March 20, 2009

Duke Drubs Canisius in Inaugural Meeting

from press release

DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 5 Duke women's lacrosse game scored 20 goals for the second game in a row and the third time in the last four games, exploding past MAAC opponent Canisius by a count of 20-1 Friday evening at Koskinen Stadium.

It was the first meeting between the teams in their histories. Duke is now 8-2 on the year as the Griffins fall to 4-6. Duke is a perfect 6-0 at home this season.

Duke got four goals from senior Caroline Cryer and a hat trick from Carolyn Davis. Sophomore Virginia Crotty netted her first two goals of the season, and Morgan Miller, Sarah Bullard, and Kat Thomas also scored twice for the Blue Devils. Megan Del Monte, Lindsay Gilbride, Kim Wenger, Bridget Nolan, and Christie Kaestner all added one goal. Nolan's goal was the first of her career for the freshman. Davis has now scored in 31 straight games.

"It was nice for the starters get in there and do their thing and build a nice lead, and also good for us to get in and play and be able to work the ball like we did," said Crotty. "I thought we really settled and were patient. It was good being out there with everyone, and I think we were able to get more confident as the game went on."

Duke built a 13-0 lead in the contest before Canisius got on the scoreboard for the first time at the 11:44 mark in the first half - an unassisted goal for leading scorer Chelsea Martinez.

Cryer netted the first goal of the game, one of her four first-half tallies. The first came on a fake from the left side to put Duke up 1-0. Davis netted two of Duke's next three to give the 4-0 edge, before Gilbride took a pass from Cryer as she waited on the right side and fired the shot past the keeper. Cryer then scored the next three in a row as Duke went up 8-0.

The Blue Devils led 15-1 at halftime after Bullard scored with 33 seconds left in the first frame off a pass from Miller. The Blue Devils tacked on five more after the break as they were able to work in the entire roster. Miller scored twice in the second to go along with her assist and finish with three points, a season-high. Nolan's first career goal came with 3:23 remaining, a pass from Crotty to make it 20-1, where it stayed.

"I am really pleased with the total team effort we had from one end of the field to the other," said head coach Kerstin Kimel. "I was happy with the way the defense held them to one goal and also the way the offense was patient and diligent, working through our offenses and looking for the best opportunity."

Canisius' one goal was its lowest output this season and is the second time Duke has limited an opponent to one in a game, also doing so March 26, 2005 against Stanford.

The Blue Devils will now hit the road for three straight road games, first taking on nationally-ranked Virginia March 28, followed by a trip to No. 1 and four-time defending champs Northwestern and a trip to ACC rival Boston College. Duke will next play at home April 17 versus North Carolina.

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