DURHAM, N.C. – Duke and Georgetown played a thrilling one-goal game for the second consecutive year, with the 14th-ranked Hoyas coming out on top, 11-10, Wednesday evening at Koskinen Stadium.
The Blue Devils (3-3, 0-1 ACC) held the overall advantage in shots (19-16), draw controls (15-7) and ground balls (11-10) but Georgetown capitalized on free position opportunities to secure the win. The Hoyas finished 4-of-5 from the eight-meter mark, with Caroline Tarzian converting on the game-winning goal, while Duke was 1-of-5 for the game.
Sophomore Kelci Smesko led the attack, matching a career-high with four goals and notching one assist. Senior Sydney Peterson and junior Kerrin Maurer tallied two scores each with Maurer also adding two helpers.
“We fought really hard tonight,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “We changed up our defense a bit in the second half and I thought that really made a big difference. We held them to four goals. We held them to two for a long time and then we gave up two at the end unfortunately.”
The Blue Devils wasted no time getting on the board as Peterson scored eight seconds into the contest on an assist from Maurer following a win at the draw by junior Taylor Trimble. However the rest of the opening half was a back-and-forth affair that featured three ties. Smesko recorded three of her four goals during the first period but Georgetown would take a 7-5 lead into the locker room at the break.
Maurer brought the margin back to one with an unassisted marker less than a minute into the second half. After the Hoyas responded with goals by Kelyn Freedman and Meghan Farrell, the Duke defense held the visiting squad scoreless for the next 18 minutes, sparking a 4-0 scoring streak. Maurer, Smesko and Peterson all found the back of the net during the run and Trimble added another with 17:11 remaining to give the Blue Devils their first lead at 10-9.
Despite winning the final five draw controls of the contest, turnovers plagued Duke late, and Georgetown took advantage of a man-up opportunity to knot the game at 10-all with just over six minutes to go. Tarzian was fouled with five seconds remaining and successfully converted on the free position shot to cap the one-goal win for Georgetown.
Senior Taylor Virden paced the Blue Devils at the draw, corralling five, while Maurer contributed four to help the team match its highest total of the season in the circle.
“Georgetown is a good draw team and I thought that we did really well on the draw,” Kimel said. “Credit to our kids who took the draw and credit to the girls on the circle. I thought they fought their hearts out for the ball.”
Senior midfielder Molly Quirke picked up a season-high three ground balls and sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea finished with two saves against 13 shots on goal by the Hoyas. Barb Black and Maddy Fisher split time in goal for Georgetown with Black registering two saves.
Up next, Duke hits the road for an ACC contest at Virginia Tech Sunday, March 9 at 1 p.m. Live video of the game will be streamed on HokieSports.com.