PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Graduate student Cherry Seaborn fired a goal on a breakaway run in the 88th minute to lift the 10th-ranked Duke field hockey team to a 3-2 double overtime victory over Rutgers Sunday afternoon at the Scarlet Knights’ Bauer Track and Field/Field Hockey Complex. Seaborn’s gamewinner broke a stalemate that lasted nearly 75 minutes, sending the Blue Devils to the win in their first overtime contest of the 2013 season.
The beginning of the first sudden victory period saw the Duke offense control the tempo, as the unit registered nine shots and two penalty corners within the first 10 minutes of play. Despite the barrage of shots from the visiting squad, the score remained locked at 2-2, forcing a second overtime.
Seaborn took off on a breakaway about three minutes into the second overtime, notching her third goal of the season in dramatic fashion. Her performance capped a balanced attacking effort by the Blue Devils, which outshot Rutgers by a 35-6 margin. The 35 shots were the most by a Duke team since the squad posted 38 in a 10-1 win over Appalachian State Oct. 25, 2008.
“We put on some great attacking pressure throughout the entire game,” said head coach Pam Bustin. “Cherry finally got the ball on her stick and the girls supporting her on her run forward kept the defenders occupied … I’m really proud of the team for not letting frustrations and letting the excitement and pressure of the game building get in the way of them just keeping structure and keeping control of the pace of the play.”
Duke got on the board early in the contest, as junior midfielder Abby Beltrani registered her first goal of the season on a rebound shot at the 29:00 mark. The Scarlet Knights answered just over a minute later on an unassisted tally by Ashpal Bhogal before senior forward Emmie Le Marchand scored for the second time in as many days to put the Blue Devils back up by one.
Le Marchand’s goal in the 10th minute pushed her career points total to 100, making her the 11th Blue Devil in program history to top the century mark.
Rutgers tied the game again in the 13th minute, with Nicole Imbriaco providing the response on a baseline feed from Katie Champion. Duke continued to attack the cage, outshooting the Scarlet Knights 11-3 by the end of the period, but the score remained 2-2 at halftime.
The Blue Devils earned six more penalty corners to start the second half, dominating time of possession. Led by solid goalkeeping on both ends of the field, neither team’s defense would concede the rest of the way in regulation, sending the game to overtime.
For the match, Duke totaled 15 corners to the Scarlet Knights’ two and had nine different players record shots on goal. On the defensive end, redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Blazing posted three saves and kept Rutgers off the board for the remainder of the contest following the two early goals.
“Credit to a great center back performance and a great goalkeeping performance by Rutgers,” Bustin said. “Duke field hockey has to come out prepared to play Duke field hockey. It’s something we say but today it was put to the test. It was a great lesson learned.”
Following this weekend’s road trip, the Blue Devils return home to host William & Mary Friday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. and Old Dominion Sunday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. Sunday’s matchup with the Monarchs will be streamed live on GoDuke.com Inside Access.
- With her goal in the first half, senior forward Emmie Le Marchand became the 11th player in program history to reach the 100-point mark for her career. She also moved into a tie for ninth place on Duke’s all-time career goals chart with 42.
- Le Marchand has also registered a point in all four of Duke’s games on the season.
- Duke topped the 30-shot mark for the first time since posting 30 shots in an 11-2 victory over Kent State Sept. 30, 2012.