They say the devil is in the details. But in Durham, the Blue Devils are in the details—and numbers.
When Duke men’s lacrosse needed a star to sneak past the Tar Heels in its final regular season matchup in Koskinen Stadium, it had three. The group defeated rival North Carolina 19-11 with a trio of Blue Devils—freshman Andrew McAdorey, junior Dyson Williams and senior Nakeie Montgomery—primarily attributable for the dominant showing. Each of the three players notched a hat trick to combine for almost half of Duke’s total offense.
Entering the second half against North Carolina, Duke men’s lacrosse was down 7-6. But 15 minutes later, the score was 14-7 in Duke’s favor. What happened in that third quarter? The Blue Devils went on an 8-0 run with six different goal-scorers contributing. That quarter saw a tight, back-and-forth contest transform into a rout, as the Tar Heels could not mount a sufficient offensive retaliation.
Though Duke women’s lacrosse fell to Notre Dame in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament, it didn’t go down without a fight—and midfielder Abby Landry led that battle. The graduate student scored five on the day—her career best. She started the Blue Devils off in scoring, grabbing her first just over four minutes into the first quarter. The Hingham, Mass., native scored two more in the second, one in the third and one in the fourth to round out her starring performance.
After its leading offensive showcase against North Carolina, Duke men’s lacrosse rounds up its goals-per-game average to 15.5—bringing the team to seventh nationally in the stat. As the Blue Devils turn their attention towards Notre Dame and the postseason, their offense will have to stay roaring to compete with their powerful ACC opponents. They have demonstrated that they are capable of scoring—and doing so a lot. The only question now will be whether that trend continues.
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Rachael Kaplan is a Trinity sophomore and an assistant Blue Zone editor of The Chronicle’s 118th volume.