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Hoyas Can't Catch Up to Blue Devils

Duke 10, Georgetown 7

By Christian Swezey
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, March 20, 2005; Page E12

A potential go-ahead goal by the third-ranked Georgetown women's lacrosse team was disallowed in the final minutes against No. 5 Duke yesterday. It turned out to be the last shot the Hoyas took.

Instead, the Blue Devils scored the game's final three goals in a 10-7 victory before 832 at North Kehoe Field. The first goal in the spurt, scored by senior Katie Laschinger off an assist from sophomore Kristen Waagbo, gave the Blue Devils an 8-7 lead with 7 minutes 45 seconds to play.

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Junior Katie Chrest won the next two draw controls and scored the next two goals for a 10-7 lead with 2:55 left. The Hoyas (3-1) did not have possession in the crucial run.

"They got a lot of the draw controls," said Ricky Fried, Georgetown's first-year coach. "We weren't able to stop them. That hurt us."

Duke (6-2) took a 5-0 lead after a goal by Chrest with 12:26 left in the first half. To that point, the Hoyas had been outshot 14-5 and were in the midst of going more than 10 minutes without a shot.

The Hoyas trailed 7-3 following a goal by Duke sophomore Michelle Menser early in the second half. But they scored four straight goals -- two by senior Catherine Elbe and two by sophomore Coco Stanwick -- to tie the game at 7 following a putback by Stanwick with 11:20 to play. They forced two saves by Duke junior goalkeeper Megan Huether, then appeared to take an 8-7 lead following a score by Elbe with 7:45 to play. But the goal was disallowed after a Georgetown player was ruled to have been in the crease.

"For me personally and for the team, we need to play right from the start the way we played the second half," Elbe said.

Stanwick finished with four goals and an assist and senior goalkeeper Sarah Robinson had six saves. Chrest and Laschinger each had three goals and Huether had 10 saves for Duke.

Chrest has done well in her career against the Hoyas. She entered yesterday having scored four, two and three goals, respectively, against Georgetown. Twice last year, however, the Hoyas won, including a 12-11 overtime win in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Trailing 8-7 yesterday, Georgetown went to an unusual pressure defense. Robinson came about 15 yards out of goal to try to force a turnover, leaving the goal open. Duke obliged with two late scores.

"They sort of played into our hands there, because we figure if they score we have a 50-50 chance of getting it back on a draw control," Fried said. "So there was some method to my madness there. Though I'm not sure it looked like it."

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