DURHAM, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2013) - The William and Mary lacrosse team fell at No. 7 Duke, 15-8, on Sunday afternoon in Durham, N.C.
The Tribe (1-1) trailed by just three goals midway through the second half, but the Blue Devils (4-0) recorded the contest's final four scores to earn their fourth consecutive victory.
Junior Taelor Salmon led W&M with four points on three goals and one assist, while senior Kyrstin Mackrides totaled three goals and sophomore Kaleigh Noon provided three assists and three draw controls.
Things looked good for the Tribe early in the contest, as it jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the opening 6:03. After Makenzie Hommel put Duke ahead 1-0 with a goal on the game's opening possession, W&M responded with consecutive scores by senior Katie Stillwell, Noon and Salmon.
However, the Blue Devils countered the Tribe's run with nine unanswered goals to build a 10-3 advantage with 8:24 remaining in the opening half.
The Green and Gold held DU scoreless during the remainder of the first stanza and got a pair of goals from Mackrides, as it headed to the locker room trailing 10-5.
As was the case in the opening half, Duke got on the scoreboard first in the second frame, but the Tribe responded with three unanswered goals. Salmon provided the first two scores during the run, while Mackrides' third goal of the afternoon narrowed the margin to 11-8 with 15:57 remaining.
However, Duke halted the run with a timeout and outscored W&M 4-0 during the remainder of the contest.
Hommel led Duke with four points on three goals and an assist, while Taylor Virden provided a game-high five draw controls and four ground balls.
The Tribe will return to action when it hosts No. 13 Ohio State at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on Wednesday at 3 p.m.