DURHAM- The No. 6 Duke women’s lacrosse team is set for back-to-back road competition this weekend. The Blue Devils face William & Mary on Friday at 4 p.m., before a 1 p.m. game against High Point on Sunday.
Friday marks the 23rd meeting between the Blue Devils and the Tribe as Duke holds a 19-3 record and has won 19 straight. Duke takes on High Point for the fifth time and leads the all-time series 3-1. Duke faced both opponents in 2021.
A LOOK BACK
Duke’s women’s lacrosse team opened the 2022 roster in dominant fashion with two wins. Duke beat Gardner-Webb (22-3) and Elon (25-5) to move two places to sixth in the IWLCA weekly rankings.
In two games, Duke scored 47 goals and held their opponents to just eight. Duke has proven to score fast and furious this start to the season and has received goal contributions from 15 different players. Not only do they score in clusters, but the Blue Devils also share the ball well with 28 assists from 47 goals, led by Eva Greco with six. Second year Katie DeSimone produced two outstanding performances on the attacking front for the Blue Devils. The Bay Shore, NY native had 13 goals and an assist for 14 points on .650 shooting percentage. She also caught four ground balls and caused a turnover.
SCOUT THE TRIBE
Friday marks the 23rd meeting between the Blue Devils and the Tribe. Duke holds a 19-3 record and has won 19 games in a row. William and Mary are 1-1 at the start of the season. La Tribu beat Villanova (14-13) last weekend and lost to Richmond (19-10) on Tuesday night. The tribe is led by Lauren Russell with eight points (6G, 2A) and Belle Martire with seven points (5G, 2A). Goaltender Elise Palmer has played the full two games so far and has already racked up 28 saves for a .467 save percentage between the posts.
LOOK AT HIGH POINT
Duke takes on High Point for the fifth time and leads the all-time series 3-1. The Panthers are coming off a 12-8 loss to Davidson. The 2021 campaign saw the Panthers win the Big South Tournament and qualify for the NCAA Tournament. In a game, the Panthers are led by Abby Hormes with four goals and five balls on the ground. She was named Big South Offensive Player of the Week after the game as she became the conference’s all-time leading scorer with 213 goals. Hormes was named the Big South’s pre-season player of the year, with High Point picked to finish first in the league.
DESO COMPLETING STATISTICS
Second year Katie DeSimone produced two outstanding performances on the attacking front for the Blue Devils. The Bay Shore, NY native had 13 goals and an assist for 14 points on .650 shooting percentage. She also caught four ground balls and caused a turnover. Last season, the ACC All-Freshman team winner scored 25 goals and is on track to surpass that this spring.
THE QUEEN OF DRAW CONTROL
Senior Maddie Jenner returns to the circle in 2022 as arguably the sport’s best in the draw. She was named the All-America preseason winner by Inside the butt and USA Lacrosse Magazine after having a very successful junior campaign.
Jenner was spectacular last weekend, drawing 31 in two games. In Duke’s win over Elon, Jenner notched a career-high 19, surpassing her previous 16. She also has four points (3G, 1A) this season.
During her career, she amassed 402 total ties as the NCAA’s active career leader in the nation in draw control per game (8.24). She needs 111 draw checks to become Duke’s all-time draw check leader, which is currently owned by her sister, Olivia.
Looking ahead, Duke returns to Koskinen Stadium on Thursday, Feb. 24 against Wofford and Monday, Feb. 28 against East Carolina.
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