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Senior Nora McCallion scored her 100th career goal against Duke on Thursday.
Courtesy: Sideline Photos, LLC
Strong Second Half Sends #19/16 Duke Past Women's Lacrosse, 16-10
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  03/16/2017

PHILADELPHIA – Leading by one goal coming out of the halftime break, the Blue Devils outscored the Hawks 9-4 in the second half as the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse squad fell to #19/16 Duke, 16-10, on Sweeney Field on Thursday afternoon. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 2-4 while the Blue Devils snap a three-game losing streak to improve to 5-3. 

Sophomore midfielder Rebecca Lane recorded a game-high six points on three goals and three assists while senior attacker Nora McCallion put away her 100th career goal midway through the first half. 

Senior midfielder Maggie Egan opened the second half with an equalizer to even up the score, 7-7, at the 25:28 mark, but Duke responded with four consecutive goals over a 7:25 span (21:39, 20:05, 19:56, 14:14) to earn a three-goal lead, its biggest of the game at that point.

Lane put away back-to-back goals within 26 seconds of one another (13:25, 12:59) to bring the Hawks back to within two, but the Blue Devils used another four-goal run (9:25, 5:03, 2:15, 1:57) to extend their advantage by six, 15-9.

Junior midfielder Aly Gormley put away her first score of the season to close the Hawks' deficit to five with 1:18 to play, but Duke's Kitty Morrissey gave the Blue Devils their 16th of the day with 28 ticks left on the scoreboard.

For the game, the Blue Devils owned a 39-18 advantage in shots, including a second half where they took 18 total and landed nine for goals. Duke also held edges in ground balls (19-17) and draw controls (17-10).

Junior defender Kristen Kelbon recorded a single-game career high four ground balls and added two caused turnovers while sophomore midfielder Hayley Sabol added three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

SJU opened the game on a four-goal run with goals from freshman attacker Hope Anhut (27:00), McCallion (21:12, 17:53), and freshman midfielder Julia Pash (16:12). McCallion's second goal at the 17:53 mark brought her to 100 for her career.

However, the Blue Devils scored seven of the game's next eight goals to go ahead, 7-5, with 1:40 before the halftime break.

Lane scored on a feed from Anhut with just eight seconds on the clock to bring the Hawks to within one after the first 30:00.

Senior goalkeeper Amelia Deibler (1-3) made 10 saves - five in each half - in the full 60:00.

Saint Joseph's returns to action this Sunday, March 19 at Mount Saint Mary's. Start time at Waldron Family Stadium in Emmitsburg, Md. is slated for 1:00 p.m.

Photos from today's game will be made available for purchase at sjuhawksphotos.photoshelter.com.

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