DURHAM, N.C.– Winners of four consecutive contests, including a double overtime victory at Louisville Sunday, 15th-ranked Duke pays a visit to No. 8 Penn Saturday. The non-conference matchup will be broadcast on ESPN+ from the Quakers’ Franklin Field. Penn (6-1) suffered its first setback of the season Wednesday at No. 2 Maryland.
Following Saturday’s action, the Blue Devils return to Durham to host Davidson Monday at 4 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
Duke is 4-1 this season against non-conference opponents.
No. 15 Duke at No. 8 Penn
Saturday, 12 p.m. l Philadelphia, Pa. – Franklin Field
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The series between Duke and the Quakers is even at 5-5 all-time. Trailing by just one at halftime, Duke was unable to keep pace with Penn in the second period, falling 15-11 in the teams’ meeting last March at Koskinen Stadium. Despite controlling the draw by a 17-11 margin and receiving 10 saves from goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux, the Blue Devils struggled to match the Quakers on the offensive end over the final 18 minutes. Olivia Jenner corralled eight draws against the Quakers and Maddie Crutchfield added five and led all Blue Devils with three goals.
Penn dropped its first contest of the season in a 14-9 loss at No. 2 Maryland Wednesday. The Quakers and the Terrapins had entered the contest as two of the nation’s eight remaining unbeaten teams. Penn held the upper hand in draw controls against the Terrapins, led by seven draws from Chelsea Kibler.
Gabby Rosenzweig headlines the attack with 38 points (15g, 23a) and leads the Ivy League in assists and points. Goalkeeper Mikaila Cheeseman is the national leader in save percentage (.622). The Quakers top the Ivy League and rank third nationally in scoring defense (6.67).
The Blue Devils are 32-21 all-time against teams from the Ivy League.
No. 15 Duke vs. Davidson
Monday, 4 p.m. l Durham, N.C. – Koskinen Stadium
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The Blue Devils own a 13-0 ledger historically against the Wildcats. Senior attacker Kerrin Maurer won a career-high nine draw controls and joined teammates Brigid Smith, Kitty Morrissey, Maddie Crutchfield and Katie Trees in scoring two goals each as fifth-ranked Duke downed Davidson 13-6 March 31, 2015 at the Wildcats’ Richardson Stadium. The Blue Devils moved to 11-1 on the season with the non-conference victory in that matchup, the last between the teams.
Davidson also dropped its first contest of the season this week, falling 9-8 to William & Mary Thursday to enter the weekend at 6-1. The Wildcats and the Blue Devils have two mutual opponents to date, with both squads facing Elon and William & Mary.
The Wildcats entered the week leading the Atlantic 10 and ranked third nationally in scoring defense (6.83 gaa). Davidson was also top 10 in the country in scoring margin (7.06). Delaney Guhman ranked among the top three goalkeepers nationally in goals against average (8.58). Braeden Dial (16g, 5a) leads the squad with 21 points and Gianna New (14g, 3a) owns 17 points while Sarah Kopp has a team-high 31 draw controls.
The Blue Devils own an all-time record of 33-2 against teams from the Atlantic 10.
National Honors for North
Sophomore attacker Charlotte North was named the Brine/US Lacrosse Player of the Week Monday following her performance in the Blue Devils’ overtime victory at Louisville. North notched a hat trick for the seventh time in as many contests this season. The Dallas, Texas native buried a pair of free position shots coming out of halftime and tied the contest at 10-10 with 58 seconds remaining in regulation. She came through in the clutch again in the second overtime period, collecting a ground ball off a missed shot and firing it into the back of the net for the game winner.
Showing no signs of slowing down in her sophomore season, North paces the Blue Devils with 36 goals and 15 assists.
North (Category) ACC Rank – NCAA Rank
Goals Per Game (5.14) – 1 – 2
Assists Per Game (2.14) – 5 – 24
Points Per Game (7.29) – 1 – 1
FPG Percentage (.643) – 3 – 28
Coming Through in the Clutch
Sophomore attacker Charlotte North delivered her seventh goal of the day in dramatic fashion, sending Duke to an 11-10 overtime victory at Louisville last Sunday. Following one scoreless overtime period of six minutes, North collected a rebound and put it away a minute and a half into a second overtime period, giving the Blue Devils their second overtime win in as many ACC contests this season.
Senior Ellie Majure buried a Catherine Cordrey pass 31 seconds into overtime to send Duke past Virginia Tech, 11-10, in a thrilling ACC opener Feb. 23 at Duke’s Cohan Fields.
The Duke program is 9-9 all-time in overtime contests.
Cadoux’s Career-High Day
Junior goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux recorded a career-high 12 saves last Sunday at Louisville, making eight stops in the second half as Duke rallied to tie the contest in regulation. Cadoux hit double digits in saves for the second time on the season after recording 10 in the overtime victory against Virginia Tech Feb. 23.
Cadoux’s performance against the Cardinals moved her close to the 200-save mark for her career with 192 saves in 33 career contests. That total ranks her seventh all-time at Duke. Cadoux enters the weekend ranked third in the ACC and top-25 nationally in goals against average (8.83).
Sophomore Charlotte North and senior Olivia Jenner are both approaching the 100-goal mark for their careers, entering the weekend with 95 and 91 tallies, respectively. Only 17 players in program history have surpassed the 100-goal milestone, with 2018 graduate Kyra Harney (142 goals) among the most recent to accomplish the feat.
Both Jenner and North hit the 100-point mark for their careers already this season, with Jenner doing so in the season opener and North reaching the century mark March 1 against William & Mary. North also became one of just seven players in program history to reach the century mark in points in her second year. She is the quickest player in program history to 100 career points, reaching the milestone in only 22 contests.
Against Ranked Opponents
With a Feb. 23 overtime win against then-No. 23 Virginia Tech, the Blue Devils improved to 20-29 against ranked foes since 2015.
Scheduling the Best
Three of Duke’s upcoming opponents are currently ranked inside the top 10 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association national poll, including this weekend’s opponent in No. 8 Penn. The Blue Devils are also set to face No. 4 Syracuse and No. 5 Virginia in the next two weekends.
Duke remained top-15 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll this week, as well as in national polls released by Inside Lacrosse and US Lacrosse Magazine.
The Blue Devils are supporting Lace Up with LAX by hosting a shoe donation drive Monday at Koskinen Stadium. Fans attending the contest are asked to bring a new or gently used pair of children’s shoes to be donated to the Durham Rescue Mission organization. Donation boxes will be placed near the ticket booth at the Bassett Drive entrance to the stadium. All fans who bring a pair of shoes to donate will receive free admission to the contest.
Monday also marks 90s Night at Koskinen, with special 90s promotions planned. The Duke Marketing staff will be giving away Duke Lax scrunchies at the Marketing Table and also playing all the 90s musical hits.