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.
Kevin M. Neibauer.
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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.
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.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.