CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Marian Dickinson netted two goals and freshman Susan Ferger added one tally, as the 15th-ranked Blue Devil field hockey team notched its first ACC victory with a 3-2 win over 10th-ranked Boston College on Friday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Blue Devils improve to 6-5 (1-2 ACC), while the Eagles fall to 7-3 (1-2 ACC).
Duke came out strong, as Ferger netted her fourth goal of the season two minutes into the contest to give the Blue Devils a quick 1-0 lead. Dickinson then found the net at the 23-minute mark on a pass from freshman Sarah Schoffstall to increase Duke's advantage to 2-0.
The Eagles' Bob Dirks got BC on the board six and a half minutes later, to make the score 2-1, an advantage Duke would carry into the halftime break.
Duke held a 9-6 shot advantage in the initial stanza, as both squads tallied two penalty corners. Blue Devil senior goalie Caitlin Williams was credited with two saves while Eagle keeper Julia Berkowitz made four stops.
The second half saw the Blue Devils come out on fire once again, as Dickinson netted her second goal of the night six minutes into the stanza to make the score 3-1 in Duke's favor.
Boston College converted a penalty stroke taken by Dirks at the 60-minute mark to pull within one at 3-2, but it was not enough as Duke came away with the win.
"It was really hard-fought game," said head coach Beth Bozman. "Both teams played hard down to the last minute. Caitlin [Williams] had a great game and Laura [Suchoski] was awesome. We really came out strong and our strength in the beginning of the game was the difference in the game."
In an evenly-played game, Boston College held a narrow shot advantage at 13-12, and the Eagles had six penalty corner opportunites to the Blue Devils' five corner opportunities. Each goalie ended the game with five saves.
Duke will be in action on Sunday versus No. 14 Boston University at 12 p.m. in Chestnut Hill, Mass., before returning home on Oct. 6 to take on defending NCAA champion Maryland.
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