CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Sophomore Amie Survilla scored a pair of goals but it wasn’t enough as the Duke field hockey team dropped its final regular season game of the year, 5-3, to Virginia on Saturday afternoon at University Hall Turf Field. The Blue Devils fall to 11-7 overall and 1-4 in the ACC, while the Cavaliers improve to 10-8 and 1-4, respectively.
Virginia jumped on top early as Kaars Sijpesteijn sent a ball from the backfield through the midfield up to Lauren Elstein, who attacked the circle and pulled left to score into an empty net for a goal at the 3:49 mark.
The Cavaliers then scored again at 10:55 as a UVA shot off a corner opportunity was saved by Blue Devil keeper Caitlin WIlliams but Cavalier Traci Ragukas was there to lift the ball into the net for a 2-0 lead.
Duke answered with a pair of goals in 63 seconds as junior Marian Dickinson converted a low option back to the injector at 24:22 to start the rally. Then, 63 seconds later, senior Courtney Elliott sent a ball into the circle that was tipped into the cage by Survilla, tying the game at the 26:25 mark.
The teams went into the break tied at 2-2.
Virginia went back on top as Haley Carpenter slotted the ball to the boards for a 3-2 lead at 43:32. Sijpesteijn then found the net at 45:21 for a UVA 4-2 lead.
The Blue Devils cut the deficit to 4-3 with a direct short corner goal of its own as Survilla sent the ball past the Cavalier keeper at 56:58.
Virginia quickly attacked the circle, bringing the ball up the right side of the pitch. Elstein’s first shot was saved off the line by sophomore Brooke Patterson, but Ragukas got the ball back and stuck it in the cage for her second goal of the game and a 5-3 lead just 33 seconds after Duke had pulled within one.
The Blue Devils pressed and gained two more short corners but could not get into the nets.
Duke will next travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass., for the ACC Tournament, which is slated for Nov. 1-4 at Boston College’s Newton Campus Sports Complex. Seeding for the tournament will be determined following games on Oct. 28, with quarterfinal games set for Thursday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Semifinal contests will take place on Friday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the championship game, which will be aired on New England Sports Network, Comcast Sportsnet, FOX Sports Net South and FOX Sports Net Florida/Sun Sport, is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.
No. 15 Virginia 5, No. 9 Duke 3
Linescore 1 2 F (Records)
Duke 2 1 3 (11-7, 1-4 ACC)
Virginia 2 3 5 (10-8, 1-4 ACC)
3:49 VA fg Elstein (Kaars Sijpesteijn) 1-0
10:55 VA pc Ragukas (---) 2-0
24:22 DU pc Dickinson (Miller) 2-1
26:25 DU fg Survilla (Elliott) 2-2
43:32 VA fg Carpenter (Ragukas) 3-2
45:21 VA pc Kaars Sijpesteijn (Elstein, Taylor) 4-2
56:58 DU pc Survilla (Dickinson, Patterson) 4-3
57:31 VA fg Ragukas (---) 5-3
VA: Amy Desjadon (35 mins, 2 saves, 2 GA); Devon Burnley (35 mins, 6 saves, 1 GA)
DU: Caitlin Williams (70 mins, 5 saves, 5 GA)
Shots: VA: 8-10=18; DU 4-10=14
Short corners: VA 2-4=6; DU 2-6=8
Defensive saves: VA 0, DU 1 (Patterson)
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