DURHAM, N.C. – Playing on the road for the fourth time in the last five contests, 12th-ranked Duke visits in-state opponent East Carolina Tuesday at 7 p.m. on ECUPirates.com. Tuesday’s matchup marks the final midweek contest of the regular season for the Blue Devils.
The Pirates are 5-8 in the second year of their program under the direction of head coach Amanda Barnes-Moore, who served as an assistant coach at Duke from 2012-16.
No. 12 Duke at East Carolina
Tuesday, 7 p.m. l Greenville, N.C. – Johnson Stadium
ECUPirates.com l Live Stats
Duke rounded out its 2018 campaign with a 21-8 defeat of East Carolina last May on Senior Day in Koskinen Stadium in the first meeting between the teams. Kyra Harney headlined a balanced scoring effort with a career-high six goals while Grace Fallon finished with four assists and a goal. On the other side of the ball, Jackie Perry turned in a career-best three ground balls and four caused turnovers as the Blue Devils held the Pirates to single-digit tallies.
East Carolina is coming off of consecutive losses to start American Athletic Conference play, dropping contests to Vanderbilt and Cincinnati in the last two weekends. Ally Stanton recorded a team-high three points against the Bearcats and leads the squad with 31 points on the year (19g, 12a). Nicole Legar is second with 28 points (22g, 6a) and owns a team-best 52 draw controls. Hannah Melton and Jordyn Cox have combined for 23 caused turnovers while, in goal, Christina White has posted 134 saves to go with a 13.38 goals against average.
Duke and the Pirates have two mutual opponents in Campbell and North Carolina.
The Blue Devils are 19-5 historically against current American Athletic Conference teams.
Tale of Two Halves
The 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 in Newton, Mass. 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 in the second half.
The first half featured five ties and two lead changes and saw the Blue Devils hold a 10-9 advantage in ground balls. Boston College won the ground ball battle, 12-3, in the second half. The Eagles led, 9-6, at the intermission but went on an 11-2 run over a 20-minute span in the second half.
Duel at the Draw
Duke emerged with an 18-16 advantage in Saturday’s clash of the nation’s top two draw teams at Boston College. The Eagles held the upper hand in the first half, 10-6, but the Blue Devils took the category in the second half by a 12-6 margin.
Sisters Olivia (9) and Maddie (5) Jenner accounted for 14 of Duke’s 18 draws on the day while Sheila Rietano led Boston College’s effort with seven. Olivia Jenner is third in the ACC and tied for 10th nationally (7.15) in the category heading into this week while Maddie Jenner is fourth in the conference and tied for 31st in the country (5.31).
NCAA Statistics – Draw Control Percentage
1. Duke, .675
2. Boston College, .668
3. Notre Dame, .651
4. Yale, .623
5. Dartmouth, .619
NCAA Statistics – Draw Controls Per Game
1. Massachusetts, 18.36
2. Boston College, 17.79
3. Dartmouth, 17.73
4. Northwestern, 17.50
5. Duke, 17.08
Despite being limited by opposing defenses in the last two outings, sophomore attacker Charlotte North has tallied at least one point in 18 straight contests dating back to last April.
Senior attacker Olivia Jenner has also enjoyed a strong scoring stretch, recording two or more goals in all 13 contests this season. She has posted hat tricks in back to back games, including a career-best six-goal performance against No. 4 Syracuse March 30.
Senior attacker/midfielder Ellie Majure enters Tuesday night’s game with two goals in each of the last three contests. She has finished with three points in back to back outings.
Junior attacker Catherine Cordrey has found the back of the net in five straight contests.
Double Digit Saves
Junior goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux hit double digits in the saves category for the third time this season at No. 1 Boston College, totaling 10 stops in just under 54 minutes of action.
With three saves in the March 30 tilt against Syracuse, 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 (5.73) and sixth in goalkeeper wins (16).