NEWTON, Mass. – The 13th-ranked Blue Devils matched top-ranked Boston College goal for goal through most of the first half and again early in the second but ultimately fell to the Eagles by a 20-12 score Saturday at Newton Campus Lacrosse Field.
Duke’s defense held a high-scoring Boston College attack to just seven tallies through the contest’s opening 26 minutes, keeping the squad within striking distance, but struggled to slow the Eagles (14-0, 5-0 ACC) in the second half. The Blue Devils dropped to 8-5 on the season and 2-3 in ACC action with the loss.
Boston native Abby Landry and senior attacker Olivia Jenner both collected hat tricks while four different Eagles finished with hat tricks, led by Dempsey Arsenault’s five markers. Behind the efforts of Olivia Jenner and freshman Maddie Jenner, Duke held an 18-16 edge at the draw in a battle of the country’s top two teams in the category.
Scoring went back and forth during the opening half, with Landry and sophomore midfielder Katie Cronin both chiming in with tallies. Back-to-back saves by junior goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux preserved the third tie of the game at 4-4 and following a Boston College goal, the Blue Devils knotted the score again on a quick Maddie Jenner to Ellie Majure connection off the draw.
An emphatic Charlotte North finish on an assist by Olivia Jenner following a Catriona Barry caused turnover kept the Blue Devils within one but the Eagles would take a 9-6 advantage into the intermission.
Landry buried shots on consecutive possessions to open the second half, pulling Duke back within one. Boston College responded by pushing its lead to 13-9.
Duke looked to regain momentum on a free position goal by junior Catherine Cordrey but the Eagles would rattle off seven straight prior to goals by senior Ellie Majure and Maddie Jenner that ended the Boston College run and rounded out the contest.
The Eagles led in shots, 39-19, on the day and picked up 21 ground balls to 13 by the Blue Devils. Boston College finished 15-of-15 on clearing attempts to a 9-of-17 mark by Duke.
Kenzie Kent’s eight points led all players while Sam Apuzzo finished with seven for the Eagles.
Cadoux had 10 saves in goal for the Blue Devils and paced the squad with three ground balls. Midfielders Barry and Hineman accounted for four of the team’s eight caused turnovers on the afternoon.
Up next, the Blue Devils step out of ACC play for a Tuesday contest at East Carolina. Opening draw is set for 7 p.m. at the Pirates’ Johnson Stadium and on ecupirates.com.