April 23, 2009

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Duke Blasts BC; UNC Up Next

from press releases

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The No. 5 Duke women's lacrosse team received four goals from junior attacker Lindsay Gilbride, while the Blue Devil goalkeeping tandem of Kim Imbesi and Mollie Mackler made a combined 15 saves to lead third-seeded Duke past Boston College, 16-7, Thursday afternoon at Virginia Tech's Thompson Field in the quarterfinals of the 2009 ACC Championships.

The Blue Devils will face local rival North Carolina, the tournament's two-seed, tomorrow, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the semifinals, looking for revenge after dropping a close one to the Tar Heels last Friday, 9-7, at Koskinen Stadium in regular-season action. UNC enjoyed a first-round bye.

Duke improves to 12-4 on the season. The Blue Devils have now won their first tournament game in five of the last six seasons. Today's win marked Duke's second over BC this season.

"I'm very proud of how we played - I felt like we had some specific things we wanted to accomplish and we took care of them on both ends of the field," said head coach Kerstin Kimel. "Both offensively and defensively, I'm really proud of our team. Boston College played a very nice game and was a tough opponent. We're very excited to face North Carolina tomorrow."

Duke outscored the Eagles 7-2 in the first half, with Carolyn Davis and Emma Hamm each scoring two in that frame to get the Blue Devils out to a rolling start. Despite 18 BC shots, the Eagles were held to the two first-half goals thanks to the strong play of Imbesi, who stopped five before halftime.

Davis opened the Duke scoring on an assist from Jess Adam, before BC answered on a goal from Maura Mahoney - who finished the day with three goals to lead her team. BC kept things close until an Adam score with 10:21 left in the first sparked four straight Blue Devil goals to close out the half, giving Duke the five-goal edge heading into the locker rooms.

Duke added three more in a row after the break in adding to the lead, on goals from Jillian Heinz, Gilbride, and Del Monte to make it 10-2 with 24:59 remaining.

Duke added another four-goal run halfway through the second, which included a behind-the-back goal for Gilbride from the right side of the fan. Freshmen Kat Thomas and Amanda Jones added to Duke's lead late in the game as the Blue Devils kept BC 10 goals behind despite a goal for Mahoney with just seven ticks left on the clock.

Gilbride's four led all scorers in the game, while Davis, Hamm, and Thomas finished with two for Duke and Caroline Cryer, Del Monte, Adam, Bullard, Jones, and Heinz all found the scoring column for the Blue Devils. Cryer added two assists.

Imbesi finished with eight saves, while Mackler stopped seven shots in under 10 minutes of action as BC fired 36 total shots in the game.

Caroline Spearman and Hamm each grabbed three draws, while Heinz picked up three ground balls in the contest as Duke totaled 15 in that category. Duke committed just 10 turnovers.

Tomorrow's game will be broadcast live via ACC Select. The other semifinal game will be played at 4 p.m. between top-seeded Maryland and Virginia - which advanced with a win over the host Hokies Thursday. The winner of each of tomorrow's contests will square off in the ACC Championship on Sunday, April 26, at 1 p.m. on Fox Sports.

The game against UNC will give the Blue Devils a chance to win back ½ of the Carlyle Cup point it surrendered to the Tar Heels with the regular-season loss. Last Friday night's game was a back-and-forth affair between the cross-town foes, with UNC coming out with the win despite 12 saves for Imbesi and two goals apiece for Davis and Bullard. Duke still holds an 11-10 all-time series record against UNC.


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