DURHAM, N.C. - The fifth-ranked Duke women's lacrosse team began the 2012 season with a program single-game goals record in its 25-3 victory over Bucknell Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
Despite rain throughout the majority of the contest, the Blue Devils' totaled 25 goals to best the program's previous record of 24 set against St. Joseph's on April 23, 2006. Duke freshman Kerrin Maurer also tied the school single-game record with five assists to go along with three goals in her collegiate debut as the rookie led all scorers.
"I just think our offense was really flowing," said Maurer. "I fit in today. It was just how everything fell into place that it happened to be me taking the shots and me that was taking the feeds that made it happen. We've been working on [our offense] all week and we knew exactly what our game plan was and we just executed exactly how we're supposed to."
"I'm really pleased with the fact that we've only practiced 16 days but we played a complete game from one end to the other," said head coach Kerstin Kimel. "What we saw as coaches was a lot of what we worked on manifesting itself on the field. That's good to see. Every game will be an opportunity to learn a little bit more and to define ourselves a little bit more. I thought today was a great way to start the year off."
Morrissey began the scoring less than a minute into the game on a free position goal. Duke would go on to score the first 10 goals of the game, a streak which saw two each from Morrissey, junior Makenzie Hommel and senior Amanda Jones as well as tallies from freshman Taylor Trimble, sophomore Molly Quirke and Wenger.
Bucknell got on the board just over halfway through the first period with a score from Arriana Sajjad, but the Blue Devils registered the next six goals of the half to lead 17-1 at the intermission.
Redshirt senior Emma Hamm, who finished with a goal, an assist and three draw controls, gave Duke its 18th goal early in the second half before Bucknell scored its second goal of the day at the 25:23 mark.
A six-goal run for the Blue Devils brought the score to 24-2 before the two teams traded tallies in the final six minutes. Duke dominated the game statistically, firing 45 shots to eight for Bucknell and winning 21 draw controls to six for the Bison.
Senior goaltender Mollie Mackler made five saves in the contest, while her Bucknell counterparts, Caroline O'Neill and Katherine Fraile, combined for seven saves.
Additionally, seven members of Duke's freshmen class saw action Saturday with the rookies combining for 10 goals and five assists.
"[The freshmen] were great," added Morrissey. "They had a lot of faith in themselves. I love how they worked together and they also work with us really well. They've meshed into our team offense really, really well."
Duke's next contest kicks off a three-game road swing for the Blue Devils as Duke travels to William & Mary to face the Tribe Wednesday, February 8 at 3 p.m.