DURHAM, N.C. – The 12th-ranked Blue Devils step back into ACC play Sunday, hosting fourth-ranked Notre Dame at 12 p.m. from Koskinen Stadium. The conference contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Duke enters the weekend fifth in the ACC standings with a 2-3 ledger while the Irish sit third at 4-2.
No. 12 Duke vs. No. 4 Notre Dame
Sunday, 12 p.m. l Durham, N.C. – Koskinen Stadium
ACC Network Extra l Live Stats
Sunday marks the 18th all-time meeting between the squads with the Blue Devils holding an 11-6 advantage in the series. The Irish are winners of the past three meetings, including in last April’s matchup in Indiana. Trailing 6-1 at the intermission, Duke flipped the script on Notre Dame in the second half but came up just short in a 10-9 loss to the Irish at Arlotta Stadium. The Blue Devils outscored Notre Dame 8-4 in the second half, tying the contest at 7-7 and 9-9, but could not answer a final tally by Savannah Buchanan of the Irish with 31 seconds remaining.
Jamie Lockwood and Gabbe Cadoux combined for 11 saves in the net, with Lockwood taking over in the 21st minute. Callie Humphrey also contributed to the defensive effort with three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Offensively, the Blue Devils were led by Olivia Jenner’s three goals and two assists and two tallies each from Catherine Cordrey and Charlotte North.
Fourth-ranked Notre Dame featured eight different goal scorers in a 20-1 defeat of Butler Wednesday to improve to 12-2 on the spring.
The Irish led the ACC in several statistical categories this week, including in scoring defense (6.79), scoring margin (9.00), ground balls per game (20.36) and caused turnovers per game (12.00). Notre Dame is second nationally in draw control percentage (.665) behind Duke (.671). Andie Aldave is the conference leader in draw controls per game (8.36) and owns 49 points on the season (34g, 15a). Maddie Howe has a team-high 59 points (42g, 17a) while goalkeeper Samantha Giacolone paces the league in goals against average (7.19).
The Blue Devils are 56-52 all-time in regular season ACC contests following last weekend’s loss to No. 1 Boston College.
In response to this week's devastating disaster in downtown Durham, Duke Athletics is offering free admission to all first responders and their families for all events this weekend.
Young Blue Devil fans are invited to take part in a postgame Easter Egg Hunt at Morris Williams Track & Field Stadium, located adjacent to Koskinen Stadium (weather permitting).
A parking and traffic alert is in effect for home athletics events this weekend and Duke Reunions Weekend. General public parking for Sunday’s contest will be available in the Science Drive Garage, with general public accessible parking available in the Whitford Lot.
All Eyes on the Draw
After edging top-ranked Boston College at the draw last weekend, the Blue Devils face another test Sunday as the nation’s top two draw control percentage teams face off.
Senior Olivia Jenner is third in the ACC and 10th nationally (7.21) in draw controls per game heading into the weekend while freshman Maddie Jenner is fourth in the conference and 22nd in the country (5.79). The Irish feature the ACC leader in draw controls per game in Andie Aldave (8.36).
Duke is 8-5 this season when winning the draw.
NCAA Statistics – Draw Control Percentage
1. Duke, .671
2. Notre Dame, .665
3. Boston College, .651
4. Yale, .624
5. Dartmouth, .619
NCAA Statistics – Draw Controls Per Game
1. Boston College, 18.93
3. Massachusetts, 18.36
4. Dartmouth, 17.73
5. Northwestern, 17.50
Duke Races Past ECU with Strong Second Half
The Blue Devil defense held East Carolina without a tally for the final 27 minutes in regulation to propel Duke to a 22-9 victory at the Pirates’ Johnson Stadium Tuesday evening.
Eleven different Blue Devils found the back of the net, contributing to a season-high scoring output for the squad. Sophomore attacker Charlotte North led the way with seven tallies and added two assists while senior Olivia Jenner also notched a hat trick and senior Ellie Majure, sophomore Abby Landry and freshman Maddie Jenner chipped in two goals apiece.
