Devon Gagliardi scored the tying goal for the Duke field hockey team in the 42nd minute, but it wasn’t enough to hold off reigning national champion Maryland in the ACC Tournament. The Blue Devils lost 2-1 in the quarterfinals.
Maryland took control early and scored about nine minutes into the game. Duke didn’t take control on offense until there was six minutes left in the first half and they continued that play into the second half when Gagliardi scored.
The Terrapins took the lead in the 52nd minute on a goal that soared over Duke goalie Lauren Blazing‘s right shoulder.
It was back-and-forth the rest of the way, but the Blue Devils couldn’t create an offensive threat (even after pulling their goalie).
They finished their season with a 7-11 record, but 0-5 in the ACC.
In other fall sports news, the Duke men’s soccer team found out where they will be seeded in the upcoming ACC Tournament.
The Blue Devils are the seventh seed and will travel to rival and number two seed North Carolina to begin play in the quarterfinals on November 6th. The Tarheels are the 3rd ranked team in the country.
UNC was the ACC co-champion with top-ranked Maryland. Duke finished the ACC season with a 3-4-1 record. UNC was 6-1-1 in ACC play.
If the Blue Devils advance, the tournament then moves to Maryland for the semifinals on Friday, November 9th (both games will be televised on ESPN3) and the finals on Sunday, November 11th at noon (which will be televised on ESPNU).
They finish the regular season today against SIU Edwardsville.