Duke is set for No. 2 Boston College

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DURHAM- Duke Women’s Lacrosse (14-1, 5-1 ACC) is set for its final home game of the regular season on Saturday. The Blue Devils take on No. 2 Boston College (13-1, 5-1 ACC) Saturday at 1 p.m., on ACCNX. Ben George and Debbie Taylor will be on the call.

OPENING DRAW

Duke and Boston College meet for the 20th time in program history as the Blue Devils lead the all-time series 14-5. The Eagles captured the bottom three and are playing Durham for the first time since 2018.

LOOKING BACK

The seventh-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team earned a 15-14 road win over Virginia Tech on Thursday night in Blacksburg, Va. With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 14-1 overall and 5-1 in the ACC. Duke’s record is its best start in 15 games since 2006 when head coach Kerstin KimelThe team reached the NCAA semi-finals. Duke was led offensively by Katie DeSimone and Abby Landry with five and three goals respectively. Thursday marked back-to-back hat-tricks for Landry as Catriona Barry had a career-high six assists. DeSimone and defender Cubby Biscardi paced the defense with three ground balls each.

SEARCHING FOR EAGLES

The Eagles enter Saturday’s contest as one of the best in the nation, their only loss then coming to No. 2 North Carolina (15-16) in March. Offensively, Boston College is led by Charlotte North (63g, 13y), Jenn Medjid (50g, 13y), Caitlynn Mossman (26g, 21y) and Belle Smith (30g, 15y). Their offense is second in the nation (17.79) behind Duke. Goaltender Rachel Hall has appeared in 13 games and has an 8.64 GAA and .404 save percentage between the posts. The Boston College defense is ranked sixth nationally. Saturday will feature two of the country’s top draw control specialists – Maddie Jenner and Charlotte North. Jenner leads the nation and has 189 total draw checks to 97 for North, who is ranked 14th.

THE LAST TIME WE MET

Duke and Boston College meet for the 20th time in program history as the Blue Devils lead the all-time series 14-5. The Eagles captured the bottom three and are playing Durham for the first time since 2018. In the 15-17 setback, the Blue Devils were trailing Catriona Barry with four goals while Olivia Carner collected two points from a goal and an assist. Goalkeeper Sophia Le Rose had eight saves in the 60 minutes.

FAST FURIOUS

In 15 games, Duke had 270 goals and 127 assists for 397 points. His 18.00 goals per game and 26.40 points per game rank first and second nationally. Duke has proven to score fast and furious this season and has had contributions from 21 different players. Not only do they score in clusters, but the Blue Devils also share the ball well, assisting on almost half of their goals with 127 assists from 270 goals, led by Catriona Barry (32) and Katie DeSimone (22).

BEST START SINCE

Duke is 14-1 (5-1 ACC) this season and putting in one of its best performances in recent history. Duke’s record is its best start in 15 games since 2006 when head coach Kerstin KimelThe team reached the NCAA semi-finals. A win Saturday would be Duke’s best 16-game record in program history.

NEXT

Looking ahead, Duke will close out the regular season Thursday at No. 1 North Carolina. The opening draw is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

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