DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 5/6 Duke women's lacrosse team will end the regular season this Sunday, May 9 as the Blue Devils play host to Brown University in an 11 a.m. match at Koskinen Stadium. Duke will also honor its six graduating seniors - Christie Barnes, Sara Giedgowd, Lindsay Gilbride, Jillian Heinz, Danielle Kachulis and Betsey Sauer - in a post-game presentation.
Duke (12-5, 2-3 ACC) is coming off a tough, 14-4 loss at the hands of then-No. 1 North Carolina in the ACC semifinals on Friday, April 23 in College Park, Md. Virginia Crotty, Morgan Miller, Monica DeMairo and Kim Wenger netted goals for Duke, but the Blue Devils were unable to overcome an early 7-0 deficit. Duke advanced to the semifinals after defeating No. 16 Boston College, 17-6, in Thursday's quarterfinal match. Sarah Bullard, later named to the All-ACC Tournament team, paced the Devils with four goals against the Eagles, while Christie Kaestner, Kat Thomas and Crotty tallied three goals each.
For the season, Kaestner has led the way with a team-best 62 points and 35 assists. Bullard, an All-ACC selection and Tewaaraton Trophy nominee, leads the team with 42 goals on the year, followed closely by Gilbride, also an All-ACC pick and Tewaaraton candidate, with 37 scores in 2010.
Brown (7-7, 2-5 Ivy) is led by a pair of all-conference honorees in Kaela McGilloway (34G , 14A) and Paris Waterman (32G, 6A). Goalie Isabel Harvey has started all 14 games in net, stopping just over 41 percent of her shots faced and allowing 9.75 goals per game this season. The Bears are coming off a 19-5 loss to then-No. 6 Penn on April 25.
Sunday's match will be the first-ever meeting between Brown and Duke. The Blue Devils are 19-17 in program history when facing opponents from the Ivy League, including a 10-5 record against Dartmouth, a 6-8 mark versus Princeton and a 2-2 record against both Yale and Penn.
The brackets for the 2010 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship will be announced on CBS College Sports Network during the NCAA Lacrosse Selection Special on Sunday, May 9 between 10 and 11 p.m. (ET).