No. 5 Virginia Knocks off No. 3 Duke in Durham

DURHAM, N.C. The third-ranked Duke women's lacrosse team was unable to overcome a two-goal halftime deficit as No. 5 Virginia escaped Durham with a narrow 8-7 victory over the Blue Devils Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.

With the loss, Duke saw its five-game win streak snapped and the Devils fell to 9-2 overall and 1-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Virginia was able to rebound after falling to No. 20 James Madison Wednesday and moves to 7-3 overall and 2-1 in the ACC with the win.

Three Blue Devils, Lindsay Gilbride, Sarah Bullard and Kim Wenger, tallied two goals apiece in the match, while Christie Kaestner dished out two assists and Kat Thomas chipped in a goal. Duke outshot Virginia (20-16), collected more ground balls (19-16) and had fewer turnovers (13-16) for the match, but the Cavaliers controlled the draw 11-5 and only allowed one Duke draw control in the second half.

UVa's Julie Gardiner struck first in the contest, netting a free position shot less than four minutes in, but Wenger responded for Duke off the ensuing draw to knot the score at one-all.

Virginia went up 3-1 off goals from Charlie Finnegan and Brittany Kalkstein before Thomas found the back of the net with 14:50 to go in the first half to pull Duke within one. Gilbride would tie the score four minutes later, and the back-and-forth action continued as the two teams traded goals over the next three minutes.

Tied at 4-4, the Cavaliers ended the half with two unanswered goals to enter the intermission up 6-4.

Virginia extended its lead to 7-4 less than two minutes into the second frame. Kaestner found Gilbride cutting along the right side to narrow the margin back to two, however, UVa answered with Kalkstein's second goal of the game.

Down by three with eight minutes left to play, Duke put together a late run beginning with Wenger, who converted a free position attempt for her second score of the game.

The Blue Devils regained possession after a failed UVa shot attempt and wasted little time narrowing the Cavaliers' advantage to one with Kaestner feeding Bullard for the goal.

Virginia again won the following draw, but Sara Giedgowd forced a UVa turnover to give the Devils possession with 2:30 to play. Yet Duke would be unable to get a shot off, turning the ball over and ending the threat.

The Blue Devils play again next weekend, hosting No. 1 Northwestern on Saturday, Apr. 3 and Davidson on Sunday, Apr. 4. Both game times are scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

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DURHAM, N.C. The No. 5 Virginia women's lacrosse team scored the first goal of the day, and despite three tie scores throughout the game, held off the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium, en route to an 8-7 victory. The outcome marked the sixth-straight year, and 12th time in the 15 year regular season series history, that the road team came away victorious.

Three Cavaliers notched two scores for Virginia - senior All-American Brittany Kalkstein, sophomore Julie Gardner and freshman Caroline McTiernan while sophomore Charlie Finnigan recorded a goal and an assist. Senior Caity Whiteley rounded out the scoring with one goal.

For Duke (9-2), three Blue Devils recorded two scores Sarah Bullard, Lindsay Gilbride and Kim Wenger.

Virginia's defense was the first to be tested, but anchored by three saves by redshirt junior Lauren Benner, the Cavaliers' offense was the first to score. Gardner converted a free position shot at 26:24 to give Virginia the 1-0 lead.

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