Duke Upsets Boston College to Boost NCAA Hopes

Maddie Crutchfield had two goals and four assists to help rally Duke to a 15-12 upset victory at No. 14 Boston College on Saturday. The Blue Devils improved to 7-6 while winning in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time in six tries this season.

Duke, which has made it to 19 consecutive NCAA tournaments, gave its 2017 resume a significant boost with its second road victory over a Top 20 team in the last 10 days. The Blue Devils won at Elon last Wednesday. Duke heads to Northwestern next Saturday for a game with big playoff implications for both teams.

On Saturday, Boston College scored the first three goals of the game and maintained a lead throughout the first half. Duke scored the first two goals of the second half and then finally took its first lead of the game at 10-9 on a Kyra Harney goal with 18:35 remaining.

Boston College (10-5, 2-4 ACC) answered with a Kaileen Hart goal with 13:08 to tie the game before Crutchfield assisted on back-to-back goals for Ellie Majure and Harney and Duke led for the remainder of the game.

Gabbe Cadoux, a freshman from national high school power McDonogh (Md.), made her third straight start in goal for the Blue Devils and recorded 11 saves, six of them coming in the second half. Boston College failed to make a save in the second half.

Grace Fallon and Catherine Cordrey each had three goals for Duke and Olivia Jenner had two goals to go along with eight draw controls.

Hart led Boston College’s offense with three goals and two assists and Laura Frankenfield also had a hat trick. Before today’s loss, the Eagles had won four of their last five games with the only loss coming in a two-goal setback at defending national champion North Carolina.

McCool Sparks UNC Comeback Over Louisville

North Carolina junior midfielder Marie McCool had a career-high seven goals as the No. 2 Tar Heels got past No. 20 Louisville 15-11. The Team USA player also added an assist to match her career-high of eight points set in this year’s season-opening win against James Madison.

The Tar Heels, who took a bus to Louisville on Friday after their flight was cancelled, got off to a slow start, falling behind 7-3 on Meghan Silverson’s goal with 6:46 left in the opening half. McCool then ripped off three straight goals in a span of just 2:23 to cut Louisville’s lead to 7-6 af the half.

After UNC (12-1, 5-0 ACC) had tied it early in the second half, Silverson gave Louisville an 8-7 lead with 22 minutes left, but North Carolina then scored six straight goals to swing the game. McCool had four of those goals, including the first three.

Molly Hendrick added four goals for UNC and Caylee Waters made nine saves in 55 minutes of action. Silverson and Hannah Koloski each had three goals for Louisville (10-5, 2-3 ACC) and Brittany Read made 14 saves.


Marie McCool set a career-high with seven goals and scored three straight goals on two separate occasions to help No. 2 North Carolina rally for a 15-11 victory at No. 20 Louisville.

Penn State Rallies Past Virginia

Penn State senior goalie Cat Rainone made a career-high 14 saves as the No. 6 Nittany Lions overcame a four-goal first half deficit to beat No. 15 Virginia 12-8.

The Cavaliers (7-7) scored four straight goals, two of them by Maggie Jackson, to take a 6-2 lead with eight minutes left in the first half. Steph Lazo and Katie O’Donnell then scored late in the half for Penn State (13-1) to cut the Virginia lead to two at the break.

O’Donnell and Abby Smucker scored the first two goals of the second half for Penn State to equalize the game at 6-6. Avery Shoemaker scored to put Virginia back in front, but Penn State ripped off three straight goals and then ended the game on another three-goal run.

O’Donnell led Penn State with four goals and Smucker added two goals and two assists. Shoemaker, Jackson and Kasey Behr all had two goals for Virginia and Rachel Vander Kolk made 12 saves.

In other top 20 games on Saturday:

• Freshman Kali Hartshorn had six goals as No. 1 Maryland improved to 13-0 with a 20-8 win at Rutgers.

• No. 3 Florida scored the first 16 goals of the game and four Gators scored their first collegiate goals in a 19-2 win over Cincinnati.

• Kylie Ohlmiller had a goal and seven assists as No. 4 Stony Brook overwhelmed Binghamton 20-4.

• Catherine Ellis scored all four of her goals in the second half as No. 7 Cornell edged Brown 11-8. Ellis had two goals in four-goal spurt for the Big Red in the second half after Brown had pulled to within 5-4.

• Olivia Hompe had five goals and Colby Chanenchuk had five assists as No. 8 Princeton dominated Harvard 20-5. The 15-goal margin of victory was the biggest in the 43-year history between the two Ivy Leauge schools.

• Michaela Michael had seven goals and Gussie Johns made eight saves as No. 10 USC beat San Diego State 15-3.

• Elizabeth Behrins had five goals and two assists as No. 18 Denver downed Marquette 18-12.

Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Top 20 Scoreboard

No. 1 Maryland 20, Rutgers 8
No. 2 North Carolina 15, No. 20 Louisville 11
No. 3 Florida 19, Cincinnati 2
No. 4 Stony Brook 20, Binghamton 4
No. 6 Penn State 12, No. 15 Virginia 8
No. 7 Cornell 11, Brown 8
No. 8 Princeton 20, Harvard 5
No. 9 Penn 17, Dartmouth 6
No. 10 USC 15, San Diego State 3
Duke 15, No. 14 Boston College 12
No. 18 Denver 18, Marquette 12

Nike/US Lacrosse Division II Top 20 Scoreboard

No. 1 Adelphi 19, Merrimack 1
No. 3 LeMoyne 14, No. 11 New Haven 11
No. 4 Florida Southern 19, Tampa 6
No. 7 Limestone 23, Chowan 3
No. 8 Queens (N.C.) 20, Lenoir-Rhyne 7
No. 9 NYIT 16, St. Thomas Aquinas 3
No. 10 Regis (Colo.) 18, Saint Leo 12
No. 14 Mercyhurst 13, Millersville 11
No. 15 Pace 21, Saint Anselm 9
No. 16 West Chester 10, No. 20 Slippery Rock 8
No. 17 Wingate 21, Newberry 8
No. 18 Molloy 17, Queens (N.Y.) 7
Indiana (Pa.) 9, No. 19 Bloomsburg 8

Nike/US Lacrosse Division III Top 20 Scoreboard

No. 2 Franklin & Marshall 18, Bryn Mawr 0
No. 5 William Smith 12, Union 7
No. 6 Middlebury 15, Bates 7
No. 7 TCNJ 8, Montclair State 3
No. 9 Gettysburg 18, Swarthmore 0
No. 10 York 18, Southern Virginia 1
No. 11 Cortland 12, Fredonia 7
No. 12 Bowdoin 16, Connecticut College 12
No. 13 Catholic 22, Susquehanna 10
No. 14 St. John Fisher 15, Houghton 1
No. 15 Salisbury 19, Frostburg State 5
No. 16 Colby 8, Amherst 3
No. 17 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 13, Redlands 7
No. 18 Hamilton 10, No. 19 Tufts 6
No. 20 Wesleyan 11, Williams 6

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