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

Twenty four seconds later, the Blue Devils broke through and knotted the score at one all.

The Cavaliers wouldn't allowed Duke to take a lead though, as Finnigan scored on an 8-meter shot at 21:28 and Kalkstein followed that up with a goal at 17:25.

Duke rallied to answer with back-to-back scores, before McTiernan – making her first collegiate start – made the score 4-3 with 9:31 remaining in the half.

An unassisted goal by the Blue Devils at 7:24 tied the game for a third time, but goals from Gardner and a second from McTiernan gave the Cavaliers a two-goal cushion at halftime, 6-4.

Whiteley scored out of the break, giving Virginia its largest lead of the game, 7-4, before the Blue Devils sandwiched goals around a second score from Kalkstein, bringing the score to 8-6 with 8:03 to play.

Duke scored again with 3:37 to play and won the ensuing draw control, but junior Liz Downs forced a turnover with 1:45 remaining and the Cavaliers ran out the clock to preserve the 8-7 victory.

Kalkstein won three draw controls for Virginia, while senior All-American Kaitlin Duff and Benner each had three ground balls. Benner finished with seven saves on the day and sophomore Bailey Fogarty caused a career-high five turnovers.

Virginia (7-3) will be back in action on Wednesday, as the Cavaliers return home to host Old Dominion. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Klöckner Stadium.

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