It was a busy weekend for Duke sports, even with the football team having a bye week. The men’s and women’s basketball teams each won at Cameron Indoor Stadium this weekend in their final exhibition games.
On Saturday, the seventh ranked field hockey team lost to number one Maryland, 5-1 in their regular season final.
After ten minutes, the game was scoreless until the Terps took a 2-0 lead on their first two corner opportunities. They took a 3-0 lead on a redirected corner with 3:32 to go before halftime.
Emmie Le Marchand scored Duke’s only goal on a penalty stroke in the 65th minute. It was her 11th goal of the season.
The Blue Devils did have 17 shots, 11 on goal. Maryland only had a one shot advantage (18-17). The Terps goalie combo registered ten saves. Duke goalie Lauren Blazing had four saves in the loss.
Duke finished the regular season at 13-5 and 3-3 in the ACC. They claimed the fourth seed in the ACC Championship and will face the number five seed Virginia in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 11am ET. Boston College is hosting the ACC Championship.
Also on Saturday, the men’s soccer team won their match at Pitt, 3-0. They stretched their unbeaten streak to seven games as they improved to 7-4-6 overall and 2-3-5 in the ACC. They sit in seventh place in the conference standings.
The Blue Devils scored three first half goals against the winless Panthers. Sean Davis scored on a penalty kick to give them the 1-0 lead (Duke had four shots and three corner kicks in the first ten minutes). Just 12 minutes later, it was 3-0. Duke scored six minutes apart.
The three goals in the first half matched their first half total over their previous 16 games.
The Blue Devils had an 18-7 advantage in shots and a 9-1 edge on corner kicks.
Duke closes out the regular season against number 19 Clemson on Friday night at 7pm ET.
The women’s soccer team lost to two seed Florida State, 2-0 on Sunday in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. The Blue Devils were shut out in back-to-back matches for the first time this season. It is their ninth straight ACC Tournament loss away from Durham.
FSU scored two goals in the second half in an 88 second span. Their first goal came on a penalty kick and the second came when Duke failed to clear the ball on back-to-back corner kicks.
In the first half, Duke had just two shots and the Seminoles had four in the scoreless tie. Overall, FSU led in shots, 9-6.
The Blue Devils now await their opponent for the NCAA Tournament, which will be unveiled in the selection show on November 11th at 4:30pm ET.