DURHAM, N.C. – The seventh-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team used a 12-1 scoring run to key an 18-9 victory over Boston University Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. With the win, the Blue Devils close regular season action with an overall mark of 12-5 and will await Sunday evening’s NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship Selection Show, which will be broadcast at 9 p.m. on NCAA.com.
Despite being shorthanded entering the afternoon, Duke received contributions from the entire lineup. Eleven different players registered a point in the contest, while eight different players won at least one draw control and eight different Blue Devils chipped in a caused turnover.
Sophomore Kerrin Maurer matched a career high with four goals and freshman Kelci Smesko also netted four while totaling a career-best seven points (4g, 3a). Danielle Etrasco (2g, 1a) and Sofia Robins (3g, 0a) led the way for Boston University, scoring three points each in the loss.
The Terriers jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the opening 10 minutes of play, but Duke dominated on both sides of the ball for the next 30 minutes. A free position goal by senior Alyssa Ogle at 17:27 in the first half kicked off a 12-1 scoring burst by the Blue Devils, with Maurer recording three tallies and Smesko two during the run. Sophomore Erin Tenneson, sophomore Taylor Trimble and junior Molly Quirke also got on the board during Duke’s run, while Trimble, Smesko and sophomore Chelsea Landon provided assists.
An unassisted tally by Boston University’s Etrasco with 17:43 remaining in the game pulled the Terriers within seven at 13-6. The visiting team found the back of the net three more times over the final five minutes of regulation, but the Blue Devils countered nearly every score with one of their own to win by an 18-9 margin after leading 8-4 at the half.
For the game, Duke outshot the Terriers, 29-16, and held a 16-13 advantage in draw controls with junior Taylor Virden notching a game-high five draws. The Blue Devils also won the ground ball battle, 22-11, as freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea and sophomore midfielder Katie Trees each picked up three. Duryea finished with two saves and Tenneson and sophomore Gabby Moise both totaled two caused turnovers to help the defense limit its opponent to single-digit scoring for the ninth time this spring.
The eight members of Duke’s senior class – Kaitlin Gaiss, Mie Graham, Makenzie Hommel, Caroline Keating, Sarah Kendrick, Lauren Martin, Alyssa Ogle and Maddie Salamone – were honored at the conclusion of Sunday’s contest.