DURHAM, N.C. – Duke hosts the ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship for the third time in program history, welcoming the tournament to Koskinen Stadium April 26-29. The Blue Devils finished 2-5 against conference opponents this spring to earn the tournament’s No. 6 seed. Duke takes on No. 3 seed Virginia Tech (12-5, 5-2 ACC) in Thursday’s last quarterfinal contest.
All seven tournament games will be broadcast on the ACC’s Regional Sports Network and on ACC Network Extra.
NO. 6 DUKE VS. NO. 3 VIRGINIA TECH
Thursday, 8 p.m. l Durham, N.C. – Koskinen Stadium
RSN l ACC Network Extra l Live Stats
• Duke enters Thursday’s quarterfinal matchup with a 19-2 advantage in the all-time series with the Hokies, though Virginia Tech has claimed each of the past two meetings.
• A late rally by the Blue Devils fell short in a 17-14 loss to the Hokies Feb. 24 in Blacksburg. Senior Grace Fallon paced the attack with seven points - including a career-high five assists - in the high-scoring affair. Senior Maddie Crutchfield and freshman Charlotte North both registered hat tricks while junior Olivia Jenner won 12 of the Blue Devils’ 18 draw controls on the afternoon.
• Virginia Tech secured the No. 3 seed in the ACC Championship with a 16-12 defeat of Virginia last Saturday. The Hokies topped their in-state rival for the first time since 2012.
• Head coach John Sung’s squad has set a program record with 12 victories this spring.
• Paige Petty headlines the Virginia Tech attack with 52 points (46g, 6a), while Tristan McGinley owns 44 points (41g, 3a). McGinley (79) and Petty (55) are also two of the team’s leaders at the draw, along with teammate Kelly Glatthorn (44).
• Goalkeeper Meagh Graham enters the tournament with a 10.73 goals against average and a .417 save percentage.
Duke in the ACC Championship
• Under the direction of head coach Kerstin Kimel, the Blue Devils are 11-20 all-time in the ACC Championship, 5-3 in the quarterfinal round and 1-0 when facing Virginia Tech.
• Duke is playing as the No. 6 seed for the first time.
• The Duke program is hosting the tournament for the third time overall and first time since 2012.
• The Blue Devils own one ACC title, which came in 2005.
Blue Devils in ACC Championship Contests
• Senior attacker Kyra Harney leads all current Blue Devils with seven points (4g, 3a) in five career ACC Championship contests. Junior attacker Olivia Jenner owns six points (3g, 3a) and senior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield four (3g, 1a).
• Jenner has also logged 21 draw controls in three ACC Tournament appearances while Crutchfield has filled the stat sheet during her career with six ground balls, seven draw controls and two caused turnovers.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux made nine saves in last year’s ACC quarterfinal matchup against North Carolina.
• Tickets for the 2018 ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship can be purchased in advance at goduke.com/tickets or at Koskinen Stadium each day of the tournament.
• For parking and other tournament information, please reference the ACC Championship A-Z Guide.
Four Blue Devils Tabbed All-ACC
• Duke featured four student-athletes on the 2018 Women’s Lacrosse All-ACC teams, as announced Wednesday by the conference office. Senior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield, sophomore defender Callie Humphrey, junior attacker Olivia Jenner and freshman attacker Charlotte North were selected to the all-conference second team following a vote of the league’s eight head coaches.
• Crutchfield garnered All-ACC recognition for the third time in her career while Humphrey, Jenner and North were first-time selections to the all-conference squads.
By the Numbers
1 - Duke’s national rank in draw controls per game (17.33) behind the efforts of ACC leader and draw specialist Olivia Jenner
2 - Points needed by rookie attacker Charlotte North to break Duke’s freshman points record of 54, set by Katie Chrest in 2003
46 - Draw controls accumulated by freshman midfielder Catriona Barry to rank third on Duke’s freshman chart
27 - Duke’s spot in the latest NCAA RPI rankings
1 - Previous ACC Tournament meeting between Duke and Virginia Tech - an 18-7 victory for the Blue Devils in 2008
Jenner Putting Together Solid Stretch
• Junior attacker Olivia Jenner has racked up 25 draw controls over the past three contests, but has also stepped up her scoring contributions as of late.
• In Duke’s April 15 contest at No. 21 Notre Dame, Jenner turned in a team-high three goals and two assists. She then matched her career high with four goals and tacked on one assist last Saturday at No. 5 North Carolina.
• Jenner enters the ACC Championship ranked second on the team in points (42) and goals (30), having reached career highs in both categories. She is also third on the squad with 12 assists.
Blue Devils Unmatched at the Draw
• Duke continues to lead the country in draw controls per game, entering Saturday’s contest averaging 17.33 per outing. The Blue Devils are outdrawing opponents by a 260-157 margin and are 7-6 this season when winning the draw.
• Duke’s lineup features three players with 40 or more draw controls for the first time since the 2007 season, when Caroline Cryer (66), Rachel Sanford (44) and Allie Johnson (40) were all over the mark. The Blue Devils are one of four ACC teams with three players at or over the 40-draw control mark for the year.
NCAA Division I Statistics – Draw Controls Per Game
1. 17.33 – Duke
2. 17.13 – Navy
3. 16.50 – Maryland
4. 15.94 – Boston College
15.94 – Stanford
ACC Teams Featuring Three Players with 40+ Draw Controls
Duke – Jenner (127), Barry (46), Crutchfield (44)
Virginia – Jackson (90), Mueller (67), Behr (58)
Virginia Tech – McGinley (79), Petty (55), Glatthorn (40)
Syracuse – Merola (46), Cross (40), Defliese (40)