NEWARK, Del. - The 10th-ranked Duke field hockey team won its fourth straight game on Sunday as the Blue Devils posted a 5-2 win over Penn at the University of Delaware’s Rullo Stadium.
Sophomore Amie Survilla netted her ninth goal of the season to get the Blue Devils rolling, as she knocked in a rebound off her own shot seven minutes into the contest to put Duke on top, 1-0.
At the 29:55 mark, junior Laura Suchoski connected for her sixth tally of the year when she slammed home a shot just inside the circle to increase the Blue Devils’ advantage to 2-0, a lead they would take into the halftime break.
Senior goalie Caitlin Williams notched three saves for the Blue Devils in the first half, while Quaker keeper Alanna Butera was credited with five stops. Duke out-shot Penn, 16-6, for the initial stanza and the Blue Devils earned five penalty corner opportunites to the Quakers’ one.
Just under 10 minutes into the second half, sophomore Lauren Miller increased Duke’s lead to 3-0 as she netted her fourth goal of the season on a pass from Suchoski.
A minute later, Penn got on the board as Meghan Rose converted on a penalty stroke to put the score at 3-1. The score was Rose’s seventh on the year.
Duke retaliated at the 50-minute mark to make the score 4-1 when junior Marian Dickinson found the net for the 11th time this season and fourth time on the weekend. Sophomore Brooke Patterson recorded an assist on the play.
Two minutes later, the Blue Devils struck again as junior Ashley Pultorak connected for an unassisted score - her second of the season - to give Duke a commanding 5-1 lead.
Nicole Black found the net for the Quakers at the 56:22 mark to bring Penn within three at 5-2, but Duke’s stellar defense held up and the Blue Devils came away with the victory.
Duke improves to 11-6 (1-3 ACC) on the year with the win, while Penn falls to 7-8 (3-2 Ivy).
For the game, Duke held the advantage in shots (27-15) and corners (11-5). Each goalie was credited with seven saves on the day.
The Blue Devils will close out the regular season with an ACC contest at Virginia next Saturday at 1 p.m.
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