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Duke women's lacrosse faces a hot Davidson

Concluding a three-game road swing, No. 9 Duke heads to Richardson Stadium Wednesday for a non-conference game against Davidson at 6 p.m.

The Wildcats (9-5) are now on a seven-game winning streak after starting the year 2-5. The Blue Devils (9-4) are coming off a 12-4 loss to No. 4 Northwestern, their first loss to a non-conference opponent after winning their first seven.

Davidson features a potent offense that averages 13.4 goals per game while its defense yields just 7.9. Emily Cooke leads the offense with 71 points though is primarily a distributor with a team-high 45 assists to go along with her 26 goals. Ann Fucigna paces the team in goals with 46. In goal, Jessica Melby owns a .474 save percentage.

Melby’s counterpart is Blue Devil freshman goaltender Kelsey Duryea, who has a 9.4 goals against average and 5-3 record as a starter. She has earned her keep between the pipes by posting a .524 save percentage.

Duke’s offense has four players with at least 20 goals: Makenie Hommel, Kerrin Maurer, Taylor Trimble and Brigid Smith. With 34 goals and seven assits, Hommel has the team’s post while Maurer has a team-high 21 assists.

This is Duke’s penultimate match of the regular season before the season finale Saturday at home against Ohio State.

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