WILLIAMSBURG, VA. – Leading 7-5 at halftime, the fifth-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team held William & Mary scoreless for nearly 20 minutes in the second period to secure an 11-8 victory Sunday afternoon at Albert-Day Field at Martin Family Stadium.
The Blue Devils picked up a win in their first road contest of the season to improve to 3-0 overall.
Duke featured a balanced attack on the day, with seven different players registering goals in the contest. Junior midfielder Taylor Trimble led the way with three points on two goals and an assist while junior Brigid Smith, junior Kerrin Maurer and senior Molly Quirke also tallied multiple scores.
“Our scoring was really spread out and we scored in a lot of different ways,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “We did a pretty good job adjusting defensively. I would have liked to been called for a few less fouls – that’s something that we have to work on moving forward.”
After the Tribe got on the board first two minutes into the contest, Smith, Maurer and sophomore Maddy Acton quickly gave Duke a 4-1 cushion, with Smith netting two goals during the mini run. William & Mary’s Taylor Salmon answered at the 21:49 mark but the Blue Devil defense was able to hold the Tribe scoreless for the next six minutes despite going down two players on a pair of yellow cards.
Alexi Farmakis cut it to a one-goal game for William & Mary midway through the period before Trimble scored on a dish from freshman Hayley Shaffer and sophomore Kelci Smesko added a free position goal to push the margin back to three. The two teams then traded markers, with a caused turnover and ground ball pickup by senior defender Taylor Virden setting up a Quirke score on a free position opportunity to make it 7-4 in Duke’s favor.
The Tribe added a goal with 29 seconds remaining in the half to cut the Blue Devils’ advantage to 7-5 at the break. The home squad led 14-13 in shots at the intermission and held a 7-6 edge at the draw.
William & Mary made it a one-goal game early in the second half, as Salmon, the team’s leading scorer in 2013, recorded her second of the game. Despite struggling at the draw, Duke continued to remain aggressive on the defensive end while senior Maddy Morrissey, Maurer and Trimble each found the back of the net to propel Duke to a 10-6 advantage with 12:01 remaining. After the squads swapped goals again around the seven-minute mark, the Tribe converted with just 12 seconds remaining to bring the final score to 11-8.
“Kelsey [Duryea] made some good saves and I thought some of the risks we took towards the end of the game paid off in good turnovers,” Kimel said.
Overall, the Blue Devils registered 25 shots to 22 by William & Mary and won the ground ball battle, 19-10. Duke also limited the Tribe to just 2-of-7 on free position attempts, though the home team held a 12-9 advantage at the draw. Maurer and Virden won three draw controls each for the Blue Devils, with Virden, senior Sydney Peterson and junior Gabby Moise posting two caused turnovers each.
Duryea finished with seven saves against the 22 shots and William & Mary’s Colleen Nofi totaled nine saves in the loss.
The Blue Devils return home next weekend to host Northwestern Saturday, Feb. 22 in a noon contest at Koskinen Stadium. The game is scheduled to be streamed live on ESPN3.