HANOVER, N.H. -- No. 11 Duke (11-7) used four goals in just 26 seconds late in the first half to grab an 8-3 halftime lead, and used that momentum to run away with a 17-11 victory at Scully-Fahey Field. The four goals in 26 seconds set an NCAA record for quickness. The game marked the final regular season match-- and fifth contest straight away from home-- for the Blue Devils, who will find out if they are selected for the NCAA Tournament on Monday night.
Leading 4-3 with under one minute remaining in a defensive first half, four Blue Devils scored four goals from 0:35 to 0:09. Duke and Dartmouth traded the first six goals of the second half before taking turns going on two small runs each in which the Devils went up by as many as eight but no fewer than five.
Duke got eight goals from eight different players in the first stanza, and junior attacker Megan Del Monte assisted on three of those. She would finish with one goal and four assists in the contest. Del Monte currently ranks seventh at Duke for assists in a season with 22.
A trio of players in addition to Del Monte had dominant offensive games: sophomore midfielder Lindsay Gilbride, junior captain and midfielder Jess Adam and junior attacker Carolyn Davis. Gilbride was held scoreless in the first half but went on a tear in the second, hitting paydirt five times. Davis and Adam each added three goals and one assist. Davis now ranks fifth all-time at Duke for goals in a season with 51.
Freshman Sarah Bullard was a menace in the midfield, grabbing three draw controls, securing three ground balls and causing one turnover. Freshman Emma Hamm also had three draw controls to go along with her one goal and three assists.
The Blue Devil defense put forth a strong effort, especially in the first half when the game was close. Dartmouth was only able to convert on 7-of-12 clears and Duke caused nine turnovers. The Big Green turned the ball over a total of 17 times to just 11 for the Devils. Junior Kim Imbesi had a strong outing in the cage, making 11 saves on the evening.
The Big Green was paced by freshman midfielder Greta Meyer with three goals. She was helped by freshman attacker Kat Collins (two goals and two assists) and sophomore attacker Cate Goytisolo (two goals and one assist).
Duke now holds a 9-5 advantage in the series with the Big Green and has won five straight. The Blue Devils have played Dartmouth once each year of the program’s existence, plus an NCAA Tournament meeting in 2000.
The Blue Devils will learn of their postseason fate during the NCAA Tournament selection show, which will be held Monday from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., and will be broadcast on the CBS College Sports Network. The NCAA Tournament begins with first round games on May 11, continues with quarterfinal action on May 17 and concludes with the semifinals on May 23 and final on May 25 at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.