DURHAM, N.C. - The 10th-ranked Blue Devil field hockey team posted a 3-1 victory over unranked Drexel on Saturday afternoon at Williams Field.
Duke scored on its second shot of the game, as freshman Susan Ferger tipped in a rebound off sophomore Amie Survilla’s previous shot attempt to put the Blue Devils on top, 1-0, at the 8:36 mark. The goal was Ferger’s second of the season.
Four minutes later, a Survilla shot attempt off a penalty corner was saved by Drexel keeper Colleen McAndrew, but senior Shayna McGeehan put in the rebound to put Duke ahead, 2-0. McGeehan netted a goal in similar fashion in last Sunday’s win over Radford, as the Grantville, Pa., native now has two goals on the season and three for her career.
Duke took the 2-0 lead into the halftime break, as the Blue Devils held a 10-5 shot advantage and Drexel held a 4-3 advantage in penalty corners for the half. McAndrew had three saves in the initial stanza, while Duke senior goalie Caitlin Williams was credited with one stop.
The second half saw Duke start out with a penalty corner opportunity, but sophomore Lauren Miller’s shot was blocked in the circle and Drexel gained control of the ball and headed downfield. The Dragons then received back-to-back corners, but were unable to convert as Williams saved the first shot attempt and the second went wide.
At the 49:44 mark, the Blue Devils increased their advantage to 3-0, as junior Marian Dickinson netted her first goal of the season on a pass from junior Laura Suchoski from outside of the circle. The assist was Suchoski’s third of the year.
At the 55-minute mark, Drexel called a timeout then came out to score, as Sarah Gostomski put the Dragons on the board to put the score at 3-1.
Williams notched two saves in the final 15 minutes of the game to keep the Dragons from getting any closer, as Duke came away with the 3-1 victory.
Duke out-shot Drexel, 16-12, while the Dragons held an 8-4 advantage in penalty corners. Each goalie was credited with four saves on the day.
“Drexel was a good defensive team and we knew that,” said head coach Beth Bozman, who secured her 76th win at Duke versus the Dragons. “We could have executed better at times, but we got three goals. It was great to see Marian [Dickinson] score her first goal of the season.”
The Blue Devils improve to 4-3 (0-1 ACC), while the Dragons fall to 4-3 (0-0 CAA) on the season. Duke controls the all-time series with Drexel, 2-0, as today’s contest marked just the second time the two squads have met.
Duke’s next contest will take place tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Williams Field as the Blue Devils square off against 13th-ranked Old Dominion (1-5, 0-0 CAA).
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