SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Duke University senior Maddy Morrissey turned in a career-best six-point performance and junior Kerrin Maurer added a hat trick as the ninth-ranked Blue Devils kept their NCAA Tournament run alive with a 10-8 victory over 14th-ranked Notre Dame Sunday, May 11 at Arlotta Stadium.
Duke (11-7) advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the 10th consecutive year, and will meet top-seeded Maryland next weekend in College Park, Md.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea totaled 11 saves in the net for the Blue Devils to anchor a strong defensive effort that also included 14 caused turnovers.
The scoring started early in South Bend as the eighth-seeded Irish took the opening draw and capitalized on a goal by Rachel Sexton. Morrissey responded for Duke just 23 seconds later, finishing on a pass from junior Katie Trees.
Aggressive defensive play on both ends resulted in a number of turnovers over the remainder of the period. Senior Taylor Virden led the charge for the Blue Devils, accounting for three caused turnovers in the first 30 minutes, while Duryea logged five first-half stops in the net.
Notre Dame took back the lead at the 21:19 mark on a tally by Brie Custis but junior attacker Brigid Smith knotted the score again on an assist from Maurer. Maurer and Morrissey also registered goals to spark a 5-0 run by Duke that would extend into the second half.
Leading 4-2 at the break, the Blue Devils got a pair of goals from Maurer to start the period. Maurer, who was assisted by Morrissey and junior Chelsea Landon, collected her 10th hat trick of the season and moved into a tie for eighth all-time at Duke in career points with 203.
Caitlin Gargan ended the scoring drought for the Irish at 21:44, cutting it to 6-3. The teams traded tallies over the next couple of possessions before Sexton and Lindsay Powell combined for three unanswered markers to pull Notre Dame within one at 8-7.
Morrissey netted her career-best fourth goal of the day with 4:50 remaining and assisted Smith on another score in the final minute. Sexton converted from the eight-meter with 15 seconds left on the clock, but Duke would go on to win by two.
The Irish held a 21-20 edge in shots on the day and won the draw by a 12-8 margin. The Blue Devils controlled the ground ball game, picking up 22 to 18 by Notre Dame.
Sexton paced Notre Dame’s attack, earning a hat trick, while Powell and Custis had two tallies apiece. A solid defensive performance by freshman Maura Schwitter and the Duke defense kept the Irish’s leading scorer, Cortney Forunato, without a point for the contest.
Liz O’Sullivan posted five saves in goal for Notre Dame, which concluded the 2014 season with a final record of 10-9.