RICHMOND, Va. - Freshman Taylor Trimble totaled a career best five points on four goals and an assist as the fifth-ranked Duke women's lacrosse team earned a 17-13 road victory over Richmond Friday afternoon at Robins Stadium.
"The good thing is that our offense got back on track from Sunday's effort at Vanderbilt," said head coach Kerstin Kimel. I'm really pleased with that and what we worked on in practice really showed. Defensively, it was not a great effort by us. The good thing is we can get better from here and move on and look forward to seeing Northwestern on Sunday."
Duke led by five at the half and built an eight-goal lead in the second half before Richmond closed the margin with a 6-2 run over the final 20 minutes of play. Trimble led all scorers on the day, followed closely by senior Kim Wenger and junior Makenzie Hommel, who both totaled four points on three goals and an assist.
The Blue Devils fell behind 2-0 early, but utilized a 6-0 run to take a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way. Wenger put Duke on the board with a free position shot, followed by goals from Hommel and redshirt senior Emma Hamm, who finished with a goal, two assists and seven draw controls.
Trimble answered a Richmond goal with back-to-back scores midway through the first half to give the Blue Devils an 8-3 advantage midway through the opening period. The Spiders cut Duke's lead to three, but The Blue Devils responded with a three-minute, 4-0 run. Duke received a goal each from sophomore Taylor Virden, freshman Chelsea Landon, Trimble and Hommel during that span.
Richmond tallied two goals just before halftime to cut Duke's lead to 12-7 at the intermission. The first half belonged to the Blue Devils as Duke led 23-15 in shots and 14-6 in draw controls.
Three unanswered goals to start the second half, capped by Maurer's free position goal with 28:32 remaining, extended the Blue Devils' advantage to 15-7. Despite the deficit, the Spiders continued to fight, but Richmond could not overcome Duke's lead in the end.
For the game, the Blue Devils held a 37-28 advantage in shots, while dominating the draw 22-10. Both goalies registered double-digit save totals with Richmond's Victoria Roebuck making 16 and Duke senior Mollie Mackler recording a season-high 13.
Duke will have a short turnaround prior to its next outing with the Blue Devils taking on No. 1 Northwestern Sunday, February 19 in Durham.