Princeton outlasts Duke, takes victory in third overtime, 9-8

Second-seeded Tigers next face James Madison

May 15, 2000|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Duke women's lacrosse team showed up at the Class of 1952 Stadium wearing T-shirts that read "60 more minutes." Unfortunately, the Blue Devils did not know that it would take more than 68 minutes to decide the winner, and that it wouldn't be Duke.

Sophomore Lauren Simone scored the game-winning goal with 41 seconds left in the third overtime yesterday to lift second-seeded Princeton over Duke, 9-8, and into the NCAA Final Four for the first time since 1996.

Princeton (14-3) faces James Madison Friday at 8:30 p.m. at the College of New Jersey.

Duke (11-6) would reel off three consecutive goals to take a 4-1 lead at the 23:12 mark.

The Tigers cut the lead in half when Kim Smith, of Baltimore, tallied a free position goal with less than three minutes to play in the half, and Duke led 4-2 at the break.

Princeton scored five unanswered goals in the first 15 minutes after intermission.

Down 8-6 with seven minutes left, Duke tied it on goals by Kate Kaiser and Lauren Gallagher.

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