CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The sixth-seeded Blue Devils marched into the ACC Championship semifinals with a thrilling 14-13 victory over third-seeded Notre Dame Wednesday evening at Alumni Stadium. Head coach Kerstin Kimel’s squad advanced to a semifinal meeting with second-seeded North Carolina Friday at 8 p.m. on RSN and ACC Network Extra.
The Blue Devils and Tar Heels will square off for the second time in a six-day span, as the teams last met in the April 20 regular season ACC finale in Durham.
North Carolina reached the semifinal round with a 19-9 defeat of seventh-seeded Virginia Tech Wednesday. The winner of Friday night’s contest will face the winner of a semifinal matchup between top seed Boston College and No. 4 seed Syracuse.
No. 6 Duke vs. No. 2 North Carolina – ACC Semifinals
Friday, 8 p.m. l Chestnut Hill, Mass. – Alumni Stadium
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The Blue Devils suffered a 19-5 setback to third-ranked North Carolina in the April 20 ACC regular season finale at Koskinen Stadium, giving the Tar Heels a 24-14 lead in the all-time series between the schools. Senior attacker Olivia Jenner led Duke with three goals and nine draw controls while junior goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux recorded 10 saves in the loss. Jamie Ortega finished with a game-high eight points for North Carolina on six goals and two assists and Katie Hoeg supplied two markers and five assists.
Second-seeded North Carolina turned in an impressive offensive showing in Wednesday’s 19-9 defeat of the Hokies. The Tar Heels moved to 13-3 on the season with the quarterfinal win. Sophomore Jamie Ortega broke a pair of tournament records with eight goals and 12 points and teammate Katie Hoeg added a tournament single-game record with six assists. Ortega owns a team-high 90 points on the season (66g, 24a) while Hoeg is second on the squad with 83 points (27g, 56a). The attack duo both garnered All-ACC recognition earlier this week, along with Tar Heel goalkeeper Taylor Moreno, defender Emma Trenchard, midfielder Gianna Bowe and defender Charlotte Sofield.
Senior attacker Olivia Jenner has totaled 12 goals, two assists and 54 draw controls in seven career contests against North Carolina to lead all current Blue Devils. Jenner registered nine draws in last week’s regular season meeting. Junior goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux owns 28 saves in four career appearances against North Carolina following a 10-save performance in last Saturday’s loss to the Tar Heels. Senior defender Michelle Staggers has recorded five ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers against North Carolina in her career.
Duke in the ACC Championship
With Wednesday night’s quarterfinal victory over the Irish, the Blue Devils improved to 12-21 all-time in the ACC Championship and 1-1 when playing as the No. 6 seed. Duke is 5-13 historically in the semifinal round and 4-7 in the tournament when facing North Carolina. The Duke program is 1-1 now all-time in tournament contests played in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and 6-4 in first round contests. The Blue Devils own one ACC title, which came in 2005.
Tewaaraton Nominee Nod with Olivia Jenner
Fresh off of a six-goal, four-draw control performance in Wednesday evening’s thrilling ACC quarterfinal victory, senior attacker Olivia Jenner was named one of 25 women’s nominees for the 2019 Tewaaraton Award Thursday. After being selected to the 2019 All-ACC First Team earlier this week, Jenner was selected a Tewaaraton nominee for the first time in her career. She was named to the award watch list as a junior last season.
Duke Upends Irish in ACC Quarterfinals
Senior Olivia Jenner buried what would prove to be the game-winning goal – her sixth tally of the evening – inside the final five minutes of a thrilling 14-13 ACC quarterfinal victory over Notre Dame Wednesday evening. Jenner and sophomore Charlotte North combined for 10 goals and junior goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux bolstered the performance with nine saves as sixth-seeded Duke (10-7) advanced to the tournament semifinals for the first time since 2016. Senior defender Charlotte Tucci and sophomore midfielder Catriona Barry registered three ground balls each as Duke took the category, 13-12, and Humphrey added a team-best two caused turnovers. The Irish led in draw controls, 15-14, and shots for the contest, 30-26, though both teams placed 22 shots on goal.
North Adds Season Scoring Record to Resume
Sophomore Charlotte North’s four goals in the thrilling quarterfinal victory over the Irish marked yet another milestone for the Dallas, Texas native. The four tallies put her at 72 for the spring, breaking Duke’s season scoring record of 71 previously held by former Blue Devil All-American Caroline Cryer (2007).
North is on the verge of another program season record, needing just three points to tie and four to break 2005 Tewaaraton Award winner Katie Chrest Erbe’s mark of 96.
A second team All-ACC selection again this spring, North is 14th all-time at Duke in career goals (131) and tied for 17th in career points (157). She owns the Blue Devils’ single-game points (11) and goals (8) records and last year set the program’s freshman goals record with 59 tallies.
Duke Single Season Record – Points
1. Katie Chrest (2005), 96
2. Charlotte North (2019), 93
3. Kristen Waagbo (2007), 90
Duke Single Season Record – Goals
1. Charlotte North (2019), 72
2. Caroline Cryer (2007), 71
3. Katie Chrest (2005), 70
Duke’s attack duo of senior Olivia Jenner and sophomore Charlotte North combined for 10 tallies in the quarterfinal upset of the Irish Wednesday night. It marked the fourth time on the season Jenner and North have teamed up for double-digit tallies. North notched her team-leading 14 hat trick of the season in the performance while Jenner collected her 11th hat trick of the year. Jenner also matched her career high with six goals on the night. Either Jenner or North has led the Blue Devils in scoring in all but one contest for the spring.
10-Goal Games – Olivia Jenner and Charlotte North
4/24 vs. #6 Notre Dame (W, 14-13) – Jenner 6, North 2
4/9 at ECU (W, 22-9) – Jenner 3, North 7
3/1 vs. William & Mary (W, 19-3) – Jenner 3, North 7
2/17 at #7 Northwestern (L, 20-21) – Jenner 5, North 5
Cadoux Coming Up Big Between the Pipes
With 30 saves over her last three outings, junior goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux has had a strong finish to the month of April. She posted nine stops in the quarterfinal win over the Irish. Cadoux and sophomore goalkeeper Chase Henriquez combined for a season-high 16 saves in the April 14 meeting with Notre Dame. Cadoux then hit double digits in the category again last Saturday evening against North Carolina, finishing with 10 stops in 55 minutes of action. All five of Cadoux’s double-digit saves performances this spring have come against conference opponents.
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, boasting 242 in 41 career contests. A native of Ellicott City, Md., Cadoux is also eighth all-time at Duke in saves per game (5.90) and sixth in goalkeeper wins (18).
Bedeviling Opponents at the Draw
Sisters Maddie and Olivia Jenner continue to headline Duke’s draw control dominance, combining for 10 of the Blue Devils’ 14 draws in Wednesday night’s win.
Olivia Jenner’s 118 draw controls in 17 contests rank her second on Duke’s single season list. She owns the Blue Devils’ single season record with 149 draw controls last season. Maddie Jenner is fifth in single season draw controls with 88. That total ranks her second behind sister Olivia (110) in Duke’s freshman record book.
The Blue Devils are 8-6 this season when winning the draw. Duke ranked among the national leaders in the category once again this week and enter Friday’s matchup averaging 17.8 draw controls per game.
Duke held a 16-10 advantage at the draw in the regular season matchup with the Tar Heels behind nine from Olivia Jenner and one from Maddie.