DURHAM, N.C. – Senior forward Caroline Andretta led the scoring charge for the Blue Devils Sunday in a 5-2 victory over James Madison at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. Andretta tallied two goals inside the first 45 minutes as fourth-ranked Duke rebounded from a Friday night loss to top-ranked North Carolina.
With the win, the Blue Devils’ second this season over a CAA opponent, head coach Pam Bustin’s squad improved to 7-3.
“We were able to really generate a lot of attack with our numbers coming from the midfield, which we really didn’t have that much success doing on Friday,” Bustin said. “Second half, we were a little bit more front foot on our defense, really winning some interceptions and coming up with the balls that were 50-50. We just were more alert second half and I was pleased with that defensively.”
The Dukes held the upper hand early, taking the lead in the sixth minute on a tip-in goal by Ashley Gippe. Duke would provide an answer just over 12 minutes later on a similar play, with Andretta finishing on a ball from junior back Jillian Wolgemuth. The 1-1 score would hold through to halftime.
The Blue Devils came out the aggressor in the second half, receiving three goals in succession from junior Margaux Paolino, Andretta and sophomore Libby Thompson. Paolino and Andretta’s tallies were both generated by Duke corner opportunities, and Thompson notched her first career goal on a backhand to make it 4-1 in the 47th minute.
James Madison countered on a fast break opportunity, with Elfi de Rooij pushing a ball over the goal line. However, the Blue Devil defense would only allow one additional shot the rest of the way. Freshman midfielder Kiki Rozemeijer tacked on a tally in the 59th minute, taking a feed from Paolino and rocketing a backhand shot into the cage to seal the non-conference victory.
“After Friday we wanted to get back to our game and our attacking mindset,” Andretta said. “We were a little slow in the first half so we just came out getting back to our game – passing and moving.”
Duke allowed just three shots for the contest while totaling a season-high 33 on the other end. The Blue Devils placed 19 of their looks on goal and also led in corners, 10-2.
Goalkeeper Caitlin Nelson of the Dukes registered 13 saves in the loss.
Sunday’s contest wrapped up Reunion Weekend at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium, with dozens of alumnae returning to celebrate the past, present and future of the program.
“It was an awesome weekend,” Bustin said. “Just so fun to see to see the different decades of players still with big smiles on their faces and so much pride for Duke field hockey. They had a chance to come together with our current team and it was really powerful.”
Up next, Duke heads back out on the road, resuming ACC play at Wake Forest Friday at 5 p.m.