COLLEGE PARK, Md. Eighth-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team held top-ranked Maryland to five goals in the first 25 minutes, but ultimately fell 14-9 in the NCAA quarterfinals Saturday.
Trailing 14-5 midway through the second half, the Blue Devils (14-6) closed the gap with four straight goals, but couldn’t get closer.
“I was really proud of our kids, how hard we fought,” said Duke coach Kerstin Kimel. “We got the looks that we wanted to get. I think the thing that hurt us was our turnovers.”
Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea matched a career-high with 15 saves in the loss. Juniors Maddy Morrissey and Molly Quirke led the Duke attack with three goals apiece. Blue Devils sophomore Kerrin Maurer added four assists.
Maryland’s Alex Aust led all scorers with seven points on five goals and two assists and Brooke Griffin contributed four points (three goals, one assist). Goalkeeper Kasey Howard had seven saves for Maryland (21-0).
The Terrapins outshot Duke, 34-18, and won the ground ball battle by a 19-8 margin.
Duke made its ninth consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals and is 19-16 all-time in tournament games. The Blue Devils are 6-7 in quarterfinal games.