February 9, 2014

Duke Women Hang On to Top Louisville, 14-11

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Duke Recap

DURHAM, N.C. – Junior Kerrin Maurer recorded her second hat trick in as many games, netting five goals to lead No. 6 Duke to a 14-11 victory over Louisville Sunday afternoon in non-conference action at Koskinen Stadium.

With the score knotted at 10-10 early in the second half, the Blue Devils (2-0) tallied four goals in the final 15 minutes of the contest and held up strong on the defensive end to pull away from the Cardinals (0-1).

"We have a lot of different people who can score," said head coach Kerstin Kimel. "It's early in the year, and I'm pleased that we're scoring so much and that it's so balanced. But today's game looked like a second game of the year. Our possessions weren't awesome. Our poise on offense was not as good as it should be. We certainly have a lot of good things to work on coming out of this game."

Louisville converted on two free position opportunities to start the game, propelling the visiting squad to a 4-0 advantage within the first five minutes of play. Senior Sydney Peterson got Duke on the board at the 23:09 mark, finishing inside on a pass from Maurer. After a counter by the Cardinals' Faye Brust, Maurer helped spark a 7-1 scoring run to put the Blue Devils up 8-6 heading into the intermission. A native of Setauket, N.Y., Maurer registered four of her five goals on the day during the streak while Peterson and juniors Chelsea Landon and Erin Tenneson also added scores.

Defensively, junior Gabby Moise limited Louisville leading scorer Nikki Boltja to just one goal during the 15-minute span.

At the half, the two teams were tied in shots with 14 apiece. Duke held a slight 8-7 advantage at the draw while Louisville was leading the ground ball battle, 8-6.

Freshman Hayley Shaffer found the back of the net for the second-straight game, scoring an extra-man goal on an assist from Maurer to open the second half. The two squads then traded markers, with the Cardinals adding two more on free position opportunities, including one by Brust to knot the game at 10-10 with 19:15 remaining.

Duke answered by locking down defensively and taking control at the draw, powering the offense to a pair of goals by Tenneson and Landon. After the Cardinals' Boltja recorded her fifth of the day to push it back to a one-goal margin, the Blue Devils tacked on two more scores to secure the 14-11 victory.

"We knew Louisville is a really tough team and we knew they're really well-conditioned," Peterson said. "We just tried to run them as hard as we could in the ride and really take it to them on offense. And I think our defense did a really great job of being scrappy."

Maurer, who notched a career-high six-goal performance Friday against Elon in the season opener, now has 11 goals and five assists through two games. Landon, Peterson and Tenneson all finished the day with two goals, while Shaffer and sophomores Maddy Acton and Kelci Smesko accounted for one each.

Junior Taylor Virden once again paced the Blue Devils at the draw, collecting five wins there to go along with two ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea posted 11 saves against 27 shots taken by Louisville to move to 2-0 between the pipes. The Cardinals' Ashley Herbst finished with six saves in the loss.

Overall, Louisville registered 27 shots to 23 by Duke and picked up 14 ground balls to 12 by the Blue Devils. Draw controls were even with both teams winning 14 each. Duke also went 11-of-12 on the day in clearing attempts while holding the Cardinals to a 9-of-13 clearing performance.

"Louisville can score, they're very good on the draw and I think they'll be a great addition in terms of lacrosse to the ACC next year," Kimel said. "It was a good early test ... We definitely learned what we need to do better and what we need to do more of and less of. It gives us a great road map going into next week."

Following the successful opening weekend at home, the Blue Devils will hit the road next weekend, traveling to Richmond Friday, Feb. 14 for a 5 p.m. contest before facing William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m.

Louisville Recap

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Nikki Boltja had a team-high five goals, including the Cardinals' fourth unanswered goal to open the game, but the University of Louisville women's lacrosse team was unable to sustain its scoring and dropped its season opener at No. 6 Duke 14-11 on Sunday in Durham, N.C.

Louisville (0-1) showed little hesitation in facing a top-10 team to begin its seventh season in school history. Not only did the Cardinals' defense hold the Dukes, which scored 25 in its season opener, without a goal for the first seven minutes of the game, but they rallied a 4-0 run over a three-minute stretch.

Senior Colleen O'Malley registered her lone goal to begin the game, and Faye Brust and Cortnee Daleyeach added scores to push Louisville's lead to three. Boltja capped the spurt at four with her first goal.

Kaylin Morissette and Monica Negron continued with one of their strengths from the 2013 campaign on the draw. Morissette won two of her game-high seven draw controls in that timeframe, while Negron secured one of her five during Louisville's unanswered run.

The Blue Devils (2-0) responded with a goal from Sydney Peterson on a feed from Kerrin Maurer before Louisville's Brust found the back of the net for her second time in the game.

Duke then showcased its scoring attack, recording the next six goals for a 7-5 lead. Over that time, Maurer recorded three goals and Peterson added her second of the game.

Boltja, Louisville's leading scorer and All-American from a season ago, stepped in and stopped the run with her second score to bring the Cardinals within one at 7-6. Maurer, though, added one of Duke's final two goals of the half to give the Blue Devils a 9-6 lead at the break.

The second half opened with Duke extending its lead, but the Cardinals answered with four of the game's next five goals, including Brust's contest-tying goal at 10 apiece. The junior connected on one of Louisville's four free-position goals with 19:15 remaining. Anna Kopeckatallied her first Louisville goal on a free-position shot during the run.Duke regained the lead with consecutive goals over a three-minute span for a 12-10 advantage. Boltja's fifth goal cut the deficit to one at the 8:52 mark, but the Blue Devils secured the win by holding Louisville scoreless and adding to additional scores.

Louisville's defense finished with nine caused turnovers, led by Leslee Hefner's game-high three. She also registered four ground balls.

Duke's goalkeeper, Kelsey Duryea, ranked in the top-10 nationally last year in save percentage and made 11 stops for the win.

Louisville returns to action with its home opener on Feb. 16. First draw against Detroit at the UofL Lacrosse Stadium is set for 1 p.m. ET.

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