DURHAM, N.C. - No. 22 Duke fell to No. 7 Virginia 3-1 on Saturday, October 27 at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. The Blue Devils (7-10, 0-5 ACC) edged the Cavaliers in shots 17-15 and penalty corners 9-8 but eventually fell short in their final home game of the season.
""I am so proud of our fight and composure today as we battled against one of best attacking teams in the country," head coach Pam Bustin commented. "Ironically, our attack was also fantastic as we outshot and out cornered a great Virginia team. Virginia's goalkeeper had an amazing game and some impressive saves."
Virginia (15-3, 4-1 ACC) was the first to get on the board at the seven minute mark. Virginia's Rachel Sumfest was credited with the goal after collecting the ball off of teammate Paige Selenski's shot that bounced off the right post.
Duke evened the score 1-1 off its first penalty corner of the afternoon at the 22 minute mark. Senior Chelsea Amsley inserted the ball to junior Grace Christus who passed it through the legs of freshman Aileen Johnson to sophomore Martine Chichizola who smacked it hard enough for it to get into the goal through traffic.
Virginia responded at the 31:57 mark with an impressive play from Selenski who penetrated through several Duke defenders on the left side of the field and got a clear shot from a yard out to give them the 2-1 edge going into halftime.
In the second half, Virginia increased their lead to 3-1 off Sumfest's second goal of the afternoon. The sophomore collected a pass from the right side from teammate Elly Buckly directly in front of the goal for the score. Buckly was credited with the assist.
The Duke defense put forth an impressive effort on throughout the day which allowed for the Blue Devils to outshoot the Cavaliers and goalkeeper Lauren Blazing was credited with seven saves in the loss.
"Our performance today is exactly the effort and team work we need as we continue to prepare for the upcoming tournament."
Prior to the game, seniors Mary Nielsen, Abby Hassinger and Amsley were honored prior to the match. As a class, they have earned 39 wins in their four years and advanced to the NCAA elite eight in 2011.
Duke will begin post-season competition at the ACC Tournament on Thursday, November 1, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Check out www.GoDuke.com for more information.