GREENVILLE, N.C. – Duke’s defense held East Carolina without a tally for the final 27 minutes in regulation to propel the 12th-ranked Blue Devils 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.
Olivia and Maddie Jenner paced Duke (9-5) to an overwhelming 25-7 advantage at the draw, with Maddie corralling 12 draw controls and Olivia eight.
The Pirates matched a couple of early goals by the Blue Devils and, following a three-goal spurt by the Duke, fought back within one at 5-4. Four different Blue Devils contributed to another scoring run in response, with North tallying her fourth of the evening midway through the opening half.
Duke later stretched the margin to seven behind two Landry markers and one each by Olivia Jenner and Majure, but the Pirates would cut it to 13-8 heading into the intermission.
The Blue Devils continued to dominate at the draw in the second half, fueling a 4-1 run that put the score at 17-9. Anchored by sophomore Chase Henriquez between the pipes, Duke’s defensive unit held the Pirates without a goal for the final 26:55 on the clock, enabling the offense to wrap up the contest with nine unanswered tallies.
On the evening, the Blue Devils recorded 39 shots to 16 by ECU and led in ground balls, 16-9. Duke also totaled 11 caused turnovers, with freshman attacker Eva Greco recording three and sophomore defender Natalie Kahn two.
Emma Bowman led ECU’s scoring effort with four goals and goalkeeper Christina White made seven stops for the Pirates in the loss.
After playing four out of its last five contests on the road, Duke returns home Sunday to host No. 4 Notre Dame in ACC action at Koskinen Stadium. Opening draw is slated for 12 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.