They say the devil is in the details. But in Durham, the Blue Devils are in the details — and numbers:
In Duke baseball’s 6-4 win against Boston College April 14, Andrew Fischer recorded his eighth home run of the season, breaking the freshman home run record that has stood since 1963. In his contribution to the victory, the Manasquan, N.J., native had three hits and scored two runs in five at-bats with one RBI. Since that Friday game, the freshman has added two more homers to his total, bringing him to 10 on the year. Fischer’s season has been nothing short of electric, batting .311 from the plate as he leads the team in home runs. The newly minted Blue Devil will be crucial as Duke charges toward postseason play.
The sweep is complete. Scoring 15 goals, Duke men’s lacrosse took down then-No. 3 Virginia Saturday in front of a hometown crowd. Headlined by a stellar 12-save performance from graduate goalie William Helm, the Blue Devils put in an all-around effort for the ages. Sophomore Andrew McAdorey led the scoring contingent with three goals on the day and was backed up by the likes of Owen Caputo, Tommy Schelling and Brennan O’Neill, who had two goals each. Junior Jake Naso dominated in the circle, winning 21-of-32 faceoffs while picking up nine ground balls. Despite the fact that the Cavaliers made a fourth-quarter push that sent a chill up Duke’s spine, the Blue Devils rallied defensively with seven saves in the final quarter from Helm. The victory continues Duke’s streak of 18 consecutive wins against Virginia.
After falling to Louisville Saturday 14-13 and North Carolina 13-12, Duke women’s lacrosse holds only one ACC win, a 16-8 victory against Pittsburgh. Despite the loss to the Cardinals that dampened the mood, senior Cubby Biscardi reached the milestone of 100 caused turnovers in her career, earning three on the day. Sophomore Carly Bernstein led the offensive charge with three goals to her name. She was aided by several two-goal performances, including by Caroline DeBellis, Katie Keller and Kerry Nease. Graduate phenom Maddie Jenner added her fair share to the mix with 12 draw controls on the day and a further seven against the Tar Heels, moving her to 777 all-time as the NCAA Division I leader.
In any sport, senior day is special. For No. 12 Duke men’s tennis, the opportunity to celebrate was just icing on the cake as the Blue Devils achieved a program-record 11 ACC wins Sunday in their final home matchup of the season. Defeating No. 19 Florida State 4-3, Duke secured the No. 2 seed for the ACC Championships. The Blue Devils were led by senior Garrett Johns and freshman Pedro Rodenas, who continued their undefeated doubles run in ACC play with a 6-3 win. Johns and Rodenas also contributed two singles wins along with junior Faris Khan. Duke moved on to 18-5 on the year as it vies for an ACC title in Cary, N.C., this weekend.
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Mackenzie Sheehy is a Trinity first-year and Blue Zone editor of The Chronicle's 119th volume.