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March 10, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. - The fifth-ranked Duke University women's lacrosse team jumped out to an 8-3 halftime lead and held off No. 7/9 Boston University in the second half for the 10-6 win Wednesday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
The Blue Devils, who improve their record to 6-1 (0-1 ACC ) on the season, were led by sophomore Kat Thomas' four first-half goals, while the Terriers' (3-1, 0-0 America East) top scorer, McKinley Curro, had two goals and an assist. In addition, junior Christie Kaestner had a game-high four points, netting two goals and dishing out two assists. Classmate Caroline Spearman turned in her first multi-goal game of her career with two scores and junior Sarah Bullard and sophomore Amanda Jones both chipped in with one goal apiece.
For the game, Duke outshot BU, 24-17, but the two teams were evenly matched otherwise as the Devils held a narrow edge in ground balls, 14-13 and draw controls, 10-8.
Duke jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on back-to-back goals from Thomas to start the match before the Terriers put together a 2-0 run of their own to knot the score with 26:07 left in the opening half. Thomas again came through for the Devils to break the tie three minutes later on a free position goal, but Boston University's Hannah Frey responded with a goal of her own at the 22:26 mark.
The Devil defense took over the rest of the way, limiting the Terriers to just four shots to close out the opening half and the offense responded with five unanswered scores to extend Duke's lead to five at the intermission.