February 8, 2012

Second Half Run Powers Duke Past William and Mary

Sophomore Molly Quicke scored a career-high five goals in Duke's 18-9 win over William and Mary on Wednesday.
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Leading by four at halftime, the Duke women's lacrosse team utilized a 6-0 run to start the second half to down William and Mary, 18-9, on a cold and rainy Wednesday afternoon at Albert-Daly Field at Martin Family Stadium. The Blue Devils improve to 2-0 on the year as William and Mary falls to 0-1 to start the season.

Nine Blue Devils scored at least one goal with sophomore Molly Quirke registering a career-best five goals in the contest and junior Makenzie Hommel posting a career-high six points on three goals and three assists. Redshirt senior Emma Hamm added two goals and three assists, while freshman Kerrin Maurer chipped in a goal and three assists.

Cool temperatures and rain set in early in the first half, which saw the Blue Devils start slowly in their second game of the season. William & Mary led 1-0 and 2-1 before Duke put together a 6-2 run starting with back-to-back goals from Quirke.

William and Mary's Katie Stillwell tied the game at 4-4 with over 17 minutes in the period before Duke rattled off three unanswered scores. Quirke again started the run as senior Kim Wenger, who finished with two goals and an assist, and Hommel also scored goals to give Duke the 7-4 lead with 10 minutes left in the half.

The Blue Devils finished off the first half with a 3-1 run, including sophomore Maddy Morrissey's free position goal with a second left on the clock.

Duke came out firing to start the second stanza, scoring four straight goals to take a commanding eight-goal lead. Maurer started it off less than a minute into the period and Jones added the final tally of the streak nine minutes later to give Duke the 16-6 lead. Duke used the clock to its advantage to leave with the nine-goal victory.

The Blue Devils led the Tribe 40-23 in overall shots, while also winning 16 draw controls, bolstered by Hamm's career-high eight draw control performance, to William and Mary's 13. Senior goaltender Mollie Mackler stopped 10 shots in the contest and limited the Tribe to just three scores in the second half.

In the midst of a three-game road swing, Duke will travel to Vanderbilt for a 1 p.m., match against the Commodores Sunday, February 11.

Senior Maggie Anderson led the Tribe with four points (3g, 1a), while sophomores Taelor Salmon and Stillwell both tallied a pair of goals apiece. Stillwell also added two draw controls and two ground balls. Senior Jenny Michael also came up big with ateam-high four draw controls, while freshman goalie Lucy Ferguson posted 14 saves in her collegiate debut.

The Tribe will return to action when it plays at second-ranked Maryland this Sunday at 1 p.m.


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