Duke escapes upset in OT win
Wenger scores winning goal in sudden victory overtime
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - With less than two minutes to play in regulation, the No. 3 Duke women's lacrosse team trailed Brown 11-10, but Kat Thomas came up with the game-tying goal and Kim Wenger provided the heroics in overtime as the Blue Devils eked past Brown, 13-12, at Stevenson Field. In a game that saw six ties, Duke escaped with the victory, moving to 11-2 (3-1 ACC) as Brown falls to 5-6 overall (1-3 Ivy).
Thomas finished the day with two goals, while Wenger contributed two assists and three draw controls, including two in overtime, to go along with her gamewinner. Emma Hamm and Sarah Bullard paced the Duke offense with three goals each, Virginia Crotty chipped in with two goals and Christie Kaestner added a goal and three assists. Duke outshot Brown by a 32-24 margin and won 16 draws to 13 for the Bears, but the Blue Devils were unable to put away a pesky Brown squad, which overcame a three-goal deficit in the second half.
For the second consecutive game, the Blue Devils allowed their opponent to jump out to a 2-0 lead and Duke still trailed 4-2 after nearly 15 minutes of play before a 3-0 run put the Devils on top 5-4. Hamm ignited the run with a goal off a Kaestner pass and Bullard capped it off with back-to-back goals, assisted by Kaestner and Wenger, respectively.
However, Brown would not cave in and the Bears tied the game at 5-5 and again at 6-6 heading into halftime. Duke outshot the Bears 17-9 in the opening period, but could not capitalize on the opportunities to extend its advantage.
Fifty-seven seconds in the second period, Crotty put Duke up a goal, and Kaestner followed with a score of her own nine seconds later. Hamm finished off the 3-0 run to start the half for the Blue Devils as Duke appeared to be in control of the game with a 9-7 lead early in the second stanza.
After the two teams traded goals over the next six minutes, Brown was once again able to battle back. The Bears put together a 4-0 run over the next 23:36, keeping Duke's potent offense in check for most of the second half.
Brown regained the lead, 11-10, with 13:06 left to play off a Bre Hudgins score and won the following draw. The Bears looked to extend their lead, but a pair of Mollie Mackler saves kept Duke within one. The Duke goaltender finished the day with seven saves, including several key stops in the second half.
With under seven minutes to play, Brown turned the ball over in the midfield, and Duke nearly tied the game minutes later, but Thomas' shot ricocheted off the post. Yet again, the Blue Devils were able to force a Brown miscue, regaining possession and calling a timeout with 2:50 to play. Two Devil shots failed to find the back of the net before Thomas was isolated on the left and beat the Brown goaltender to knot the score at 11-11 with just 1:19 remaining.
Wenger came up with the first draw control in overtime, leading to a Hamm tally off a Kaestner assist to give Duke the 12-11 advantage. But with 2:01 left in the first overtime period, Brown again tied the score on a Hudgins goal, and looked to go ahead once again as Alexa Caldwell received a free position opportunity with just 13 seconds left. Mackler was again up to the challenge, denying the goal and keeping the Blue Devils alive.
At the start of the sudden victory overtime period, Brown won the draw, but another Mackler save gave Duke possession. The Blue Devils wasted no time putting the Bears away as Wenger rifled the ball past the Brown goalie to end the game.
Isabel Harvey had seven saves, and Hudgins and Lindsey Minges both scored four goals to lead Brown. Grace Healy, who tied Brown's single season draw control record against Harvard, won a game-high six draw controls to set a new Brown record for draw controls in a season (51). Brown had five different players with two ground balls each, while Waterman had a team-high two caused turnovers.