April 9, 2009

Boston Next in Duke's Road Swing

from press release

DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 5 Duke women's lacrosse team will be in search of its fourth win in the last five games as it travels to take on ACC rival Boston College on Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m. at BC's Newton Campus Field. The game will be Duke's third consecutive road game.

The Eagles are 7-6 on the year, following a 13-6 loss to cross-town foe Boston University yesterday. In that game, BC was held scoreless in the first half before netting five unanswered goals in the second. Eagles keeper Katie Monaghan made nine stops in the net and Kristin Igoe had two goals to lead the way.

Jenna McCabe leads the team in both goals (32) and points (48), while Igoe has 37 points to her name on 27 goals and eight assists. Monaghan leads the conference in save percentage, saving just under 50 percent of the shots sent her way and making 120 stops.

BC is currently 0-4 in the ACC.

The Blue Devils are coming off a hard-fought 13-7 loss to No. 1 Northwestern last Friday night in Evanston, Ill. Duke had Northwestern down by its largest margin of the season as the Blue Devils netted the first three goals of the game. But the Wildcats went on the outscore the visitors, 7-2, in the second half to remain unbeaten on the season. Duke is now 9-3 (2-1 ACC) on the year.

Carolyn Davis led the team with three goals, while Lindsay Gilbride, Emma Hamm, Caroline Cryer, and Sarah Bullard each had one. Senior keeper Kim Imbesi made 10 saves, six in the second half, to keep the Blue Devils in it. In the contest, Northwestern's Hannah Nielsen became the NCAA's all-time assists leader.

Through 12 games, Davis (40g, 10a) and Cryer (30g, 20a) lead the way with 50 points each. Davis ranks third in the conference in goals per game with 3.33, while she and Cryer are tied in points per game with 4.17. Megan Del Monte is third in assists per game with 1.75.

The Blue Devils are second in the conference in six offensive categories - goals per game (15.7), assists per game (7.6), points per game (23.3), shots per game (32.8), shot percentage (.478), and shots on goal per game (26.3).

In the all-time series with Boston College, Duke is an undefeated 5-0 and won last season's game, 16-6, in Durham.

Duke will then return home for the first time in nearly a month when it hosts fourth-ranked North Carolina April 17 at 7 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium.

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