Late first-half run sinks Jays women

Duke 12 Johns Hopkins 7


DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke used a strong first half to defeat Johns Hopkins, 12-7, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA women's Division I tournament yesterday.

The seventh-seeded Blue Jays finished the season 12-8, having tied the school record for wins in a season.

The second-seeded Blue Devils scored first when Allie Johnson scored at 1:38.

Hopkins junior midfielder Lauren Schwarzmann tied the game at 8:53, dodging from the top of the arc and scoring on a low shot.

Duke then scored three straight, moving out to a 4-1 lead with 12:02 left in the first half. The Blue Jays called a timeout and scored two goals.

Junior midfielder Kirby Houck passed to junior Kadie Stamper in the middle of the arc. Stamper caught it and scored on a quick shot.

Houck then scored on a hard shot to the far post to make it 4-3 with 5:54 to play in the half.

Duke scored two goals on free-position shots from Kristen Waagbo and Caroline Cryer to extend the lead. The Blue Devils got two more in the closing minute of the half for an 8-3 lead.

After halftime, Duke scored twice in the first 59 seconds to take a 10-3 lead.

Hopkins tried to rally, but the deficit was far too large.

Fifth-year senior Sarah Walsh found freshman Sam Schrum alone in front of the Blue Devils' cage for a quick score at 4:03.

Four minutes later, Danielle Kachulis scored for Duke on a free-position shot.

Hopkins senior attacker Mary Key answered with her 66th goal of the season after forcing a turnover on a Duke clearing attempt.

Steph Janice then scored on a free-position shot and the Blue Jays were trailing 11-6 with 14:31 to play.

Duke would score again as Waagbo picked up a loose ball after a save by Hopkins goalie Lizzie O'Ferrall and shot just inside the far post.

The game's final goal came from Key with 8:13 to play.

After a Blue Jays clearing pass, Key beat her defender to the goal and scored to make it 12-7.

Duke would gain possession off the ensuing draw and the Blue Devils maintained it for the majority of the final eight minutes of the game.

Johns Hopkins' senior class of Key, Walsh, Janice, Alex Nolan, Emma Wallace and Cherie Michaud finished their careers with a 47-23 record, the most Division I wins by a class in school history.

Key finished her college career with 383 points on 232 goals and 149 assists.

She's third in NCAA history in career points and second in assists.

Johns Hopkins 3 4 - 7

Duke 8 4 - 12

Goals: JH-Key 2, Houck, Janice, Stamper, Schrum, Schwarzmann; D-Cryer 3, Waagbo 2, Jester 2, Sanford 2, Johnson, Kachulis, Adam. Assists: JH-Houck, Janice, Walsh; D-Waagbo 2, Jester. Saves: JH-O'Ferrall 6; D-Imbesi 7.

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