BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Despite finding itself down 3-0 just 4:18 in the game, the Duke Blue Devils dominated the rest of the first half and kept up the momentum in the second period to earn an 18-11 victory over Virginia Tech on Monday night at the Virginia Tech Lacrosse and Soccer Stadium. The game can be seen on-demand on ACCSelect.com.
The match marked the final regular season ACC contest for Duke. It was also the fourth game in 12 days for the Blue Devils.
Duke allowed three quick scores to an upbeat Hokie squad to start the game, but battled back to score the next four straight and 10 of the last 12 goals in the first period. The last tie of the match came at 4-4 with 14:23 remaining in the first. The Blue Devils really spread the offense around, as their 10 first-half goals were scored by seven different players.
Virginia Tech got on the board first in the second period, closing the gap to 10-6, but Duke would not allow the Hokies to get closer than five the rest of the way. The defensive effort was led by freshman midfielder Emma Hamm with two caused turnovers and three ground balls and by freshman midfielder Sarah Bullard, who picked up seven ground balls. The Hokies were only allowed to complete 7-of-15 clears, while Duke converted on 14-of-16.
Nine Blue Devils found the back of the net on Monday night, and it was sophomore midfielder Lindsay Gilbride who led the way with four goals on seven shots. Duke outshot Virginia Tech 37-21 in the game. Junior attacker Megan Del Monte hit paydirt four times, Bullard completed a hat trick and junior attacker Carolyn Davis led the team with two assists and added one goal.
Although Duke lost the draw for the ninth time in its last 10 games, senior midfielder Allie Johnson did her part by controlling five draws in the match. Gilbride also contributed by grabbing three draws.
Virginia Tech was paced by senior attacker Kady McBrearty and freshman midfielder Allie Emala, who each tallied four goals on the evening. Emala also led the Hokies with five draw controls, which helped them gain the edge in that category, 19-13. The 11 goals by Tech were the most it has ever scored against Duke.
Duke improves to 9-5 on the year and 3-2 in the ACC while Virginia Tech falls to 4-12 and 0-4 in the conference. The Blue Devils locked up at least third place in the ACC while the Hokies assured themselves of finishing sixth in the league standings for the fourth straight season.
Duke has never lost to Virginia Tech, and now holds a 10-0 record against the Hokies. The Hokies are 0-5 versus ranked opposition in 2008 and have yet to win an ACC game in four years in the conference.
The Blue Devils will travel to Nashville, Tenn., to take on No. 14 Vanderbilt on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET.