BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trailing by two goals in the second half, the 15th-ranked Duke field hockey team came charging back to force overtime, but the Blue Devils could not hold off Indiana in the end, falling 3-2 in the extra period Sunday afternoon at IU Field Hockey Complex.
The Blue Devils, who drop to 1-1 on the young season, received goals from senior Tara Jennings and junior Devon Gagliardi, while sophomore Emmie Le Marchand and senior Stefanie Fee recorded an assist each. The Hoosiers move to 2-0 with the win as Morgan Fleetwood led the way with two goals for Indiana. Despite the final outcome, Duke dominated Indiana in total shots, 19-6, and created nine penalty corner opportunities to five for the Hoosiers.
“We played really great,” said head coach Pam Bustin. “I couldn’t be prouder of the way we fought back and the kind of hockey we played in the second half to tie the game up. Today exposed some areas that we are going to continue to work on, but there’s no doubt we’re going to be a better team because of this game and because of the effort our kids made.”
An extremely physical game from the beginning, Indiana broke a scoreless tie just minutes before halftime on Fleetwood’s first goal of the game off a pass from Katie Griswold. The Hoosiers added to their lead early in the second frame before the momentum shifted strongly in the Blue Devils’ favor.
“It took us some time to adjust to the physicality of the game,” added Bustin. “A couple mental errors cost us some goals and got us in an early hole, but in the second half, we adjusted. We dominated the second half. Our press was fantastic and our backfield made the adjustments to shut down their attack.”
The adjustments paid off for the Blue Devils, who outshot the Hoosiers 12-1 in the second period. As a result of the increased pressure, Jennings rifled in a shot off a penalty corner opportunity in the 53rd minute to pull Duke within one with under 18 minutes to play.
Following a timeout with five minutes remaining, an open Gagliardi tied the score at two-all for her second goal in as many games, and regulation ended with a 2-2 stalemate. The two teams battled for nearly 13 minutes in overtime before Fleetwood put the game away for the Hoosiers on a penalty corner shot in the 83rd minute.
Duke returns to action Saturday, Sept. 3 as the Blue Devils face Delaware on the road at 12 p.m. before taking on Drexel Sunday, Sept. 4 at 11:30 a.m.