NEWTON, Mass. – The eighth-ranked Duke field hockey team rallied from a 1-0 deficit, scoring with 20 seconds remaining in regulation and again just 53 seconds into overtime to top No. 7 Boston College 2-1 in a critical ACC matchup Saturday afternoon at the Eagles’ Field Hockey Field.
The Blue Devils improved their season ledger to 12-4 overall and 3-2 in conference action and also moved to 5-4 against ranked opponents and 4-1 in overtime contests with the dramatic overtime victory. Meanwhile Boston College dropped to 12-5 overall and 1-4 in ACC contests.
Trailing 1-0 for nearly 50 minutes in regulation, Duke pulled redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Blazing from the cage with seven minutes to go on the clock, giving the squad an extra player up top. The Blue Devils then capitalized on a yellow card called on the Eagles, as senior Grace Christus put back her own rebound shot to send the match into overtime. The goal was Christus’ first of her career.
Sophomore Aileen Johnson found the back of the cage just 53 seconds into extra time to secure a 2-1 win for Duke.
The Blue Devils finished with an 11-10 advantage in shots while placing eight of their 11 shots on goal. The squad also recorded four penalty corners to three by Boston College.
Duke was active offensively from the opening whistle, logging three shots and a penalty corner opportunity within the first three minutes of play. The defensive unit was tested early at the other end of the field, but remained solid against three consecutive shots by the Eagles in the 10th minute.
The game remained scoreless for much of the first half before Chapin Duke put Boston College up by one with an unassisted goal at the 22:56 mark. The Blue Devils had a couple of opportunities towards the end of the period with a pair of late penalty corners, but went into the intermission facing a 1-0 deficit.
At the break, Boston College led in the shots category by a 7-4 margin while Duke held a slight 3-2 edge in penalty corners.
Senior forward Emmie Le Marchand opened the second half with a look at the cage that was saved by the Eagles’ Leah Settipane. Following a dangerous offensive possession by Boston College, redshirt senior Devon Gagliardi broke inside but sent a shot wide of the goal. The Blue Devils continued to press forward, as a shot by senior Paula Heimbach was stopped by Settipane on a penalty corner play. Duke then pulled Blazing from the cage, setting up the equalizer by Christus.
Blazing posted two saves in the win while Settipane made six stops for the Eagles.
The Blue Devils close the non-conference portion of their regular season schedule Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. in a matchup at Boston University. Live stats will be available for that contest.