Duke Women Improve to 13-1

The #7 Duke Lady Blue Devils (13-1, 4-1 ACC,) welcomed the #16 Ladies of Virginia (6-7, 2-4 ACC) to Koskinen Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.

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A seven goal explosion proved to be the difference in the 13-8 Duke victory.

To the Action

Duke came out and claimed a 2-0 lead with graduate student, Catriona Barry (1g,2a) hitting for her 50th at 13:44.

At 8:59, another grad student, Abby Landry (3g,1a) started her big day with help from Anna Callahan and Duke went up by a pair

Unimpressed, Virginia put up three tallies supplies by, Morgan Schwab (2g,1a), Junior, Kiki Shaw (3g) and Kate Miller (1g) accounting for her 17th to end the opening stanza with Virginia holding a 3-2 lead.

Second Stanza

Things opened up in the second with a combined eight goals and domination from Duke

Virginia pushed their run to four goals when Shaw hit for her 13th unassisted with 2:16 played

Katie DeSimone cut it to 4-3 with her first of four goals in the quarter.

Sophomore, MacKenzie Hoeg (1g,1g) picked it right back up for Virginia to get it to a 5-3 lead.

DeSimone (44th) buried a nice pass from Lexi Schmalz (1a) before Ashlyn McGovern (1g,1g) answered for Virginia.

Barry found DeSimone at 3:01, Landry added her 14th fifty five seconds later with DeSimone ending her prolific quarter and the half and a 7-6 Duke lead.

The Run Keeps Going

The third quarter saw the Duke run reach seven and 4-0 whitewashing

DeSimone (4g,1a) became playmaker setting up Maddie Jenner (1g), Landry, Katie Keller (1g) and Anna Callahan (1g, 1a) bringing the third to a close with Duke holding an 11-6 edge. The Barrage came in just over 18:00.

To the Fourth

Virginia fought back with Shaw and Morgan Schwab a minute and a half apart to get it to a three goal difference.

Duke laughed it off with Landry setting up Olivia Carner (1g) followed by Caroline Debellis (1g) potting her 12th from a sweet feed from Barry to get the final, 13-8.

Inside the Numbers:

• DeSimone gathered her 100th in just her 33rd game.

“I’m just so proud of her [DeSimone], She’s a pure scorer but I think more importantly, she’s a hard worker who cares so much. A little tough on herself at times, but she works so hard all over the field for us … not just scoring goals but in the ride and helping to facilitate our offense. [I’m] super proud of her.” Duke Head Coach, Kerstin Kimel.

• Shots went the way of Duke, 27-20 as did Shots on Goal, 22-17.

• Turnovers had Virginia with 18 and 17 for Duke.

• Duke also won the ground ball battle, 18-16.

• Ashley Vernon had 8 saves while collecting 6 ground balls in the Virginia cage

• Sophia Ketose stopped P for Duke

• MacKenzie Hoeg forced 8 turnovers.

Duke Women Improve to 13-1.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.