BOSTON – The second-ranked Duke field hockey team rolled to its sixth straight win Sunday, dispatching No. 22 Boston University, 5-1, at New Balance Field. Junior forward Rose Tynan spearheaded a balanced attack with two goals, while three other Blue Devils also scored.
Duke remained unbeaten this season against non-conference foes while improving to 9-1 overall.
"We fought hard to win that game on Friday night and it wasn't our best performance, said head coach Pam Bustin. "We had to figure that out. We wanted to get back to our game and get back to the fundamentals of hockey and the fundamentals of what makes Duke field hockey succeed. Everyone came on board and made that happen today."
Tynan sparked the offensive barrage just five minutes in, knocking home the opening score for the second straight contest. She finished on a feed from senior forward Ashley Kristen to extend her point-scoring streak to six consecutive games. Scherrer chimed in a short while later, corralling a loose ball and firing it home at the 13:51 mark for her fifth goal of the year.
A penalty corner opportunity in the 19th minute set up Duke’s third goal, as Pezzuti redirected an Alyssa Chillano strike at the post.
The Terriers got on the board toward the end of the half, converting on their first corner opportunity of the day to cut it to 3-1 at the intermission.
Boston University generated some dangerous attack to start the second period, but was turned away by the Blue Devil defense. The solid effort in the backfield set up two more Duke goals, as Kristen put away a strong backhand from Tynan into the circle and Tynan capped the day with a final tally at the 64:55 mark. The forward from Auckland, New Zealand broke free from three Terrier defenders and rocketed a shot into the back of the boards to push her season goals total to nine.
"Everybody committed to staying involved and to stay with the game plan," Bustin said. "Even if it doesn't work out right at first or there are other obstacles - it wasn't an easy win today at all. But we just stayed to the game plan and we just kept on what we had to do ... The defense did a great job to attack our defensive game outside the circle. I think because our forwards and midfields made such an important change in how they affected the game today, it made it a bit easier for our backs."
The Blue Devils finished with a 10-6 advantage in shots, placing eight of the 10 looks on cage. Duke also registered assists on three of the five tallies on the afternoon and drew three penalty corners to two by Boston University.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Sammi Steele and the Terriers’ Millie Baker were credited with three saves each for the contest.
Up next, Duke returns to Durham for a five-game home stand. The squad hosts Syracuse Saturday, Oct. 7 and Iowa Sunday, Oct. 8, with both contests slated for noon starts on ACC Network Extra.
- The Blue Devils remained unbeaten against non-conference foes at 7-0.
- Head coach Pam Bustin earned her 90th victory at Duke with the result. She also recently surpassed the 250-win mark for her coaching career.
- Junior forward Rose Tynan matched her career high performance with five points (2g, 1a) on the afternoon.