April 18, 2004
Durham, NC - Eight different Blue Devils scored goals to lead a balanced attack as the sixth-ranked Duke women's lacrosse team held off No. 9 Johns Hopkins, 10-7, Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
The Blue Jays, who fell to 11-2 on the season, took the early lead when sophomore Meagan Voight (Sykesville, MD/Liberty) scored an unassisted goal just 39 seconds into the contest, and Voight made it a 2-0 game when she scored off an assist from junior Erin Riordan (Bay Shore, NY/Bay Shore) with 25:40 remaining in the first half.
However Duke, which improved to 10-4 and has now won all six of its meetings with Hopkins, answered with five consecutive goals to take the lead for good. Kristy Dirks put the Blue Devils on the board by scoring off a feed from Stefanie Sparks with 23:54 left in the half, and Leigh Jester tied the game with a free position goal 1:50 later.
The teams then played 10 and a half scoreless minutes before Corinne Broesler scored an unassisted goal with 11:38 remaining, and after Sparks found Katie Chrest for a goal at the 7:19 mark, Kristen Waagbo scored off a Chrest feed with 5:55 on the clock to make it a 5-2 game.
Riordan brought Hopkins back within two by scoring off a pass from freshman Mary Key (Stevensville, MD/St. Mary's of Annapolis) with 3:43 to play, but Meghan Walters scored on a free position shot with three seconds remaining to give Duke a 6-3 lead at the break.
Key cut the deficit to two by scoring an unassisted goal three minutes into the second period, and Voight followed with a goal off an assist from Riordan to make it a 6-5 game with 24:58 left. However Jester scored 29 seconds later and Lauren Kickham found the back of the net with 21:48 to play as the Blue Devils went back up three.
Key scored an unassisted goal with 13:43 on the clock and found Voight for a goal with 11:22 to play to cut the Duke lead to 8-7, but the Blue Devils again answered by scoring the final two goals of the game. Waagbo scored off a Dirks assist 24 seconds after Voight's goal, and Michelle Menser put the game out of reach with a goal off a Waagbo feed with 4:07 remaining.
Riordan tied a career-high with three points, while junior Lacey-Leigh Hentz (Hampstead, MD/North Carroll) led the Hopkins defense by collecting four ground balls and causing one turnover.
Hopkins held a 27-24 shot advantage, but could not convert on four free position shots. The Blue Devils held a slim 18-17 advantage in ground balls and won 12 of the 18 draw controls.
The Blue Jays return to action Friday with a 7 p.m. game at second-ranked Notre Dame.
#9 Johns Hopkins (11-2) 3 4 -7 #6 Duke (10-4) 6 4 -10GOALS: JHU- Voight 4, Key 2, Riordan. DU- Waagbo 2, Jester 2, Dirks, Chrest, Menser, Broesler, Walters, Kickham. ASSISTS: JHU- Key 2, Riordan 2. DU- Sparks 2, Chrest, Dirks, Waabgo. SAVES: JHU- Riddick (8 sv, 10 GA); DU- Huether (13 sv, 7 GA).