SYRACUSE, N.Y. – An outstanding defensive performance guided the fourth-ranked Duke field hockey team to a 1-0 shutout of 12th-ranked Syracuse Friday at J.S. Coyne Stadium. The Blue Devils kicked off ACC play with a strong statement, holding the Orange without a shot in the victory.
“I’m extremely proud of them,” Bustin said. “There’s a lot on their minds and lot going on for all of us. For them to come out and play a game as well as they did was an escape for them to play and have some fun and be together … Everybody’s contribution to keeping the ball moving and to working to find a structure that allows us to keep the ball moving and the passing moving really was amazing for 70 minutes.”
The first half saw the Blue Devils come out on the attack, racking up five shots and three penalty corners before Andretta fought her way down the field for a goal. Andretta wheeled her way around a pair of Syracuse players in the midfield and then finished on a feed from Leah Crouse on the right side of the cage to break open the scoring in the 21st minute.
The tally marked Andretta’s fourth of the season and second in the past two games.
“It’s been a crazy week, but we just wanted to get here and play our game,” Andretta said. “Even though we’re not home, we’re just going to stick to our game, be the attacking team that we are. And that’s what we did … We can just build from there and finish the last shot.”
Duke remained on the offensive through halftime while holding the Orange without a shot in the first 35 minutes.
The Blue Devils continued to dominate possession in the second half, drawing three more corners that resulted in a barrage of shots. Duke’s back line also neutralized a couple of Syracuse threats inside the scoring circle and the entire squad kept the Orange without a shot the rest of the way.
In the shutout, the Blue Devils recorded 21 shots and nine corners.
“It’s about the win as far as ACC play,” Bustin said. “The way we played, I’m happy for us as a team to continue to build on as we move through the season. But a win in the ACC is not easy and it’s important.”
Goalkeeper Borg van der Velde finished with 11 saves for the Orange, who dropped to 3-3 on the season.
Duke remains in Syracuse through the weekend, facing Saint Joseph’s Sunday at 10 a.m. at J.S. Coyne Stadium. The contest was originally scheduled to be held in Durham, but was moved to Syracuse due to inclement weather from Hurricane Florence. Live stats will be available here.
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Friday's contest marked the first time since a 2-0 shutout of Delaware Aug. 31, 2008 that a Duke team held its opponent without a shot.