Dukes Downed by Niagara, 17-14
Feb. 25, 2018
PITTSBURGH Maddie Hart set a new school record with 13 draw controls while Kirsten Barnes and Carlee Braverman each recorded hat tricks, but the Duquesne lacrosse team fell by a score of 17-14 to visiting Niagara on Sunday afternoon in a non-conference matchup at Rooney Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Duquesne (0-3) gained a 6-4 advantage with three consecutive goals, the last by Carlee Braverman with just over 13 minutes to play in the first half.
- The Purple Eagles (3-0) responded by scoring eight of the next nine goals
- Niagara built their edge to 15-9 at the 13:05 mark of the second half, before the Dukes mounted a comeback with four of the next five goals over the following 11 minutes of action. Jill Vacanti's goal off an assist by Michaela Connolly with 2:30 showing on the second half clock minimized the Purple Eagles' lead to 16-13.
- Niagara answered with a Carolina Crump goal on the other
- Maddie Hart registered a school-record 13 draw controls for the Dukes to go with a pair of goals. She topped the previous record of 10 draw controls set by Amanda Kidder against Richmond in the 2012 Atlantic 10 semifinals. In addition, Hart scored two goals and picked up a team-high four ground balls for Duquesne. The Dukes held a 19-13 edge in draw controls for the game.
- Kirsten Barnes finished with a hat trick for the second straight game, while Carlee Braverman also netted a hat trick for the Dukes. This marks a career-high for the freshman Braverman.
- Michaela Connolly finished with a pair of goals and two assists for a team-high four points in the contest.
- Jill Vacanti also chipped in with two goals for the Dukes.
- Caroline Crump scored a game-high seven goals for Niagara.
The Dukes travel to nearby Loretto, Pa. to take on St. Francis (Pa.) on Thursday, March 1 at 4 p.m. ET at Degol Field. Duquesne topped the Red Flash 15-11 last season at Rooney Field.