DURHAM, N.C. – The sixth-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team kicked off the 2014 season by matching the program’s single-game goals record, notching a 25-4 victory over Elon Friday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
Fourteen different Blue Devils combined for the 25 goals, which matched the 25 scored against Bucknell in the 2012 season opener. Junior Kerrin Maurer paced the squad with a career-high six scores, which is tied for third on the program’s all-time single-game chart.
Sixteen different Duke players registered a point in the contest, led by Maurer with eight. Sophomore Kelci Smesko tallied five points and seniors Molly Quirke and Sydney Peterson and junior Brigid Smith added three each.
“I was pleased with the total team effort we had,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “We found our groove and we played really solid defense, we did a good job at the draw, we organized our offense – things that we’ve been working on for the last few weeks came to fruition throughout the game.”
Junior Taylor Trimble began the scoring less than a minute into the game, netting a pass from classmate Erin Tenneson. After a response by Elon’s Sloane Kessler, the Blue Devils took off on an 11-goal run, with Maurer providing four scores, freshman Hayley Shaffer two and junior Chelsea Landon, Peterson, Quirke, Smesko and Smith one each during the streak. After an unassisted Elon goal by Anna Vitton at the 2:54 mark, senior Maddy Morrissey recorded her first of the year with just over a minute remaining to bring the score to 13-2 at the half.
“We’re a very veteran offense,” Maurer said. “We have a lot of girls returning and the freshmen are coming in and filling spots. Coach [Kristen] Waagbo gave us great offensive sets that work to a lot of our strengths.”
The Blue Devil offense opened the second period on a 12-goal tear, while the defense continued to pressure the Phoenix in the transition game. Freshmen Helen Cammerzell and Caitlin Carey joined Shaffer in scoring in their first collegiate game, with Carey converting on a free position opportunity and Cammerzell adding a goal on a Kaki Jennison assist with 2:08 remaining.
Elon scored twice inside the final minute of regulation to close out the program’s inaugural contest.
Sophomore Kelsey Duryea, an IWLCA All-American between the pipes last season, posted four saves in her first win of the season. Junior Angel Thompson and senior Katherine Fraile also saw time in goal, with Thompson tallying two saves and Fraile one.
Senior Taylor Virden picked up a game-high four ground balls to help Duke win the category, 15-11. Virden and Peterson also led the squad with three draw controls each.
On the day, the Blue Devils fired 40 shots to 13 by the Phoenix and won 20 draw controls to 11 by the visiting squad.
“I was really impressed with Elon,” Kimel said. “We love [former Duke associate head coach] Josh [Hexter] and [former Duke standout] Virginia [Crotty]. They’re a huge part of Duke and Duke lacrosse, and I’m really pleased that they’re both getting their coaching start not too far away. It was an honor that we were their first game.”