DURHAM, N.C. – Trailing by just one goal at the intermission, the 20th-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team was unable to match ninth-ranked Virginia’s offense in the second half, falling to the Cavaliers by a 12-8 margin Saturday in a rain-soaked affair at Koskinen Stadium.
With the loss, the Blue Devils dropped to 6-4 overall and 1-2 in ACC action.
Junior goalkeeper Jamie Lockwood finished with a career-high 13 saves in her first start of the season.
“I could not be more proud of Jamie,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “Virginia is a really powerful offense. Our defense did a really good job too today. They gave Jamie shots she could save. We got in trouble in the second half and we fouled and we gave them some easy looks from the eight-meter. But by and large, Jamie was a huge bright spot today. I’m so proud. I knew she’d step up for us.”
Lockwood kicked off the afternoon with three early stops, pacing Duke to a 2-0 advantage. She continued to deny the Cavaliers until Maggie Jackson broke through for the visitors at the 18:25 mark. Jackson’s tally jumpstarted a 5-0 scoring spurt for Virginia, swinging the score to 5-2 with just under nine minutes remaining in the period.
After Lockwood opened the second half with her eighth save of the afternoon, the Cavaliers tacked on three quick markers. A goal by sophomore midfielder Catherine Cordrey broke up the Virginia run, but the Cavaliers’ Sammy Mueller would convert twice at the eight-meter to extend the visitors’ lead to 10-5.
Jenner countered with a free position goal of her own at the 18:58 mark, and another Lockwood save set up Cordrey to find freshman Mary Markwordt on the other end. However, Virginia would continue to capitalize on free position opportunities, with Mueller adding a third tally around the nine-minute mark.
Duke freshman Katie Cronin and the Cavaliers’ Avery Shoemaker swapped markers inside the final five minutes to account for the final score.
Shoemaker’s four goals led all players while Jackson and Mueller notched three each. Jenner spearheaded the Blue Devils’ effort with two tallies and five draw controls. Duke claimed the draw, 12-10, while Virginia held the advantage in shots, 37-22, and in ground balls, 19-14. Turnovers also proved costly in the loss, as the Blue Devils committed 23 to 11 by the Cavaliers.
“We’re not doing a great job of executing offensively,” Kimel said. “As a coaching staff, we have to go back to the drawing board and look at, not only what we’re doing, but who we have in there, and make some adjustments moving forward.”
With a six-game home stand in the books, Duke will hit the road next weekend, traveling to Syracuse, N.Y., to face the Orange Saturday, March 31 at 12 p.m.