Women's Lacrosse ACCtion: Wednesday, March 17

March 18, 2010

Duke Cruises to 18-6 Win Over Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Duke University women's lacrosse team used a dominating, 18-6 performance over Virginia Tech Wednesday afternoon at Thompson Field to secure its first ACC win of the season. With the victory, Duke moves to 8-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference, while the Hokies fall to 2-6 (0-2 ACC).

The Blue Devil offense fired 42 shots, 33 on goal, en route to its second-highest scoring output of the season, and the Duke defense limited Virginia Tech to 13 shots for the game. Duke also committed a season-low seven turnovers to control the time of possession throughout.

Ten Devils registered goals in the match, led by senior Lindsay Gilbride's five-goal performance. Junior Christie Kaestner tallied five points on a goal and a game-high four assists and classmate Sarah Bullard notched a hat trick for team-leading eighth multi-goal game of the season. Sophomore Amanda Jones recorded two goals and an assist, senior Christie Barnes had two goals and sophomore Kat Thomas tallied a goal, an assist and five draw controls.

In addition, four Duke players notched their first goals of the season in the match, including junior Miller Hughes and sophomore Bridget Nolan as well as freshmen Makenzie Hommel and Alyssa Ogle.

BC Lacrosse Beats Holy Cross, 13-7

The Boston College lacrosse team continued its great run to open the season by earning a 13-7 win over Holy Cross on Wednesday afternoon in Worcester, Mass.

BC wasted no time in taking a quick lead in the game, with freshman Brooke Blue scoring just 12-second into the match to make it 1-0. Senior Peyton Killeen followed up a few minutes later on a free position shot to give BC a 2-0 lead.

Junior goalie Sheila Serafino made nine saves on the day as BC outshot Holy Cross, 28-19.

Johnson Leads Terps Past No. 7 Georgetown

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson netted five scores and No. 2 Maryland put up 20 goals for the second consecutive game as the Terps ran away with a 20-11 win against No. 7 Georgetown Wednesday.

Three of Johnson's five goals came in the opening minutes of the second stanza to provide Maryland (7-0, 2-0 ACC) some breathing room and a six-goal cushion after an even-played first half. The Hoyas outscored Maryland 5-2 in the first 11 minutes of the game before goals by Kate Faas, Laura Merrifield, and Brandi Jones tied the game and a Brittany Jones score at 11:47 gave the Terps the eventual game-winner.

The Terrapin defense stepped up the intensity in the second half, allowing only five Hoya goals in the period. Maryland trumped Georgetown 23-10 in the draw control category, led by five from junior Brandi Jones.

No. 6 Virginia Earns 14-7 Win at No. 18 William & Mary

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The No. 6 Virginia women’s lacrosse team used a four-goal surge late in the opening half to take control of its contest against No. 18 William & Mary Wednesday evening at Albert-Daly Field, en route to a 14-7 victory over its in-state rival.

Virginia, facing its sixth nationally ranked team this season, had a season-high 10 Cavaliers record a point in the contest. Redshirt sophomore Ainsley Baker and sophomore Charlie Finnigan each notched three goals to lead the way, while senior All-American Kaitlin Duff, senior Caity Whiteley and sophomore Josie Owen all tallied three points. Owen had two goals with an assist, while Duff and Whiteley had one goal and two assists.

Sophomore Julie Gardner added two scores, while senior All-American Brittany Kalkstein and freshman Caroline McTiernan each chipped in one goal. Redshirt senior Whitaker Hagerman and freshman Erin Laschinger rounded out the scoring with an assist each.