NCAA WLAX First Round: Duke Rolls Past Loyola

Duke rolled past Loyola to give the ACC a win in the first round of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship. Three ACC teams had byes, meaning four teams will be in action on Sunday for the second round.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Led by hat tricks from sophomore Kyra Harney and seniors Maddy Acton and Kelci Smesko, the 12th-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team downed Loyola, 14-8, Friday in NCAA first round action at North Carolina’s Fetzer Field. The Blue Devils led by four at halftime and dominated possession down the stretch to set up a second-round meeting with the third-seeded Tar Heels Sunday at 1 p.m.

Freshman Olivia Jenner corralled 10 draw controls to help Duke (11-8) take the category by an 18-6 margin. The Blue Devil attack also placed 23 of its 26 looks on cage, while senior goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea anchored a solid defensive performance with six saves.

“I’m really proud of our group,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “We’ve had a good 14-day break since we’ve played last and it showed a little bit in the first half, but I think our kids did a really good job of sticking to the game plan. Coming out of halftime, we needed a minute to re-emphasize some of the key points of our game plan, and I thought we did an awesome job of coming out in the second half and executing.”

Duke and North Carolina will square off for the third time this season Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN3.

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- With 10 draw controls, freshman Olivia Jenner became only the 14th player in program history to surpass 100 draws for her career. She broke the Blue Devils’ single season draw controls record against North Carolina April 29.

- The 14-goal output was the highest by the Blue Devils since scoring 16 against Louisville in a March 12 win over the Cardinals.

- With the win, the Duke program improved to 24-18 all-time in NCAA Tournament play and 14-3 in first round contests.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - BC jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 5:28 following goals from Margolis and Weeks. Stony Brook responded with three straight of their own before BC got two back on goals from Dempsey Arsenault and Weeks. 

Following four straight tallies from the America East Champion Seawolves, BC found a groove that saw them notch three in a row and allowed them to even the score at 7-all. In that span, Weeks recorded her third of the game while Chandler and Mannelly each found the back of the net for the first time on the afternoon. 

After SBU regained the lead, Mannelly struck again with an unassisted goal to push her season total to 38. Caroline Margolis rounded out the scoring for the Eagles, tallying her 30th goal of the season on a free position shot with 3:42 on the clock.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Virginia women's lacrosse team's (9-9) season ended with a 12-10 loss to Johns Hopkins (11-7) on Friday afternoon in the 2016 NCAA Championship First Round in College Park, Md. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. 

After trailing 7-4 at halftime, Virginia cut the lead to 9-8 with a 4-2 run to begin the second half. The Cavaliers were unable to complete the comeback as Johns Hopkins scored three-straight goals to stretch its lead back to three. The Cavaliers scored at the 2:42 mark, but couldn't score again until a goal with five seconds remaining closed out the game, 12-10.

"We faced a really sharp opponent in Hopkins today," Virginia head coach Julie Myers said. "I thought they played a really good game from the opening whistle, whereas it took us a couple of minutes to wake up. Digging an early hole shouldn't be enough to win a game, but I do think they set the tone early and the rest of the game we were playing catch-up. Every time we got it close they found the back of the net one more time. I am proud of our effort and I am proud of this team. Hats off to Hopkins, they did a great job making plays when they had to."

Seven different players scored for Virginia, with senior Kelly Boyd (Baltimore, Md.) and sophomore Kasey Behr (Northport, N.Y.) leading the team with two goals each. UVA outshot Hopkins 24-23 led with 16 ground balls to 13. Both teams finished with 12 draw controls. The Cavaliers had eight turnovers to 12 for the Blue Jays, but Johns Hopkins converted 3-of-5 free position goals to 1-of-5 for UVA.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Louisville (12-6) lacrosse team fell 15-5 to Northwestern (11-9) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  Senior Cortnee Daley and junior Hannah Koloski scored two goals each to lead the Cardinals.   
"A lot of things bounced the other way today and I can say that in our last meeting, a lot of things bounced our way," said head coach Kellie Young.  "So it just wasn't our day.  Northwestern is a great team and they played well today, I take nothing away from them.  They fought really hard and have come a long way.  We needed to do the same and we didn't do that today.  This team has greatness and I am super proud of them."    

The Cardinals fell behind 3-0 in the opening four minutes. Koloski and Daley scored goals to close the initial 3-0 deficit to one, but Northwestern finished the first half on a 6-0 run to take control through the first 30 minutes.

Louisville came out strong to start the second half, holding the Wildcats scoreless in the first 12 minutes.  Daley and Kaylin Morissette each scored a goal to begin the second half to cut the Northwestern lead to five.