NORFOLK, Va. - The Duke field hockey team battled hard against the eighth-ranked Old Dominion Monarchs before falling 3-2 in Norfolk, Va., Sunday afternoon. Freshman Amanda Kim picked up her first goal of her Blue Devil career.
The first half was filled with a back and forth battle that left both teams scoreless for the first twenty minutes.
The Monarchs were the first to get on the board with a put back shot from redshirt sophomore Nicole Goff. The corner looked to be disrupted by sophomore Abby Beltrani but the Monarch's got a shot off that was saved by goalkeeper Lauren Blazing but the rebound was collected by Goff who was able to put it back into an open goal.
At the very end of the half, an Old Dominion forward broke through the Blue Devil defense, but Blazing made a great save to keep the score 1-0 going into halftime.
In the second half, the squad came out with a lot of energy and maintained control of the ball in first several minutes. Then, with just under thirty minutes to play in the second half, the Duke offense earned its first score off a shot from Kim directly in front of the goal. It was the freshman's first goal of her Duke career and was assisted by junior Emmie Le Marchand.
A few minutes later, the Monarchs gained the lead again off their fourth penalty corner of the match. Sophomore Kelsey Smither made a pass to freshman Sarah Breen at the top left of the circle for the shot and score. Then, with 7:40 left in the game, senior Maartje van Rijswijk increased Old Dominion's lead to 3-1 from a shot off the right baseline.
Duke responded quickly with a goal of its own from Le Marchand. To lead up the score, sophomore Jessica Buttinger battled through several Monarch defenders in the shooting circle before passing it to an open Le Marchand who had a clean shot from five yards in front of the goal. The score was Le Marchand's 10 of the season and cut the Old Dominion lead to one.
The Blue Devils continued to fight to end of regulation, barely missing at least one scoring opportunity with less than a minute to play, but were unable to force overtime. Duke led in corners 6-5 but lagged behind the Monarchs in shots 12-9.
Duke will return home for its next contest against California on Friday, October 19. Game time is set for 6 p.m. and will take place at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. Live stats will be available at www.GoDuke.com.