The 22-goal total was the highest by a Duke team since the Blue Devils scored 25 against Elon in 2014.
Home Sweet Home
After playing four of its last five contests on the road, the Blue Devils return to Koskinen Stadium, where they boast a 5-1 ledger this spring. The Duke program is 76-27 at Koskinen since the 2009 season.
Grueling ACC Stretch Continues
In the midst of a tough slate of ranked opponents, the Blue Devils return home to host the nation’s fourth-ranked team in Notre Dame. Duke also faces No. 6 North Carolina next weekend in Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils are coming off of matchups against No. 8 Virginia, No. 4 Syracuse and No. 1 Boston College in the previous three weeks.
Duke moved up one spot to No. 12 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll this week and remained at No. 12 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
Sophomore attacker Charlotte North poured in seven goals and added two assists Tuesday night at East Carolina to give her at least one point in 19 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 14 contests this season. She has posted hat tricks in three consecutive games, including a career-best six-goal performance against No. 4 Syracuse March 30.
Senior attacker/midfielder Ellie Majure enters Sunday’s contest with two goals in each of the last four outings. She has finished with three points in three straight games. Junior attacker Catherine Cordrey has found the back of the net in six straight contests and sophomore midfielder Abby Landry has strung together three consecutive contests with multiple tallies.
Veteran Defensive Front
Senior defenders Michelle Staggers and Charlotte Tucci have both reached career highs in ground balls and caused turnovers this season. Tucci currently leads the squad with 15 caused turnovers on the spring. Junior defender Callie Humphrey owns a team-best 30 ground balls and ranks sixth in the ACC in ground balls per game (2.14). She is approaching the century mark in the category with 86 ground balls for her career. Sophomore Natalie Kahn rounds out Duke’s experienced defensive front and had two caused turnovers Tuesday at East Carolina.
Scanning the Season Record Books
With a nine-point performance Tuesday night, sophomore Charlotte North surpassed her 2018 scoring total after breaking Duke’s freshman goals record a year ago (59). She enters the week with 64 goals to tie for third on the program’s single season chart and ranks fifth in the single season record book with 85 points this spring.
Senior attacker Olivia Jenner’s 101 draw controls in 14 contests rank her fourth on Duke’s single season list. She owns the Blue Devils’ single season record with 149 draw controls last season. Freshman attacker Eva Greco’s 11 assists tie her for 12th on Duke’s freshman records chart.
Sister, Sister Connection at the Draw
Sisters Maddie and Olivia Jenner have teamed up to win 52 of Duke’s 64 draw controls in the last three outings. The sister duo has combined for 182 of the Blue Devils 265 draws this season (69 percent).
Olivia Jenner topped the 100-draw control mark for the season with eight against the Pirates. She has surpassed 100 draw controls in each of her four seasons and established Duke’s single season record with 149 draws last spring. Olivia is the only player in program history to surpass 100 draw controls in all four of her seasons.
Maddie Jenner has totaled 81 draw controls so far as a rookie to trail only sister Olivia (110) on the freshman draw records chart.
North Among Nation’s Best
Showing no signs of slowing down in her sophomore season, Charlotte North continues to rank among the national leaders in scoring this week. Duke’s attack ranks seventh in the country in scoring (16.07 gpg) and Notre Dame’s attack ninth (15.79 gpg).
NCAA Division I Leaders – Goals Per Game
1. Alyssa Parrella, Jr., Hofstra – 4.85
2. Sam Apuzzo, Sr., Boston College – 4.71
3. Charlotte North, So., Duke – 4.57
4. Risa Mosenthal, So., Brown – 4.36
5. Siena Gore, So., Kennesaw State – 4.17
NCAA Division I Leaders – Points Per Game
1. Kelly Larkin, Jr., Navy – 6.23
2. Sam Apuzzo, Sr., Boston College – 6.21
3. Charlotte North, So., Duke – 6.07
4. Kenzie Kent, Sr., Boston College – 5.86
5. Alyssa Parrella, Jr., Hofstra – 5.85