PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – In a contest that featured three lead changes and six ties, 15th-ranked Duke took eighth-ranked Penn to the brink but came up just short in 10-9 loss to the Quakers Saturday at Franklin Field.
Facing a two-goal deficit midway through the second half, the Blue Devils fought back to tie the contest with five minutes remaining. However, the squad was unable to answer a final tally by the Quakers (7-1), falling to 6-2 on the season.
Senior goalkeeper Jamie Lockwood totaled nine saves in her first start of the season, anchoring a defensive unit that held Penn below its season scoring average. Sophomore attacker Charlotte North led the offense with a game-high four goals.
“I was really pleased with our defensive effort,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “Jamie did an awesome job and I thought our defense really stepped up. Penn has a really precision-driven offense and our defense did a good job of limiting their looks. Both teams hit a bunch of pipes today – I think we had some bad luck in that regard. But overall, Penn has a pretty deadly offense and I thought our kids did a good job of taking away the things they wanted to do.”
The opening minutes featured a defensive battle, with Lockwood making a pair of early stops. The Blue Devil defense followed by forcing a Penn shot clock violation before North and senior Olivia Jenner got the scoring started.
The Quakers went ahead on four straight tallies but Duke countered with a pair by sophomore midfielder Catriona Barry and North following two wins at the draw. The Blue Devils knotted up the score twice before retaking the lead on a Katie Cronin goal that was set up by Lockwood’s fourth save. Cronin’s fourth marker of the season gave Duke a 6-5 advantage heading into the intermission.
The teams traded tallies to start the second half, though both defensive units turned in strong possessions. Lockwood pushed her saves total to seven before the lead changed hands and the Quakers went in front, 8-7, midway through the period.
After Penn built a two-goal lead, North secured a hat trick with her third goal and junior defender Callie Humphrey came up with back-to-back caused turnovers. Lockwood added a save on a fast break by the Quakers and North scored again to tie the contest at 9-9 with five minutes remaining.
Penn responded at the 4:30 mark to go back in front but a series of turnovers left the home squad with possession in the final minute. The Quakers ran out the clock for the one-goal victory.
“We went down two, we tied the game,” Kimel said. “We just didn’t do a great job in those closing minutes to put ourselves in a position to win.”
Shots were even for the contest at 28 apiece while six draw controls by Olivia Jenner and three from freshman midfielder Veronica Hineman helped Duke control the category, 12-9. Penn held the upper hand in ground balls (17-11) and caused turnovers (8-4).
Zoe Belodeau and Abby Bosco had two goals each to pace the Quakers and goalkeeper Mikaila Cheeseman recorded nine saves.
The Blue Devils return home for a Monday matchup with Davidson at Koskinen Stadium. The contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra beginning at 4 p.m.