WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The 16th-ranked Duke field hockey team turned in a dominating performance against William and Mary to earn the 1-0 road victory Friday evening at Busch Field. Freshman Emmie Le Marchand converted a penalty stroke in the 44th minute to give Duke its third road win of the season.
"It's a win," said head coach Beth Bozman. "We're happy to come out with a win. I thought we had a really dominating performance and we're pleased with the outcome."
Duke's stifling defense did not allow a William and Mary (3-10, 1-4 CAA) shot in the first half as the Blue Devils went on to dominate the Tribe in both shots (14-4) and penalty corners (9-1). Senior goalkeeper Samantha Nelson earned the win and her fifth shutout of the 2010 season as Duke moves to 7-8 overall (0-4 ACC).
After a scoreless first half, Duke's constant pressure wore down the William and Mary defense as the Tribe commented an infraction off a Blue Devil penalty corner to give Duke a penalty stroke. Le Marchand, Duke's leading scorer on the year with six goals, did not waste the opportunity and tallied the eventual gamewinner for the Blue Devils.
Duke continues its current road trip with a stop in Norfolk, Va., to take on the Monarchs of Old Dominion Sunday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. Sunday's game marks the second time this season Duke and Old Dominion have crossed paths with the Monarchs claiming a 2-1 win over the Blue Devils in Durham on Sept. 19.