DURHAM, N.C. – The 17th-ranked Duke field hockey squad swept its weekend results with victories over William & Mary and No. 19 Old Dominion Oct. 15-17. The team must now prepare for its fifth-straight road contest as the Blue Devils travel to University Park, Pa., for a 12 p.m. contest against No. 11 Penn State Saturday, Oct. 23.
Read Molly Johnson’s blog below to get the inside scoop on this past weekend’s results.
On Friday, we had our much anticipated night game against William & Mary. In the locker room, everyone was anxious to get out on the field and play, but due to a delayed referee arrival, our game was unexpectedly postponed from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. However, this minor setback did not stop us from dominating the game for over 90% of the time. Although our domination may not be apparent in the final score of 1-0, we accomplished our first win of the weekend.
After the game, our attention shifted to an opponent of more strength: Old Dominion. We had all the tools we needed to win Sunday’s game, and knew that ODU would not throw anything at us that we hadn’t seen before. We used our loss to them earlier in the season as fuel to pump us up and motivate us to go out strong, leaving no room for regrets. In games of this intensity, scoring the first goal is crucial to gain the momentum necessary to win. Our freshman defender Brenna Rescigno took this in stride, scoring two goals off of direct corner hits. Although ODU came back in the second half to tie it up and put the game into overtime, our fight and heart (and obvious overtime experience) were clear as day when Mary Nielsen scored in the first 47 seconds of the golden goal overtime.
Our 2-0 weekend felt especially good since midterm exams are finally over and since we were able to spend more time than usual with our parents, for those who could make it to Virginia. It also made Susan and my birthdays on Monday especially happy. We are all very excited to finish out the conference season with two more wins against Penn State this weekend and against UVa on October 30th.
Additionally, one of our team’s
favorite events – Halloween - is fast approaching! It’s always fun to be able
to assign the coaches their costumes … although sometimes the assignments they
give us in return are really hard to find or construct costumes for!
Hope y’all are enjoying hockey season!