FINAL, Pennsylvania 9, Duke 8: Game over, season over for Duke, which lost in the national semifinal for the fourth straight year. This time, the Blue Devils were up 7-4 before forcing overtime and finally losing 4:08 into the extra period. Carolyn Davis led the unranked Blue Devils with five goals on the night. Game story later tonight, more discussion tomorrow. What do you think of the loss?
OVERTIME, Duke 8, Pennsylvania 8: The Blue Devils squandered a 7-4 second-half lead and the Quakers took an 8-7 advantage with 5:40 left, but Duke’s Lindsay Gilbride forced overtime with a minute remaining with a goal of her own. The teams are in between periods now, and we’ll let you know who advances to the final with more analysis later on.
HALFTIME, Duke 4, Pennsylvania 3: Carolyn Davis has two goals and goalkeeper Kim Imbesi has been solid in net as the Blue Devils lead No. 2 Pennsylvania 4-3 at halftime of the national semifinal at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.
Both offenses started well, but neither team scored in the final 12 minutes of the half.
Freshman Emma Hamm, one of Duke’s leading scorers, left the game early in the period with what appeared to be a pulled muscle and hasn’t returned. Check back after the game for more complete coverage as the Blue Devils try to advance into the national championship Sunday against top-seeded Northwestern.
–by Madeline Perez
Usually, we print our summer stories every Thursday, when the summer editions hit newstands. But here’s a treat to coincide with the launching of dukechroniclesports.com: a sneak preview of the men’s and women’s lacrosse game stories that will appear in the newspaper Thursday. Before the national media descends on Foxborough Mass., and Towson Md., to cover the men’s and women’s Final Fours, respectively, we thought we’d offer up the stories from the writers who have covered the teams from their first game: The Chronicle’s beat reporters. Here are the most interesting quotes from both stories:
Stay tuned to The Chronicle online and The Chronicle’s Sports Blog this week as we bring you game stories, analysis pieces and a steady stream of blog posts from Foxborough, where we’ll have two reporters and two photographers, and Baltimore, where we’ll have one of each.
- GREER LEADS DUKE TO FINAL FOUR: “I guess that’s part of their game plan. They were yelling and jawing at us,” Ned Crotty said of Ohio State’s pregame taunts. “Obviously, it didn’t work. We went up 9-1 in the first quarter, and it’s kind of tough to talk smack after you’re down like that.”
- BLUE DEVILS UPSET MARYLAND TO ADVANCE IN NCAA TOURNAMENT: “This Final Four definitely means a lot. Not a lot more, but it’s very gratifying to know that we really had to work to get here,” junior goalkeeper Kim Imbesi said. “We had an up-and-down season. We’re a very young team, we had to play our first two games on the road against very difficult teams, and just knowing that we can come together as a team is such a great feeling.”
–by Ben Cohen
Behind two goals from Megan Del Monte and Lindsay Gilbride, the Blue Devils upset No. 3 Maryland 9-7 today to advance to the Final Four for the fourth straight year. The team will play the winner of No. 2 Penn-Boston next Friday in Towson, Md.
After an 11-7 regular season, Duke has turned it on in the postseason, first upsetting No. 6 Georgetown last weekend and now getting past the Terrapins. It was a great draw for Kerstin Kimel’s squad, as the Blue Devils beat both teams in the regular season. After losing Caroline Cryer, the team’s best player, early in the season to an injury, earning the national semifinals is even more of an accomplishment.
Full game story will run in Thursday’s edition of The Chronicle.
–by Ben Cohen