March 19, 2011

No. 3 Duke Women Down No. 18 Dartmouth for Fifth Straight

from press release

DURHAM, N.C. – Nine different Blue Devils scored goals as the third-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team opened with a 9-0 run to earn a 15-7 decision over No. 18 Dartmouth Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.

Duke (8-1, 1-1 ACC) dominated the first half, limiting Dartmouth (3-2) to one goal on five shots while tallying nine goals over the first 26:30. The Blue Devils’ defense kept the Big Green off the scoreboard for the majority of the opening period as Dartmouth went without a goal until just over a minute remained in the opening stanza. The second half was a closer affair with both teams scoring six goals, but Dartmouth was never able to trim the Duke lead to fewer than seven the remainder of the way.

"I am so proud that our team came out and delivered such a tough performance on the day in which we were honoring 'Sweet Meg' and her family," head coach Kerstin Kimel said. "Our team has battled and grown tremendously through this stretch and we look forward to a few very deserved days off before we begin preparing for our next stretch of games."

Senior Christie Kaestner, who finished with three goals and two assists, opened the scoring for Duke two minutes in and freshman Molly Quirke found the back of the cage on a free position shot 30 seconds later to ignite the Duke run. With the goal, Quirke has tallied at least one score in each of the past four games to total seven on the season.

After taking a 5-0 lead at the 17:04 mark, redshirt junior Emma Hamm recorded back-to-back scores, both assisted by Kaestner, to give Duke a seven-goal margin. Hamm finished the day with a game-high six points on five goals and an assist, pushing her team-leading goal total to 27 on the year.

Duke concluded the run with tallies from Kaestner and classmate Virginia Crotty before Dartmouth’s Kat Collins ended the first half and the Blue Devils’ streak with 1:08 left in the half. Both Crotty and junior Amanda Jones finished the day with a goal and two assists for the Blue Devils.

The Big Green’s Greta Meyer opened the second stanza with an unassisted tally as Dartmouth looked to generate some momentum, but two goals from Hamm and a tally from freshman Taylor Virden put the game out of reach. Three unanswered goals from Dartmouth cut the Duke advantage to seven with 11:25 to play, but the Big Green would come no closer the rest of the way.

Dartmouth’s offense was paced by Liz Calby and Kirsten Goldberg with two goals each, while freshman goaltender Kristen Giovanniello recorded 13 saves. In net for Duke, junior Mollie Mackler posted seven saves in the win.

Following the game, Duke recognized the family of Meg Wasley, a close friend of the program, in a post-game ceremony as part of “Meg’s Game,” to honor the life and memory of Wasley. The Blue Devils held a silent auction as well to raise money for the Duke Children’s Hospital in remembrance of Wasley.

Next week kicks off a four-game road swing for the Blue Devils, starting with a 1 p.m. game against Virginia on Saturday, March 26 in Charlottesville, Va. Duke will also travel to Northwestern, Boston College and Brown before returning home April 15 to face North Carolina.

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