No. 5 Duke Routs Davidson to Reach the 10-Victory Mark

DURHAM, N.C. A season-high 12 different Blue Devils scored goals as the Duke women's lacrosse team routed Davidson 19-6 on Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.

With the win, Duke ended a two-game slide as the Blue Devils improved to 10-3 (1-2 ACC) on the year, marking the 13th straight season Duke has recorded double digit victories. Davidson fell to 5-7 overall with the loss, its 10-consecutive to the Blue Devils.

Duke dominated almost every statistical category, outshooting the Wildcats 40-11, picking up 29 ground balls to Davidson's 19 and pressuring the Wildcats into 26 turnovers while only committing 14.

Lindsay Gilbride led the Devils' balanced offensive effort with four goals and two assists. Kat Thomas registered a hat trick and Morgan Miller and Alyssa Ogle both turned in two-goal performances. Amanda Jones, Sarah Bullard, Makenzie Hommel, Bridget Nolan, Jillian Heinz, Danielle Kachulis, Virginia Crotty and Monica DeMairo rounded out the Duke scoring contingent. Christie Kaestner led Duke with four assists.

"I thought we did a lot of really good things today," head coach Kerstin Kimel said. "We wanted to tighten up in some areas after yesterday, but I was really pleased with the outcome and the fact that we put ourselves in a position where we could play everybody."

Duke opened the contest with five unanswered goals and never looked back. Gilbride netted the first two scores to get the Devil offense going and Crotty, Bullard and Nolan followed her lead to give Duke the early 5-0 advantage.

Davidson got on the board with 13:39 left in the first half on a unassisted goal by Jen Crawford, but the Blue Devils responded with another 5-0 run to build a 10-1 margin late in the opening frame. The two teams traded goals in the first half's final five minutes as Duke took an 11-3 advantage into the intermission.

The Wildcats struck first to open the second period, but Davidson had no answer for the Duke attack as the Blue Devils would end the game on a 7-2 run, claiming the 19-6 victory.

In goal, Kaitlin Gaiss made four saves for her fourth career victory, while Davidson's Michelle Pav made 14 saves in the loss.

Duke will return to ACC play next Saturday, April 10 as the Blue Devils play host to Boston College at 1:00 p.m.

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DURHAM, N.C. - In its second-to-last non-conference game of the season, Davidson dropped a 19-6 road contest at #5 Duke on Sunday afternoon in women's lacrosse action.

The Wildcats fell to 5-7 overall, while the Blue Devils saw their overall mark run to 10-3. They have won all 10 games in the all-time series since it first started in 1996.

Senior Haley Cook (Darien, Conn.) had her fifth four-point game of the season, netting a pair of goals to go along with a season-high two assists to pace Davidson. The senior's 33 points (29 goals/four assists) is second-best on the team.

Also scoring for Davidson was Keena Classen (Baltimore, Md.), Alanna Parker (Spring Valley, Calif.), Jen Crawford (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and Jenna Mugele (Baltimore, Md.) with one goal each. Crawford and Parker combined for seven of the 'Cats 14 draw controls.

Between the pipes, Michelle Pav (Golden, Colo.) recorded a career-best 14 saves. She also caused a team-high three turnovers and added a new personal-best 11 groundballs. Davidson as a team had 19.

Lindsay Gilbride, who led Duke with four goals and six points (two assists), opened the game scoring back-to-back goals as the Blue Devils had a 5-0 lead after 15 minutes of play.

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