DURHAM, N.C. - The eighth-ranked Blue Devil field hockey team fell to fifth-ranked Wake Forest by way of a 4-2 decision on Saturday afternoon at Williams Field.
The Demon Deacons got on the board quickly, as they converted the first penalty corner of the contest into a goal at the two-minute mark to take a 1-0 lead. Liz Fries netted her first goal of the season on the play, as Melissa Martin and Michelle Kasold were credited with assists.
Two minutes later, the Deacons struck again, as Martin found the net for the first time this season on a pass from Regina Shannon to put Wake Forest ahead, 2-0.
The Blue Devils buckled down and held the Demon Deacons to two shots over the next 20 minutes of play, as senior goalkeeper Caitlin Williams recorded her first save of the day and the second Wake Forest shot went wide. Duke got off three shots during that time span, but could not score, until junior Laura Suchoski dribbled along the end line and made a quick touch pass to sophomore Amie Survilla, who then netted her third goal of the season to make the score 2-1 with 10 minutes remaining in the half.
Wake Forest then retaliated and increased its advantage to 3-1 five minutes before the break, as Chelsea Cipriani recorded her second goal of the year on an assist from Martin.
The Demon Deacons out-shot the Blue Devils, 8-4, in the first half, while each squad notched three penalty corners. Williams made three saves in the initial stanza and Wake Forest goalie Crystal Duffield posted one stop.
Duke came out strong in the second half, retaining possession for much of the first 20 minutes of the period, as the Blue Devils managed 10 shots to the Demon Deacons’ three attempts, but were unable to convert.
Following a Wake Forest timeout, Emily Cummings netted a goal off a pass from Aileen Davis at the 58:52 mark to put the score at 4-1 in the Deacons’ favor.
Suchoski scored her second goal of the season with three minutes remaining in the contest to close the gap and make the score 4-2, but Wake Forest would hold on for the win.
Duke out-shot Wake Forest, 18-12, including a 14-4 margin in the second half. The Blue Devils also out-cornered the Deacons, 11-3, allowing Wake Forest no penalty corners in the final period. Each goalie recorded four saves on the day.
The Blue Devils fall to 2-3 (0-1 ACC) on the season, while the Demon Deacons improve to 2-2 (1-1 ACC). Duke continues to lead the all-time series with Wake Forest, 34-23.
Duke will take on Radford tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Williams Field. The Blue Devils will then see one more full weekend of home competition on Sept. 15 and 16, as they host Drexel and Old Dominion in two non-conference contests.
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