of Apuzzo (107 draw controls), Arsenault (61) and Elizabeth Miller (55), Boston College paces the country at the draw. Goalkeeper Abbey Ngai turned in a 14-save performance against Notre Dame and enters the weekend with a 9.59 goals against average and a .531 save percentage.
Senior attacker Olivia Jenner has totaled three goals, one assist and 20 draw controls in three career games against Boston College. Cronin registered a hat trick in last year’s meeting with the Eagles, as did junior attacker Catherine Cordrey in 2016. Junior goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux has racked up 14 saves in two appearances against Boston College.
The Blue Devils are 56-51 all-time in regular season ACC contests following last weekend’s loss to No. 4 Syracuse.
Two Blue Devils received midseason All-America recognition from Inside Lacrosse Thursday as senior attacker and draw specialist Olivia Jenner and sophomore attacker Charlotte North were both tabbed to the second team. Jenner has put together an impressive senior season on the attacking end while continuing to lead a draw control unit that ranks second in the nation with over 18 draws per game. Showing no signs of slowing down in her sophomore season, North paces the Blue Devils with 56 goals and 19 assists.
Duke in the Midst of Tough ACC Stretch
Three of Duke’s upcoming conference opponents are currently ranked inside the top 10 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association national poll, including this weekend’s opponent in No. 1 Boston College. The Blue Devils are also set to face No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 6 North Carolina in the next two weekends following matchups against No. 8 Virginia and No. 4 Syracuse in the previous two weeks.
Duke came in at No. 13 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll this week and remained at No. 12 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
Nation’s Scoring Leaders Go Head-to-Head
Sophomore attacker Charlotte North continues to lead the country in points per game (6.25) and entered the week ranked third behind national leader Sam Apuzzo of Boston College in goals per game. Apuzzo is third nationally in points per game.
The Eagles’ attack ranks second in the country in scoring (17.62 gpg) and Duke’s attack seventh (15.92 gpg).
NCAA Division I Leaders – Goals Per Game
1. Sam Apuzzo, Sr., Boston College – 4.77
2. Alyssa Parrella, Jr., Hofstra – 4.73
3. Charlotte North, So., Duke – 4.67
4. Risa Mosenthal, So., Brown – 4.60
5. Siena Gore, So., Kennesaw State – 4.40
NCAA Division I Leaders – Points Per Game
1. Charlotte North, So., Duke – 6.25
2. Kelly Larkin, Jr., Navy – 6.18
3. Sam Apuzzo, Sr., Boston College – 6.15
4. Monica Borzillo, Jr., Cincinnati – 5.83
5. Alyssa Parrella, Jr., Hofstra – 5.73
Duel at the Draw
Saturday’s showdown in Newton will also feature the nation’s top two teams at the draw. Sisters Olivia and Maddie Jenner along with sophomore Catriona Barry and freshman Veronica Hineman on the circle will take on a Boston College unit led by senior Sam Apuzzo. Apuzzo enters the weekend ranked fifth nationally in draw controls per game (8.23). Senior Olivia Jenner is tied for 10th (7.00) in the category and freshman Maddie Jenner tied for 27th (5.33).
NCAA Statistics – Draw Controls Per Game
1. Boston College – 19.15
2. Duke – 18.50
NCAA Statistics – Draw Control Percentage
1. Duke – .675
2. Boston College – .668
Cadoux Tops 200 Saves
With three saves in last Saturday’s tilt against Syracuse, junior goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux topped the 200-save mark for her career. She is one of seven goalkeepers in program history to reach the 200-save mark. A native of Ellicott City, Md., Cadoux is also eighth all-time at Duke in saves per game (5.61) and sixth in goalkeeper wins (16).
Cadoux ranks fifth among ACC goalkeepers this season in goals against average (10.18).
Blue Devils Renew Collaboration with DCI
Last Saturday’s contest against Syracuse at Koskinen Stadium saw the Blue Devils renew their collaboration with the Duke Cancer Institute (DCI). The squad hosted its second annual “It Takes A Team - DukeWLax for DCI” game. The aim of the collaboration with DCI is to build awareness and raise funds for the organization. The Blue Devils also welcomed eight-year-old Raleigh native Abby Johnson, who has been cancer-free following the removal of a brain tumor, to the team during Saturday’s contest.
All fundraising efforts stemming from the game directly benefit the “It Takes A Team - DukeWLax for DCI” fund. A donation link can be found at goduke.us/DCI2019.
Olivia Jenner Doing It All as a Senior
Senior attacker Olivia Jenner tallied a career-best six goals last Saturday against the Orange and matched her career high with a game-high nine points. This season, Jenner has surpassed her previous career highs in all three offensive categories with 37 goals and 18 assists for 55 points, all while continuing to pace Duke at the draw.
Last week saw Jenner became the second Blue Devil to reach the 100-goal milestone this season, doing so in a victory at Campbell. Jenner joined sophomore Charlotte North in achieving the feat. North became the fastest player in program history to hit 100 career goals March 18 against Davidson. The Dallas, Texas native accomplished the feat in just 26 games.
Both Jenner and North hit the 100-point mark for their careers already this season, with Jenner doing so in the season opener and North reaching the century mark March 1 against William & Mary. North also became one of just seven players in program history to reach the century mark in points in her second year. She was the quickest player in program history to 100 career points, reaching the milestone in only 22 contests.