DURHAM- Sophomore Attacker katie simone recorded the 100th point of her career on Saturday when the No. 7 Blue Devils defeated No. 16 Virginia, 13-8, in ACC women’s lacrosse action at Koskinen Stadium.
With the win, the Blue Devils improve to 13-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play. Duke’s record is tied for the best start in 14 games since 2015 when head coach Kerstin kimel‘s The team made it to the NCAA semifinal game.
DeSimone scored her 13th hat-trick this season with four goals and one assist and became the 33rd Blue Devil in program history with 100 career points in just 33 games.
“I’m so proud of her [DeSimone]Kimel said. “She’s a pure scorer, but I think the most important thing is that she’s a hard worker who cares a lot. She’s a little hard on herself sometimes, but she works really hard all over the field for us…not just scoring goals, but on the game and helping to facilitate our offense. [I’m] super proud of her.”
Midfielder grad student abby larry he also saw a career afternoon with three goals and an assist for a career-high four points. graduate fellow student catrione barry he scored his 13th hat-trick with a goal and two dimes.
senior goalkeeper sophia lerose He continued an outstanding week and had nine saves between tubes for Duke. Through three games, he has 34 saves for a .557 save percentage.
Duke took a 2-0 lead early in the game courtesy of Barry and Landry, before Virginia went on a 4-0 unanswered run that continued into the second quarter. DeSimone had Duke’s offense firing on all cylinders as he scored all four of his goals in the second stanza. The Cavaliers added two in a five-minute span, but the Blue Devils held a 6-4 lead and didn’t let up.
The Blue Devils scored seven goals in 18 minutes to take them into the fourth quarter with an 11-6 lead. DeSimone, Landry, maddie jenner, Anne Callahan and Katie Keller they all found the back of the net during that run.
Virginia scored its last two goals of the game in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter before olivia carner and Caroline Debellis he scored two more for Duke.
Duke outshot Virginia 27-20, won the battle for control of the toss (16-9) and the groundout (18-16). Jenner led the way in the draw control circle with 10, good for his 12th game this season with 10 or more. maddie johnston he provided a big spark off the bench and finished the game with three turnovers and three ground balls, the most of his career.
Virginia was led by Morgan Schwab and Kiki Shaw with three points each. Goalkeeper Ashley Vernon recorded eight saves in the net.
Duke travels to Blacksburg, Va., to take on Virginia Tech Thursday night at 7 pm on ACCN.
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