DURHAM, N.C. - The Blue Devils saw a three-goal halftime lead evaporate quickly in the second period as the No. 12 Virginia scored nine following the intermission to top No. 6 Duke, 14-12, Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
Duke (8-4, 2-1 ACC) won the draw 9-5 in the first stanza, but Virginia (6-4, 1-2 ACC) controlled possession in the second half with a 10-4 advantage in draw controls. The Cavaliers, who outscored the Blue Devils 9-4 in the second stanza, led in shots 26-25, including a 15-9 margin following halftime.
"[Draw controls were] really the biggest part of the second half," said head coach Kerstin Kimel. "We didn't have the ball. We're accustomed to doing a great job on the draw and then having the ball on offense to be able to control the tempo. When you lose the draw 10-4 in the second half, all the stats show that we didn't have the ball very much."
Eight Blue Devils registered goals in the game, led by senior Amanda Jones, sophomore Molly Quirke and freshman Taylor Trimble with two apiece. Both freshman Kerrin Maurer and senior Kim Wenger totaled a goal and two assists in the contest, while sophomore Maddy Morrissey chipped in with a goal and an assist.
Virginia began the game with a 3-1 run before Duke's offense found a rhythm midway through the first half. Jones, Quirke and Morrissey scored back-to-back-to-back goals to give Duke its first lead with 20:02 to play in the opening period before UVa's Sloane Warren knotted the score at four-all.
Undeterred, the Blue Devils put together a 4-1 run to close out the first half. Trimble fired a shot high for her first goal of the game before Hommel registered two straight to put Duke up 7-4. Virginia's Morgan Stephens made it a 7-5 game, but the Blue Devils countered with a goal from Emma Hamm, who also led all players with six draw controls, to take the 8-5 advantage into halftime.
Duke's three-goal lead was short-lived, however, as the Cavaliers registered three goals in the first seven minutes of the second half to time the game at 8-8. Wenger found Jones to put Duke back on top, 9-8, but UVa took its first lead since early in the opening half on goals from Josie Owen and Katie Slater.
The Blue Devils answered with two goals of their own, and led 11-10 with 12:45 to go following a Morrissey free position goal. The back-and-forth action continued with two UVa scores prior to Quirke tying things up at 12-12 with 8:23 to left in the game.
Duke's inability to control possession would come back to haunt the Blue Devils in the final minutes as Virginia won the final three draw controls, leading to two Cavalier goals and a victory for the visiting team.
Virginia was led by Slater with four goals and Owen with two goals and three assists. In goal, Duke senior Mollie Mackler posted nine saves, while Virginia's Kim Kolarik made five stops on the afternoon.
Duke takes on North Carolina in the second of three consecutive ACC games for the Blue Devils. The conference rivals face off Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m., from UNC's Fetzer Field.