Top-seeded Duke Rolls Past Maryland, 19-9
April 28, 2006
BALTIMORE - Duke got four goals from Katie Chrest and survived six from Maryland's Delia Cox to top the Terrapins in the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship semifinals at M&T Bank Stadium on Friday, 19-9.
The top-seeded Blue Devils had 10 players score goals on the evening, with Chrest, a two-time ACC Player of the Year, leading the way. Leigh Jester and Caroline Cryer had three each for Duke, while Kristen Waagbo and Rachel Sanford had two apiece. Allie Johnson, Megan Del Monte, Carolyn Davis, Kim Wathey and Kim Pastrana also scored for Duke, while Waagbo notched a game-high three assists.
Cox's six goals on the day brought her two-game total at the ACC Championship to 10, while the fourth-seeded Terrapins' Katie Doolittle scored twice on Friday and Kelly Kasper once.
Chrest scored the first of her four goals just 2:24 into the contest, converting a free position shot for the Blue Devils' first lead of the day.
Maryland (12-6) quickly responded with a pair of goals of its own to capture the lead. Kasper got the Terps on the board 14 seconds after Chrest's strike, and Cox converted a free position shot just over a minute later to give Maryland its only lead of the day.
Cryer scored two of her goals in a 5-0 Duke run that took just 7:30. Maryland answered with a pair of Cox goals to pull within two at 6-4, but the Blue Devils scored two of the last three goals of the half to lead 8-5 at the break.
Chrest and Cox traded goals to start the second half, but Cryer tallied her third goal with 25:10 left in the game, starting a 6-0 Duke run that essentially put the game out of reach at 15-6 with 12:37 left.
Maryland would score three of the next four goals, with Cox scoring again and Doolittle notching both of her goals, but Duke scored the contest's final three goals in the final five minutes for the final margin.
Duke (15-1) will take on second-seeded Virginia in the ACC Championship match on Sunday, which will appear on regional television and begin at 1 p.m.