DURHAM, N.C. — Featuring a balance offensive attack that saw 10 players score goals, the fourth-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team built a substantial halftime lead en route to a 19-12 victory against No. 18 Princeton Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
Duke moves to 4-1 overall after handing Princeton its first loss of the 2011 season. The Tigers fall to 2-1 on the year with the loss.
Leading the way for the Blue Devils was redshirt junior Emma Hamm with three goals and two assists as the Wayne, Pa., native also added four ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers. Seniors Christie Kaestner and Virginia Crotty also tallied three goals each, while junior Amanda Jones and sophomores Jackie Klauberg and Makenzie Hommel chipped in with two goals apiece.
“I’m happy with the outcome,” head coach Kerstin Kimel said. “This was a week where could focus on us getting better, and a lot of the things we worked on in practice came into play today. We had to make some adjustments on the fly during today’s game, but I’m pleased with how we responded.”
Duke would never trail in the contest and the Blue Devils’ balanced offense was evident from the opening draw as six different Duke players scored in the opening 11 minutes to give the Devils an early 6-2 lead. Redshirt freshman Maddie Salamone notched an unassisted goal with 18 minutes remaining in the first half to spark a 6-0 Duke run to close out the period, culminating in a Jones score at the 5:03 mark.
The Blue Devils dictated the tempo in the first half, leading Princeton in shots (25-14), draw controls (10-6) and ground balls (10-9) as Duke entered the intermission with a comfortable 12-3 margin.
Despite the deficit, Princeton refused to quit and used a 14-2 advantage in draw controls during the second half to outscore the Blue Devils 9-7 in the final stanza. The Tigers scored two quick goals early in the half, but Duke was able to match the visiting team’s effort with goals from Crotty and Kaestner. The two squads traded goals the rest of the way until Duke pulled ahead 19-9 with 3:51 remaining. Three unanswered Tiger tallies over the last 2:39 of play brought the final score to 19-12 in favor of the Blue Devils.
“I’m disappointed we didn’t do a better job on the draw in the second half,” Kimel added. “That is something we’ll have to work on moving forward. I thought Princeton was more aggressive in the second half, and I would’ve like to done a better job of containing them at the end of the game. But overall, we had 10 people score and five kids assist, so there were a lot of good things to take away from this game. We’re looking forward to spring break, to working on us and to getting better.”
For the game, Princeton was led by Lizzy Drumm with six goals and Charlotte Davis with three. Duke outshot the Tigers 38-31 overall, but Princeton was able to win the draw, 20-12.
Junior Mollie Mackler started in cage for the Blue Devils and made 10 saves in the win.
Duke will remain at home for a bout with Vanderbilt Wednesday, March 9 at Koskinen Stadium. Opening draw is slated for 6 p.m.