DURHAM- The seventh-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team earned a 21-10 win over Penn in non-conference action Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
With the win, the Blue Devils improve to 8-1 and remain unbeaten at home as the Quakers drop to 2-4 on aggregate.
Duke’s attack was led by a sophomore Katie DeSimone with a tied career high of seven points on five goals and two assists. Four other Blue Devils had hat tricks, led by Olivier Carnerthe performance of three goals.
Carner had eight points in two games while DeSimone added 10 in a very successful weekend for the Blue Devils.
The two teams traded bases to start the contest even at two despite Penn hitting first just 30 ticks into the game. Even at two, Aly Feeley connected on back-to-back free position attempts to give the Quakers a narrow two-goal lead (4-2) after the first 15.
Duke’s offense erupted in the second period and didn’t let up for the rest of the game as they beat Penn 19-6 in the final 45 minutes.
Duke took a 6-5 halftime lead thanks to contributions from DeSimone, Carner, Anna Callahan and Lexi Schmalz.
After the intermission, both teams settled into their attacking rhythms, especially Duke with seven goals from seven different players.
The Blue Devils took an 11-5 lead with five goals in under five minutes. After trading the next four scores, Penn added two shots from free position to cut Duke’s lead and make it 13-9.
In the final 15 minutes, the Blue Devils outscored the Quakers 8-1 for a final score of 21-10. Penn scored his final goal of the contest at 2:13 p.m. in the fourth quarter before everything was Duke the rest of the way. DeSimone scored two goals and a penny, Barry scored his first goal of the game with just over a minute to play and Virginia Oursler scored his second goal this season.
Duke’s defense locked down and was led by junior Cubby Biscardi with a career-high four caused turnovers. She also added draw control and a ground ball in her strong performance. Senior Maddie Jenner had 15 draw checks and two goals and is just 22 draw checks away from breaking Duke’s career record.
Senior Sophia Le Rose got his ninth start in net and caught eight saves.
The Quakers trailed Feeley by three points on two goals and an assist. Goaltender Krissy Kowalski made eight saves.
Duke then hosts Louisville (the 17th of March) and Davidson (March 20th) in Durham. Thursday’s game against the Cardinals will air on ACCN before Sunday 2 p.m.first draw against the Wildcats.
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