DURHAM, N.C. --- There have been two constants in Duke women’s lacrosse in the last couple of years: they win at home and they do not lose two games in a row. Tuesday evening proved both of those stipulations correct as the No. 4 Blue Devils (6-1) routed Vermont (2-1), 20-6, in Koskinen Stadium.
Duke has not lost back-to-back games since March 12 and 16, 2005, and it has not lost at home since April 1, 2006, a streak that has now spanned 18 games.
Despite losing the draw for the third game in a row, the Blue Devils dominated in every other facet of the match to earn their sixth victory of the season heading into a showdown with Georgetown on Saturday.
Once again it was junior attackers Carolyn Davis and Megan Del Monte leading the offensive output. Davis tallied four goals and chipped in two assists while Del Monte found the back of the net four times. The midfield trio of junior Jess Adam, sophomore Lindsay Gilbride and freshman Sarah Bullard each scored twice. Thirteen different Duke players scored at least one point in the contest.
The issue was never really in doubt, as the Blue Devils outscored the Catamounts 7-0 over the first 19:55 of the game and never looked back. Vermont battled towards the end of the first and beginning of the second stanza, making it as close as 9-3 and 11-4, but Duke turned it back up and scored nine of the final 11 goals in the game to put it away.
The Devil defense was stifling, causing 18 turnovers and picking up 25 ground balls. Freshman midfielder Caroline Spearman and senior defender Rachel Shack led the team off the bench with two caused turnovers each while junior defender Christina Germinario and sophomore defender Sara Giedgowd each picked up three ground balls. Junior goalie Kim Imbesi made five saves in 45 minutes between the pipes.
Every Duke field player available for the game saw action, which included a total of 15 substitutes and the first playing time of the season for four Blue Devils. The Blue Devil bench accounted for five goals and three assists in the contest.
Vermont turned the ball over a total of 25 times and was only able to convert 6-of-15 clear attempts. The Catamounts were led by junior midfielder Kristen Millar, who scored two goals, won six draw controls and gathered four ground balls.
Duke will next host No. 9 Georgetown on Saturday at 12:00 p.m., in Koskinen Stadium. The game marks the third of three March doubleheaders with the Duke men’s lacrosse team, who will play North Carolina at 3:00 p.m. that day.