PHILADELPHIA – Senior forward Rose Tynan fired a pair of goals to lead the Duke field hockey team to a convincing 4-1 victory over fifth-ranked Penn State Sunday at Temple.
The fourth-ranked Blue Devils rebounded from consecutive one-goal losses to top-10 teams, improving to 4-2 on the season. Duke’s defense shined in the top-five battle, holding the Nittany Lions to a single tally inside the first 20 minutes.
“We did a lot of work from Friday until today,” said head coach Pam Bustin. “We had a good practice at Temple Saturday. Really we just needed to reset back to our game and get back to the things that are important to us as a team. It was not perfect by any means but certainly much better and more consistent. I was really proud that we were able to get back to that against a great team like Penn State who definitely challenged us.”
Penn State broke through first in the neutral-site matchup, converting on a penalty corner opportunity just 19:23 into the contest. The Blue Devils quickly countered, with Tynan finding the back of the cage for the second straight game. Her touch in the 25th minute was good for her fifth of the season and evened up the match at 1-1.
After the teams headed into halftime with the score still tied, junior back Jillian Wolgemuth put Duke in front in the 42nd minute. Wolgemuth’s first goal of the season came on a penalty corner attempt, with senior Caroline Andretta and junior Margaux Paolino providing the assists.
“We’re doing a great job on our attack penalty corners,” Bustin said. “We still can get better. Our timing and precision can be better but we’re getting there. We have a lot of really strong options.”
Andretta made it 3-1 on a goal of her own 20 minutes later, catching the Penn State goalkeeper out of the cage. Sophomore midfielder Lily Posternak earned the assist as the Blue Devils stretched it to a two-goal margin with less than eight minutes remaining. Defensively, Duke would not surrender a shot by the Nittany Lions the rest of the way.
Tynan added a final tally inside the final minute of regulation to seal the top-five victory.
“Our leadership overall was fantastic,” Bustin said. “From the way our leaders carried themselves to the way they set the tone for the rest of the team … You earn the win, but it was also about the confidence that when we refocus we can come together for the good of the team. We had really great moments of fantastic field hockey today.”
Five different Blue Devils finished with a point in the win, including Tynan, who matched her career high with two goals. Bustin’s squad totaled 17 shots for the game, while penalty corners were even at seven apiece. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Sammi Steele anchored a solid defensive performance by Duke with three saves. As a unit, the defense limited a Penn State team that entered the weekend averaging over 20 shots a game to just 11 looks.
The Blue Devils continue their road swing next weekend, traveling to Syracuse, N.Y., for the ACC opener against the Orange. The matchup is slated for a 4 p.m. start Friday on ACC Network Extra.
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- Sunday’s meeting marked the first between Duke and Penn State since 2011. The Blue Devils earned their first victory over the Nittany Lions since 2004.