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2014 ACC Field Hockey Championship
 
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FARMVILLE, Va.  - Junior Devon Gagliardi registered two goals as the fifth-ranked Duke field hockey team picked up a 6-2 victory over Longwood Sunday afternoon at the Lancers' Athletics Complex.

Her performance against the Lancers gave her four points on the day, topping her previous career high of three set last season against No. 10 Stanford.

The Blue Devils (2-2, 0-0 ACC) also received goals from juniors Emmie Le Marchand and Brenna Rescigno, sophomore Jessica Buttinger and senior Chelsea Amsley, while Buttinger, junior Grace Christus and freshman Sarah Urdahl contributed with one assist each.

"[I'm] extremely pleased with our level of intensity and focus today," said head coach Pam Bustin. "We stayed true to our game and our goals. We made the improvements necessary from Friday's match and raised the level of our game awareness."

After Friday's game against No. 4 Princeton, Bustin stressed the importance of Duke finding its attacking mindset, and the message hit home with her team. The Blue Devils started the game on the offensive, seeing three goals in the first five minutes of the match.

Le Marchand started the scoring streak just 1:23 into the game off a pass from Buttinger. Three minutes later, Rescigno added a goal off a penalty corner with Christus getting the assist. Buttinger put the Devils up 3-0 just 15 seconds later, when she dribbled into the circle and fired a shot into the net. 

Longwood answered with two goals of its own in the 17th and 19th minute, respectively, but Duke weathered the storm and received goals from Amsley and Gagliardi to put the Blue Devils up 5-2 going into halftime.

Duke continued the aggressive mindset in the second half and added another goal in the 62nd minute from Gagliardi. In the second half, the Duke defense prevented the Lancers from having any shots or corners.

"It was a great team effort that we will continue to work on as we begin to prepare for next weekend," said Bustin.

For the game, the Blue Devils outshot the Lancers 24-3, and had the edge on penalty corners by a 14-3 margin. Jennifer Burris and Nicole Deckard each scored a goal for Longwood as the Lancers drop to 0-4 with the loss.

The Blue Devils' next game will be against No. 13 Wake Forest on Sept. 8 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Last season, Duke played Wake Forest in Durham, N.C., and won 1-0.

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