Duke Downs Virginia, DeSimone Reaches 100-Career Points

Sophomore attackerregistered her 100th-career point Saturday as the No. 7 Blue Devils defeated No. 16 Virginia, 13-8, in ACC women’s lacrosse action at Koskinen Stadium.With the victory, the Blue Devils improve to 13-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play. Duke’s record is tied for the best start through 14 games since 2015 when head coachsquad reached the NCAA semifinal game.DeSimone tallied her 13th hat trick this season with four goals and an assist and became the 33rd Blue Devil in program history with 100-career points in just 33 games.”I’m just so proud of her [DeSimone],” Kimel said. “She’s a pure scorer but I think more importantly, she’s a hard worker who cares so much. A little tough on herself at times, but she works so hard all over the field for us … not just scoring goals but in the ride and helping to facilitate our offense. [I’m] super proud of her.”Graduate student midfielderalso saw a career afternoon with three goals and an assist for a career-high four points. Fellow grad studenttallied her 13th hat trick with a goal and two dimes.Senior goalkeepercontinued an outstanding week and added nine saves between the pipes for Duke. In three games, she owns 34 saves for a .557 save percentage.Duke took a 2-0 lead early in the contest courtesy of Barry and Landry, before Virginia went on a 4-0 unanswered run that continued into the second quarter. DeSimone got Duke’s offense firing on all cylinders as she tallied her four goals in the second stanza. The Cavaliers added two during a five-minute span but the Blue Devils held a 6-4 lead and did not let up.The Blue Devils tallied seven goals in 18 minutes to take them into the fourth quarter with an 11-6 lead. DeSimone, Landry,andall found the back of the net during that run.Virginia tacked on its final two goals of the contest in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter beforeandnotched two more for Duke.Duke outshot Virginia 27-20, won the battle of the draw control (16-9) and the ground ball game (18-16). Jenner led the way in the draw control circle with 10, good for her 12th game this season with 10 or more.provided a big spark off the bench and ended the game with a career-high three caused turnovers and three ground balls.Virginia was led by Morgan Schwab and Kiki Shaw with three points each. Goalkeeper Ashley Vernon recorded eight saves in net.Duke travels to Blacksburg, Va., to take on Virginia Tech Thursday evening at 7 p.m., on ACCN.For more information on Duke women’s lacrosse, follow the Blue Devils on Twitter Facebook and Instagram by searching “DukeWLAX.