May 3, 2009

Duke Nets 22 Again, Steamrolls Dartmouth

from press release

DURHAM, N.C. - Scoring 22 goals for the second time this season, the No. 4 Duke women's lacrosse team used hat tricks from four different players to cruise to a 22-8 victory over 16th-ranked Dartmouth Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. The game closed out the regular-season slate for the Blue Devils, who will await their selection to the 2009 NCAA Championships announced this evening between 10 and 11 p.m. on the CBS College Sports Network.

The win moved Duke to 14-5 on the season and a dominating 8-1 at home. Dartmouth is now 8-8 on the year.

The Blue Devils honored the program's seven graduating players - Jess Adam, Caroline Cryer, Carolyn Davis, Megan Del Monte, Christina Germinario, Kim Imbesi, and Jessica McBride.

"It was just the best way we could go into the tournament with this being our last dry run," said Adam, who finished with three points on one goal and two helpers. "At the beginning of the game I was very emotional, but [head coach Kerstin Kimel] reminded us to take every moment in and play and enjoy it, and I did that. We have a lot of season ahead of us."

Duke was paced by Cryer's four-goal effort in today's game, while the senior added three assists for seven points on the day. Lindsay Gilbride had three goals and four assists for seven points, followed by Del Monte with three goals and two assists, and Davis with three goals and one assist. Imbesi stopped five shots in over 42 minutes of action, which was followed up by freshman Mollie Mackler's five saves of her own as she played the remaining 17:12 in the cage.

Dana Brisbane led the Big Green with three goals.

The 22-goal output was Duke's highest of the season after they also scored 22 against Vanderbilt on March 11. The Blue Devils have now scored 20+ goals four times this season.

The Blue Devils opened the day on a 7-0 run, which included goals from five different players and two each for Cryer and sophomore Sarah Bullard during Duke's opening surge. Dartmouth was held off the scoreboard until 8:50 remained in the first half when Colleen Olsen sent a free position shot past Imbesi for the Big Green's first goal. Two of Dartmouth's three first-half goals came via the eight-meter shot.

After Olsen's first one, Dartmouth made a mini-run of its own, scoring three-straight between 8:50 and 5:56 in the opening frame. But Duke made sure to answer back, netting the next six in a row - including three from Gilbride during the final 5:16 of the half - to take a commanding 13-3 into the break.

Duke continued its offensive explosion with five more in a row after halftime to cap an 11-0 run. The half opened with a goal for Del Monte just under a minute in, as she took a pass from Gilbride to build the lead to 11 goals. Cryer then scored Duke's next two - one of them a behind-the-back tally - before Davis and freshman Kim Wenger kept the run going with goals as Duke built its largest lead of the game at 15 with 23:00 on the clock.

Dartmouth scored the next two - goals for Olsen and Brisbane - before Christie Klauberg and Christie Kaestner answered to move the lead back to 15 at 20-5 with 8:44 to go. Dartmouth would add three more in the last 7:29 of play but the Blue Devils guarded the 14-goal win as time expired.

Duke fired 30 shots to Dartmouth's 25, and picked up a collective 21 ground balls. The Blue Devils won the draw, 17-15, and went 2-2 on free position chances.

A total of 11 Duke players found the scoring column on Sunday, including sophomore Klauberg - whose unassisted goal with 11:11 left in the game was the first of her career.

"I am so proud of our girls for the effort they gave today - coming off of exams and playing three games in four days last weekend," said Kimel. "I am really pleased with how well we practiced this week and the way we focused. We're looking forward to a couple of much-needed days off, and then we will start preparing for whoever our first-round opponent will be."

The Blue Devils will learn their postseason fate this evening, as the selection committee will announce the 16-team field for the 2009 NCAA Championships between 10 and 11 p.m. on the CBS College Sports Network. The bracket will also be posted on immediately following the show.

The Blue Devils are 13-12 all-time in NCAA Tournament play. In 2008, Duke advanced to the national semifinals for the fourth straight year with wins over Georgetown and Maryland, before falling, 9-8, to the University of Pennsylvania in overtime on May 23.

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