PRINCETON, N.J. --- The No. 3 Duke Blue Devils lost its first game of the season to Princeton, 13-8, on Saturday afternoon at Princeton Stadium. Duke never led and did not tie the game after 1-1.
Duke was held to its lowest goal total of the season, and its three goals in the first period were the lowest half output for the Blue Devils since they scored just one goal in the second stanza against Northwestern on April 7, 2007.
Junior midfielder Carolyn Davis, junior attacked Megan Del Monte and freshman midfielder Emma Hamm each tallied two goals to lead Duke, and Del Monte added Duke’s only assist on the day. Duke outshot Princeton, 25-22, but was only able to put 14 shots on goals while Princeton did that 18 times.
On defense Duke caused nine turnovers and Princeton turned the ball over a total of 21 times. However, the Blue Devils’ 17 turnovers-- of which the Tigers caused 10-- did not make that statistic have much of an impact.
The main source of trouble for Duke defensively was Princeton’s Katie Lewis-Lamonica. The senior midfielder accounted for seven goals on the afternoon as Duke was unable to find an answer for the Tewaaraton Trophy watch list nominee. Junior attacker Christine Casaceli added three scores for Princeton and only two more Tigers found the back of the net.
For the second straight game, the Blue Devils were beaten on the draw, this time 13-10. Three different Tigers tallied three draw controls in the game.
The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 5-1 while Princeton improved to 3-0 on the year.
Duke falls to 4-8 all-time against Princeton. The Tigers are one of only three teams that hold more than a one-game series advantage over the Blue Devils, with the other two being Maryland (7-9) and Virginia (6-15).
Duke will play Vermont on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., in Koskinen Stadium where it has a 17-game winning streak. The game marks the second of three March doubleheaders with the Duke men’s lacrosse team, who will play Presbyterian at 7:30 p.m. that night.