NEWARK, Del. - Junior Marian Dickinson netted three goals and freshmen Susan Ferger and Camille Dagorn added one apiece on Saturday, as 10th-ranked Duke defeated Delaware, 5-3, at Rullo Stadium.
The game saw a scoreless tie for the bulk of the first half, as Ferger was the first to score when junior Laura Suchoski found her inside the circle for a goal at the 22-minute mark to put Duke up 1-0. The goal was Ferger’s fifth of the year while Suchoski was credited with her fourth assist of the year.
Less than four minutes later, Dickinson slammed a shot past Blue Hen keeper Nikki Rhoades to increase the Blue Devils’ advantage to 2-0, and just before the half, Dagorn followed suit with an unassisted tally for her second goal of the season as Duke took a 3-0 lead into the halftime break.
Senior goalie Caitlin Williams secured six saves for the Blue Devils in the initial stanza and Rhoades was credited with seven stops for the Blue Hens. Duke out-shot Delaware, 15-10, while Delaware held a 7-5 advantage in penalty corners for the half.
The Blue Hens came out strong in the second half, notching three unanswered goals as Michelle Drummonds, Casey Howard and Tory Karsten each scored to knot the score at three apiece.
However, Dickinson answered back for the Blue Devils, first at the 49:13 mark on an assist from sophomore Lauren Miller, and then at 57:57 on a pass from Suchoski to give Duke a 5-3 win.
The three-goal outing was Dickinson’s first hat trick of the season and third of her career, as the Blue Devils secured their third straight win and improved to 10-6 (1-2 ACC) with the victory. Delaware falls to 9-7 overall on the year.
Duke out-shot Delaware, 23-13, and allowed just three second-half shot attempts. The Blue Devils earned five penalty corner opportunities in the final period to the Blue Hens’ two, to give Duke a 10-9 advantage for the game. Williams notched zero saves in the second half, while Rhoades made two stops to put her total at nine on the day.
The Blue Devils will square off against Penn on Sunday at 1 p.m. in a neutral-site matchup at the University of Delaware’s Rullo Stadium. The contest is Duke’s final non-conference game of the year, as the Blue Devils will close out the regular season with an ACC contest at Virginia next Saturday.
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