No. 8 Duke earns 15-12 win over No. 14 Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Indiana – The balanced offensive effort of the eighth-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team moved them past 14th-ranked Notre Dame 15-12 on Saturday afternoon at Arlotta Stadium in South Bend, Ind.

With the win, the Blue Devils improve to 11-1 overall and 3-1 in conference and have won five straight. Duke’s 11-1 record is tied for best start in 12 games since 2015 when Kerstin Kimelit is the team reached the NCAA semi-final game.

The Blue Devils were led by a graduate student Catriona Barry with seven points on six goals and one assist. She also tallied two ground balls, two caused turnovers and toss control in her overall performance. Barry has scored at least one goal in every game this season and now has 173 career points.

Duke’s offensive power overwhelmed Notre Dame as eight different scorers showed up at South Bend. In addition to Barry, Olivia Carner added three points while Maddie Jenner and Abby Landry each scored two goals.

senior goalkeeper Sophia Le Rose was stellar between the pipes for the Blue Devils today, matching his season-high 11 saves for a .478 save percentage. She also picked up four balls from the ground.

Barry contributed to two of Duke’s three goals in the first quarter as the Blue Devils held a 3-1 lead after the first 15 minutes of action. Barry scored his first goal of the contest at 11:30 a.m. before finding redshirt junior Veronique Hineman for his eighth goal this season. With a goal lead (2-1), the junior Olivia Carner connected on his sixth base from the free position to run time in the first.

Duke was quick on offense as Maddie Jenner scored within 60 seconds in one second on a man-made opportunity, extending Duke’s lead to 4-1. DeSimone found Abby Landry for a nice flat on goal for Duke’s four-point lead, 5-1. The Fighting Irish responded with two goals in 30 seconds to make it 5-3, but Duke was unshaken. Barry showed she wasn’t just an attacking threat as she caused Notre Dame a turnover near midfield. Duke quickly transitioned and kept the Fighting Irish on their heels as Carner discovered Eva Greco for a nice feed inside to extend Duke’s lead to three, 6-3.

Barry turned defense into attack once again with his second caused turnover and went one-on-one with his defender and slotted the ball past the Notre Dame goalkeeper for a four-goal lead (7-3) with five minutes left in the half. Notre Dame scored two goals to close the half. At halftime, Duke was leading 7-5. LeRose made six saves between the posts as Duke outscored Notre Dame 22-18.

DeSimone found the back of the net at 11:10 in the third quarter to push Duke’s lead to 8-5 before Notre Dame responded with their own goal (8-6). After the media timeout, the Fighting Irish made it a one-point game, 8-7, with 5:37 left in the third. Barry scored his third goal this afternoon, giving him a hat trick in every game this season. She ducked behind the net as time expired on the shot clock and buried a shot to give the Blue Devils the two-goal advantage. Both teams connected on free position attempts in the last minute, marked by Landry’s second goal of the game for a 10-8 lead going into the final 15 minutes.

The one-two punch was on display to start the fourth as DeSimone found Barry for his fourth today before another quick score from Barry to give Duke a four-goal (12-8) lead with less than nine to play. Jenner lost her defender at the top of the circle and scored her second goal of the afternoon as Duke captured its biggest lead of the outing, 13-8. Notre Dame converted four of the next five goals, but the Blue Devils never let the Irish close en route to the 15-12 triumph.

Duke’s defensive unit was huge in the final minutes of the contest as Notre Dame knocked on the door. LeRose landed his 11th save of the day as Notre Dame had two good looks in the back of the net, but couldn’t find a response.

Notre Dame was led by Madison Mote with seven points, while goaltender Bridget Deehan caught nine saves.

Duke has a quick turnaround for a Tuesday contest at Liberty. The opening draw is scheduled for 3 p.m., on ESPN+ in Lynchburg, Va.

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