Duke Women Move on With 17-12 Victory

The Johns Hopkins Lady Blue Jays (10-9) bid a tearful farewell to longtime Coach, Janine Tucker.

Tucker, after 29 years, 14 NCAA Championship Tourneys and a 313-130 record has decided that enough is enough and retired after the 17-12 defeat handed over to the Duke Lady Blue Devils in first round Women’s NCAA action.

Kevin M. Neibauer.

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To the First:

Duke and John’s Hopkins net up in College Park, Maryland with Duke never trailing in this one. Abby Landry (1g,3a) stole the spotlight in the opening 15:00 minutes. Landry was the catalyst on markers from Katie DeSimone (4g) at 13:36 followed with Katie Keller (3g,3g) denting the twine just fifty eight seconds later. Landry (1g,3a) potted one of her own at 9:58. Duke continued pressuring with Catriona Barry setting up DeSimone for her 57th to push it to a 4-0 game. Madison McPherson (3g) threw water on the Duke run but, Barry (1g,3a) countered just thirty seven later. Shelby Harrison (2g,1a) hit on the advantage for Duke answered by Abby Hurlbrink (3g) for the Blue Jays to end the opening quarter.

After One, Duke in front, 6-3.

One Down, Three to Go:

The Duke offense was finding their happy place and would extend the lead with a big second stanza. Eva Greco (1g,1a) hit net at 14:33 and the score fest was on. Maeve Barker (2g) with Hurlbrink complimenting ten ticks later, cut it to a two goal differential. All that did was annoy the Devils with Olivia Carner netting her first of four, Caroline DeBellis (1g), and Landry doing the work for the 25th for Landry. Barker once again threw cold water on the Duke uprising but, Duke heated back up with three tallies in the final twenty five seconds supplied by, Maddie Jenner (2g), Carner with her 29th, both on the advantage and topped off by Jenner putting home her 30th.

At the half, 13-6 Duke.

Onward:

The sense of urgency kicked in for Hopkins with McPherson (32nd), Bailey Cheetham (1g), and Hurlbrink working it down to a four goal Hopkins disadvantage. Duke would put down their notebooks and counter courtesy of DeSimone and Garner. Hopkins wasn’t going away that easy and an advantage goal off the stick of Georgie Gorelick (1g,1a) closed the third.

End of Third, 15-10 Duke.

Wind it Out Time:

Fifty one seconds in, McPherson cut it to a four goal game DeSimone and Harrison exchanged pleasantries and goals with Carner capping the 17-12 affair.

Numbers:

• Stats wise, JHU had more shots 34-25 and more on net, 29-22. Turnovers had Duke with 20 and the Blue Jays with 11. Draw Controls went 20-12 the Duke way.

• Sophia Lerose had 17 stops in the Duke net with Kathleen Garvey playing 30:00 with a pair of saves.

Duke Women Move On.

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.

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