DURHAM, N.C. - In the first of two games in the Tar Heel State this week, the No. 13 Dartmouth women's lacrosse team fell to No. 6 Duke, 13-5, Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
The loss was the second straight for the Big Green, who drop to 4-2 overall this season with both defeats coming at the hands of teams ranked in the top-10 nationally (No. 2 Florida). The Blue Devils improve to 8-1 overall with the victory.
"I thought we were outplayed today and Duke attacked us right from the start," head coach Amy Patton said. "We were on our heels most of the game and didn't make the most of our opportunities when we had the chances to capitalize.
"The game really came down to draws and putting them on the eight-meter arc too many times. Those are things we really need to improve upon moving forward," Patton continued. "Today will be a game that helps us build character for the rest of the way out."
Senior Hana Bowers was the team's top offensive player on this overcast day in Durham, scoring twice to bring her season total to a team-leading 15 goals this spring.
Fellow senior Kelsey Johnson scored her second marker in as many games; the lone tally of the first half for Dartmouth as the home team took a 6-1 lead into the intermission.
After Duke built its lead to 9-1 in the opening minutes of the second half, Bowers and sophomore Sarah Byrne combined for three straight to bring the Big Green back to within five, 9-4.
The home team would finish the afternoon on a 4-1 run with junior Liz Calby's 13th goal of the season the bright spot for the Green and White during that stretch.
Junior Kristen Giovanniello faced her toughest opposing offensive unit of the season, turning aside a season-high 11 shots in game. Her counterpart in Duke's Kelsey Duryea, picked up seven saves in the winning effort.
Makenzie Hommel scored four times for the victors, while teammate Maddy Morrissey had three goals and an assist to match the game-high four points.
The Blue Devils held the advantage in shots (32-12) and draw controls (13-7), while the Big Green picked up more ground balls (14-11) and committed the same number of turnovers as their opponents (10-10).
In the meeting between the two exactly one year ago, Dartmouth used a goal early in double overtime to knock off then-No. 3 Duke, 9-8, in Hanover.
The Green will shift their attention to Tuesday's game at Davidson, with the opening draw control set for 6 p.m. at Richardson Field.