Sportswrap is your one-stop shop for everything Duke athletics, where we’ll recap how each of Duke’s sports currently in competition performed over the last week and give a brief look ahead. Here’s our recap for the week of April 24-30.
No. 2 Duke took care of business Saturday afternoon against No. 15 Syracuse, clinching the conference title outright after Virginia downed Notre Dame Sunday afternoon. Behind a flurry of goals from senior attacker Dyson Williams and junior attacker Brennan O’Neill, who combined for 13 points, the Blue Devils (12-2, 5-1 in the ACC) survived an early fourth-quarter scare to escape as 18-15 winners and very possibly lock up the top seed in the NCAA tournament. Before then, however, Duke closes its season on Long Island against Merrimack College in Bethpage, N.Y., Sunday at 1 p.m. -Andrew Long
Duke’s season ended Wednesday afternoon with an emphatic 15-9 loss to No. 1-seed Boston College in the ACC tournament quarterfinals. The ninth-seeded Blue Devils (8-10, 1-8) found themselves at a deficit just one minute into the contest as Jenn Medjid scored her first of four goals. One goal was all it took, as Duke trailed the Eagles for the remaining 59 minutes of play. Six Blue Devils split the offensive workload and Sophia LeRose and Madison Drebing once again split time between the pipes. With a sub-.500 record, Duke is ineligible for the NCAA tournament, ending its unexpectedly subpar season. -Rachael Kaplan
The 16th-ranked Blue Devils continued their hot streak, picking up three more ranked wins this week to make their record 9-1 in their last 10 games. After taking a midweek matchup against No. 8 Campbell on the road, Duke (31-13, 14-9) traveled to Virginia to take on the 11th-ranked Cavaliers. The offense exploded for 17 runs in Friday’s game, and after dropping game two of the series 10-2, the Blue Devils secured their third-straight ranked weekend series by winning the rubber match 7-3. Junior Alex Stone continued his dominance at the plate, belting a home run in each of the three games against Virginia. Duke will take the week off for finals before taking on Longwood in a doubleheader Sunday. -Dom Fenoglio
The seventh-ranked Blue Devils swept Pittsburgh in a three-game series this weekend in their regular-season finale. Duke (43-9, 19-5) was led at the plate by graduate student Deja Davis, who went 5-for-9 in the Saturday doubleheader with two home runs. Freshman pitcher Cassidy Curd was dominant from the circle, earning strikeouts on three of the last four outs in Friday’s contest to get the 4-3 win before taking down 10 Panthers in Saturday’s second game. She improves to 14-1 on the year after setting a program record as the first freshman to reach 100 strikeouts in the Blue Devils’ 4-3 loss to Longwood Wednesday. Duke now awaits its seed for the ACC tournament, which will take place from May 10-13 in South Bend, Ind. -Mackenzie Sheehy
Track and field
Duke split in two this weekend to send athletes to compete near and far, at the Charlotte Invitational and the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. The former saw 17 top-five finishes while the latter saw nine. In tune with its performances all season, the women’s 4x400m relay team zoomed through its event at the Penn Relays, this time breaking the all-time ACC record in a knockout 3:27.14. The Blue Devil men stepped up their game, too, breaking a record of their own in the mile relay, clocking 16:14.67 to beat out the standing program record. Next up, Duke takes on the ACC Championship May 11 in Raleigh. -Sophie Levenson
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