February 20, 2011

Duke Holds Off W&M, Improves to 3-0

from press release

DURHAM, N.C. – After building an eight-goal lead, the Blue Devils were able to weather a William & Mary run in the second half as fourth-ranked Duke hung on for a 14-11 victory Sunday afternoon at Koskinen to improve to 3-0 early in the season. The Tribe fall to 0-1 with the loss.

The Blue Devils dominated play through the first 30 minutes of the game, outshooting William & Mary 14-6 and controlling the draw 11-3, en route to an 11-3 lead with 29:18 left to play. However, the Tribe outscored Duke 8-3 to narrow the margin to three goals with just under two minutes left. A William & Mary turnover after the ensuing draw gave Duke the ball, and the Blue Devils never relinquished possession, running out the remaining time on the clock for the win.

"This was our first Friday-Sunday weekend, and I'm really happy that we came out with two wins," head coach Kerstin Kimel said. "I was disappointed that we didn't have greater presence in the second half, but I know our girls were feeling the effects of Friday night's game. It's a great weekend for us to learn and prepare for the point of the season when we have to play games in this format."

On offense, junior Kat Thomas led Duke with four goals on five shots, while seniors Christie Kaestner and Sarah Bullard scored three goals each. Redshirt freshman Maddie Salamone notched two scores and redshirt junior Emma Hamm tallied a goal and four assists as well. Senior Virginia Crotty also added a goal for the Blue Devils.

The two teams traded goals to begin the contest with Thomas able to answer two early scores by William & Mary. Crotty put the home team ahead for good at the 24:08 mark in the opening period, sparking a 9-1 Duke run over the final 25 minutes of the half to give the Blue Devils a 10-3 halftime lead.

The Blue Devils extended their lead to 11-3 with a Bullard goal 42 seconds into the second frame, but William & Mary narrowed the margin to 11-6 with a 3-0 run of its own. Thomas and Bullard answered with back-to-back Duke scores, yet the Tribe would not go away, putting together another 3-0 run to cut Duke's advantage to 13-9 before Hamm's goal with 4:31 remaining put the Blue Devils up by five.

For the game, Duke outshot William & Mary, 28-19, and won the draw control battle, 18-9. Both teams struggled to fight turnovers, as the two teams combined for 43 in the game.

Duke opens ACC play Saturday, Feb. 26, traveling to College Park, Md., to take on top-ranked Maryland at 12 p.m.

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