Jones Scores Career-High Five as No. 3 Duke Grounds Boston College
from press release
NEWTON, Mass. - Duke junior Amanda Jones netted
a career-high five goals and Duke survived a late-game scare from
Boston College to edge the Eagles 14-11 in ACC action Saturday
afternoon at Newton Campus Lacrosse Field. The Blue Devils improve
to 10-2 on the year and 3-1 in conference games, while the Eagles
fall to 8-5 overall and 1-4 in the ACC.
"This is our third weekend on the road in a row and I'm pleased that we were able to come out of here with a win against a very good Boston College team," head coach Kerstin Kimel said. "In every game, there are good things you learn about your team and also things you learn you can do better, but we took a lot of good things out of the game today."
Jones tied her previous career high of three goals by the end of the first half and added two more scores in the second frame to lead all players on the day. The Maple Glen, Pa., native has registered back-to-back hat tricks for the first time in her career as eight of her 14 goals this season have come in the past two games.
"In every game, we've had somebody different step up and today was Amanda's day to do that," added Kimel. "Without her we wouldn't have won this game. I think that is a great thing for our team that we have a lot of people who are threats and [the opposing team] has to worry about a lot of different people."
In addition, Kat Thomas added three goals for her seventh hat trick of the season, while Emma Hamm and Sarah Bullard notched two goals apiece. Virginia Crotty led Duke with two assists, her fourth multi-assist game in 2011.
To start the game, Duke found itself in an early 2-0 hole after Boston College capitalized on a couple Devil turnovers to start the opening period. However, the Blue Devils would respond as Thomas put Duke on the board at 24:48 with a quick goal in transition. Just over a minute later, Jones registered her first goal of the game to pull the Blue Devils even with the Eagles at 2-2. Jones gave Duke the lead 45 seconds later off a pass from Crotty, but Boston College tied things up at three with 19:04 to go in the half.
Bullard, who saw her first action after missing the past seven games due to injury, gave Duke the lead for good at the halfway point of the first stanza. Duke pushed its advantage to two goals on a Thomas score, but the Eagles pulled within one a minute later. Yet Duke was able to close out the period on a 3-0 run to take an 8-4 lead into the intermission. Bullard registered her second goal of the game to start the run and Jones netted a fast break goal at 7:51 before Thomas capped off the run at 2:36 off an assist from Hamm.
Duke began the second half where it left off as Kim Wenger won the draw and found Jones open for Duke's ninth goal of the day just nine seconds into the second half. But Boston College clawed back into the contest, scoring the game's next three goals to pull within two with 27:18 left to play.
The Blue Devils appeared to have weathered the storm, extending their lead to 12-7 at the 19:47 mark with two goals from Hamm and a tally from Jones, but the Eagles made another run at Duke, cutting the Devil lead to 12-11 with 3:12 to play.
After a Devil timeout, Hamm was able to win the ensuing draw, which set up a Christie Kaestner goal, her 25th of the season, with just over two minutes remaining. The Eagles gained possession on the next draw, but Wenger caused an Eagle turnover behind the Duke cage to secure the victory for the Blue Devils. Caroline Spearman scored her first goal of the season with just seconds on the clock to bring the final score to 14-11 in Duke's favor.
Overall, the two teams were even at 13 draw controls each. Duke held the advantage in shots, 27-22, and committed a season-low seven turnovers in the contest.
The Blue Devils next travel to Providence, R.I., tomorrow Sunday, April 10 to take on Brown at 1 p.m.