DURHAM- The No. 8 Duke women’s lacrosse team hosts East Carolina (4-0) Monday at Koskinen Stadium in its last non-conference game for a few weeks. The opening draw is scheduled for 5 p.m., on ACCNX.
Monday marks the fifth meeting between the Blue Devils and the Pirates as Duke owns a 4-0 lead in the all-time series. The two met in 2021 with Duke winning 16-4 in Greenville. Duke is coming off five decisive wins to start the 2022 season and is averaging a nation-leading 22.40 goals per game.
A LOOK BACK
After another powerful offensive performance, the eighth-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team earned a 20-4 victory over Wofford on Thursday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. With the win, the Blue Devils improve to 5-0, their best start since 2015 when Duke finished the season 16-5 (5-2 ACC) and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals.
As proven all season, Duke scored fast and furiously as the national leader in scoring offense. The head coach Kerstin KimelThe team received contributions from 12 different Blue Devils. Duke has scored 20 or more goals in five games this spring. Offensively, Duke was led by a graduate student Catriona Barry with six points from five goals and one assist as a senior Maddie Jenner added three goals. In five games, Duke had 112 goals and 59 assists for 171 points. Their 22.40 goals per game and 33.60 points per game rank first nationally.
Duke has proven to be scoring fast and furious this start to the season and has received goal contributions from 18 different players. Not only do they score in clusters, but the Blue Devils also share the ball well with 59 assists from 112 goals, led by Eva Greco and Olivia Carner with 10 each.
IN SEARCH OF PIRATES
Monday marks the fifth meeting between the Blue Devils and the Pirates as Duke owns a 4-0 lead in the all-time series. The two met in 2021 with Duke winning 16-4 in Greenville. East Carolina is 4-0 this season and recently beat George Mason, 16-10.
The Pirates are led by Caroline Kimel with 21 points (9G, 12A). Caroline is the daughter of Duke’s head coach Kerstin Kimel. Megan Tryniski also has 17 points (10G, 7A) on the offensive end. Defensively, Alexandra Giacolone paces the Pirates with 10 balls on the ground and seven turnovers. East Carolina’s leading goaltender with 120 minutes between the posts is Brynn Knight. She has an average of 8.00 and a save percentage of 0.484.
HEY, I KNOW YOU
The head coach Kerstin KimelCaroline’s daughter, is a junior on the East Carolina team. The two teams have met every year since Carolina’s freshman year in 2020. This season, she leads the team as a forward with 21 points (9G, 12A) and has six rushed balls and two caused turnovers . East Carolina head coach Amanda Moore previously spent five years as an assistant coach under Kerstin Kimel at Duke. Moore was named the first head coach in program history on June 27, 2016.
Looking ahead, Duke opens its conference slate on Sunday, March 6 against No. 3 Syracuse. The opening draw is scheduled for noon at the Carrier Dome.
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