DURHAM, N.C. – The Blue Devils were unable to contain third-ranked Boston College’s high-powered attack in an 18-8 loss to the Eagles on a rainy Saturday at Koskinen Stadium.
Duke, ranked 15th in the latest Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association national poll, slipped to 7-5 on the season and 2-3 in ACC play.
Boston College (14-0, 5-0 ACC) 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.
“I don’t think we handled the weather well and I don’t think we handled Boston College’s pressure very well,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “They did a good job of challenging us and pushing us, and I felt like there were times we didn’t have a lot of places to go with the ball.”
Cronin got the scoring started for Duke but the Eagles were quick to jump out to a 4-1 advantage. Two wins at the draw resulted in a pair of markers by freshman midfielder Catriona Barry and Landry that narrowed the margin to one. However, five unanswered by Boston College put the score at 9-3 midway through the half.
A Kyra Harney goal at the 13:13 mark broke up the Eagles’ run. The senior co-captain then followed with an assist on a Barry tally, with the assist marking the 200th point of her career. Harney became only the 10th player in program history to reach the milestone.
Duke’s defensive unit forced Boston College into the second of its four shot clock violations on the day before the Eagles fought back for three more goals before the end of the half, giving the visitors a 12-5 lead at the intermission.
“In the first half, our shooting percentages were high,” Kimel said. “But we struggled to really clear the ball. When we turned the ball over, they capitalized. I don’t think we particularly handled that well. We let them create momentum off of our mistakes.”
Landry opened the second period with a score 19 seconds in, but Boston College stretched the margin to double digits with four straight goals – including two by Arsenault.
Cronin and the Eagles’ Taylor Walker then traded tallies over the final 10 minutes to account for the final score.
For the contest, Boston College held a 39-19 advantage in shots and led, 20-11, in ground balls. Draw controls were even at 14 apiece while the Eagles committed 19 turnovers to 22 by the Blue Devils amid poor weather conditions.
Saturday marked Duke’s inaugural “It Takes A Team – Duke WLax for DCI” game, celebrating a partnership with the Duke Cancer Institute. To learn more about the partnership or to make a donation to the cause, click here.
The Blue Devils step out of conference play for a matchup with No. 25 High Point Monday at 6 p.m. at the Panthers’ Vert Stadium. The contest will be streamed on ESPN3.