DURHAM, N.C. - The 12th-ranked Blue Devil field hockey team dropped a 4-2 decision to No. 2 Maryland on Saturday afternoon at Williams Field. The Terps improve to 13-0 (3-0 ACC) on the year, while the Blue Devils fall to 7-6 (1-3 ACC).
Duke came out strong as sophomore Amie Survilla dribbled around a Maryland defender on the right side of the cage and netted her fourth goal of the season just five and a half minutes into the contest to give Duke a 1-0 lead.
Behind stellar defensive play up and down the field the Blue Devils held their 1-0 advantage until the 31:20 mark, when Katie O’Donnell found Nicole Muracco inside the circle on a two-on-one breakaway, and Muracco connected for her 12th tally of the year to tie the score at 1-1.
For the half, Maryland out-shot (7-5) and out-cornered (3-1) Duke, while senior Blue Devil goalie Caitlin Williams recorded two stops and Terrapin keeper Kathryn Masson notched one.
To start the second half, the Terrapins attempted four shots in the initial five minutes, but Williams saved three while one went wide.
At the 43:59 mark, Janneke van Leeuwen found the net for the sixth time this year on a pass from O’Donnell to give Maryland a 2-1 lead, but Duke battled back and Survilla connected on a penalty stroke at 51:43 to knot the score at 2-2. The goal was Survilla’s second on the day and fifth for the season.
Less than a minute later, O’Donnell ran downfield and netted her 13th goal of the season, as the Terrapins took a 3-2 lead with 18 minutes left to play.
Maryland then converted a penalty corner at the 54:20 mark to increase its advantage to 4-2, as Ellen Ott slammed a hard-hit shot past Williams for her second goal of the year. Van Leeuwen was credited with the assist on the play.
The remainder of the game saw both teams excel on defense, as Williams saved two of Maryland’s final three shot attempts while the other was blocked by a Duke defender. The Blue Devils managed two shot attempts in the final 15 minutes but could not convert, as both were saved by Masson and Maryland came away with a 4-2 win.
The Terrapins out-shot the the Blue Devils, 17-8, and also held a 9-2 advantage in penalty corners. Williams secured seven saves on the day for Duke, pushing her season total to 79, a total that surpasses her season mark from 2006 (72). Masson was credited with two saves for Maryland.
Duke will travel to Norfolk, Va., to take on Longwood (Oct. 13) and Old Dominion (Oct. 14) in two non-conference tilts next weekend. Both contests are set for 1 p.m. and will be played at ODU’s Foreman Field.