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April 22, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Fourth-seeded Duke defeated No. 5-seed Boston College, 17-6, to open the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship this afternoon at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md. Eight Blue Devils scored for the winning effort, including a game-high four by junior midfielder Sarah Bullard.
With the win, Duke improves to 12-4 (2-3 ACC) and advances to Friday’s first semifinal game against top-seeded North Carolina (13-1, 4-1 ACC). The loss drops the Eagles to 10-5 (1-5 ACC).
“I’m really pleased that we came out and played well right out of the gate,” said Blue Devil head coach Kirsten Kimel. “Boston College is a great team. I don’t think we handled their game very well, and we didn’t adjust to some things well in the game, but I felt as though we executed our game today very, very well.”
Duke scored eight-straight goals to start the game, with sophomore midfielder Kat Thomas, junior attacker Christie Kaestner, and Bullard combining for six of the tallies.
Boston College stared at a 6-0 deficit less than 10 minutes into the game, but regrouped and allowed the Blue Devils just two more scores over the last 20 minutes of the first half. Freshman attacker Brooke Blue put the Eagles on the scoreboard, thanks to her unassisted goal with 8:22 left in the first half.
Duke threatened to extend its lead with less than 30 seconds to play in the first stanza; however, Boston College junior goalie Sheila Serafino made two solo stops. Junior defender Taylor Fleming sprinted downfield on a fast-break and fired a shot from 18-feet. Senior midfielder Danielle Kachulis scooped up the rebound, but her put-back was saved, and the Blue Devils had to settle for an 8-1 lead at the break.
Following a goal by Boston College sophomore attacker Brittany Wilson that cut the Duke lead to 8-2 at the 28:31 mark in the second half, the Blue Devils went on a 7-0 run to extend their lead to 15-2, large in part to goals by Bullard, Kachulis, junior attackman Virginia Crotty, Thomas, Kaestner, and sophomore midfielder Amanda Jones.
The Eagles outscored Duke, 4-2, over the final eight minutes, but the late-game effort was not enough.
Sophomore midfielder Lindsay Gilbride led Duke with three assists and freshman goalie Kaitlin Gaiss had four saves in all 60 minutes in the creese. Blue and junior midfielder Jill Rekart each scored twice for Boston College. Serafino had five saves in 48 minutes of action.
The Blue Devils take on North Carolina tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. The Tar Heels defeated Duke, 9-6, last Wednesday in Chapel Hill, N.C.
No. 6-seed Virginia Tech and No. 3-seed Virginia will play today’s second first-round game at 5 p.m., with the winner advancing to play No. 2-seed Maryland (14-1, 4-1 ACC) tomorrow, also at 5 p.m.
Both of tomorrow’s semifinal games will be video-streamed live on ACCSelect, which can be accessed by visiting theACC.com. Any additiona women’s lacrosse championship information can be found at http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-womens-lacrosse-championship.html.
#5 Boston College vs. #4 Duke
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Ludwig Field; College Park, Md.
Duke head coach Kirsten Kimel
“I’m really pleased that we came out and played well right out of the gate. Boston College is a great team. I don’t think we handled their game very well, and we didn’t adjust to some things well in the game, but I felt as though we executed our game today very, very well.”
On playing No. 1-seed and top-ranked North Carolina in tomorrow’s first semifinal game:
“We just played UNC last week. In terms of preparation, we’ve done quite a bit of work. We were able to see them play Northwestern, but Northwestern plays such a different style, that they’re going to play us in a very different way. The keys for tomorrow will be winning the draw and finishing out shots.
“The last time we played UNC we shot poorly and that was the big difference for us. We didn’t capitalize on the momentum that we created for ourselves off the draw and in transition and in creating turnovers. And if we can finish better tomorrow than we did last week, we’ll be ready to compete with them.
“We’re really excited and looking forward to getting ready for the game.”
Duke junior midfielder Sarah Bullard
On setting the tone for the championship by scoring a game-high four goals:
“I think our entire team set the tone today. We came out and scored eight quick goals and I think that set the tone for the entire game. We started off strong and never looked back and our defense did a great job of shutting Boston College down. The entire team’s aggressiveness and relentlessness is really what set the tone.”