DURHAM, NC -- The 18th-ranked Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team held off a late rally to defeat host and fourth-ranked Duke, 9-8, in both teams' regular season finale Sunday afternoon. The Blue Jays earn their first-ever win in eight meetings with the Blue Devils and improve to 14-3 on the season. The Blue Devils slip to 14-4 with their second straight loss.
Hopkins methodically built a 9-1 lead on Duke before the Blue Devils rattled off seven straight in the final 17:19 to pull within one. Junior Dene' DiMartino won what turned out to be the final draw of the game and Hopkins was able to run out the clock on its second top-10 win of the season. Trailing by with, Kerrin Maurer got the Blue Devils on the board at the 17:19-mark to ignite the rally and end a scoreless drought that had surpassed 36 minutes of game time. Taylor Trimble then scored a natural hat trick in a span of just 80 seconds as the deficit was trimmed to just four with 11:17 to play.
Katie Trees dodged to the cage and beat senior KC Emerson as the clock ticked under nine minutes. The Blue Jays were able to run off more time but the Blue Devils weren't done yet as back-to-back free position goals by Erin Tenneson and Trees made it a one-goal game with 53.5 seconds to play. DiMartino came up with her eighth draw of the game on the ensuing possession and that would do it.
The Blue Jays got the first two goals of the game from sophomore Haley Schweizer and DiMartino to take a 2-0 lead by the 25:44-mark. Brigid Smith cut the lead in half with a free position goal just two minutes later, but that would be the last Blue Devil goal for quite a while. The Blue Jays responded with seen straight as they built that 9-1 lead. Schweizer got the run going with her second of the day at 19:28, as she turned on her defender and buried a shot from six meters.
DiMartino got her second of the afternoon just past the midway point of the half, dodging from left goal line extended and beating Kelsey Duryea from the doorstep. Less than two minutes later, sophomore Alexis Maffucci scored on a bounce shot off an Emily Kenul pass and Hopkins led 5-1. Schweizer completed her first-half hat trick with a worm-burner from seven meters at the 9:12-mark. Freshman CeCe Finney capped the first half scoring just over five minutes later to send the Blue Jays into the half with a 7-1 lead. Freshman Shannon Fitzgerald earned a free position and instead passed to Finney, who was open on the right post for the score.
The Blue Jays didn't waste much time in the second half to push the lead to seven as Kenul came off the curl, took a pass from junior Kristen Cannon and buried a high-to-low shot at 28:16. A little over nine minutes later, DiMartino completed her hat trick, the 25th of her career, with what turned out to be Hopkins' final goal of the game. As it turned out, this one was just getting exciting.
DiMartino and Schweizer each had hat tricks to lead the Blue Jays offensively. DiMartino also tied her career high with eight draws while junior Josie George picked up three ground balls. Emerson was credited with five saves in the win. Trimble led the Blue Devils with her three goals, while Trees had two goals and three points. Duryea finished with four saves in the loss.
Hopkins will learn whether it earned an NCAA Tournament bid on Sunday night with the announcement of the 26-team field. The NCAA will announce the field at 9:00 pm EST here.