WILLIAMSBURG — William & Mary field hockey battled close with No. 4 team Duke on Sunday afternoon at Busch Field. A third-quarter Blue Devil goal provided all the scoring on the day, but the Tribe had its chances in falling to the nationally-ranked ACC squad.
The Blue Devils (10-1) broke through in the 43rd minute with the game’s only goal. Josephine Paide carried the ball into the circle following a foul, and her shot beat Tribe goalkeeper Maddie George to the near side boards to give the visitor a 1-0 lead.
W&M’s best chance of the afternoon came in the first minute of the fourth quarter. Graduate forward Lonica McKinney made a steal inside the Duke circle. She fed back to Lauren Curran, but her shot was blocked away by Blue Devil goalkeeper Piper Hampsch.
Duke held a 7-3 advantage in shots and each team generated two penalty corners. George recorded four saves in cage for the Tribe (4-5).
The Blue Devils put three of their four first-quarter shots on goal, but George was up to the task with a stop on each of the three chances.
In the second quarter, W&M generated back-to-back penalty corner opportunities in the 22nd minute. The Tribe could not break through though as Audrey Domovich’s shot on the initial corner was blocked away.
43′ | Duke – Josephine Paide (unassisted)
W&M – #1 George (GK), #3 Domovich, #5 Gruendel, #7 Richbourg, #8 Friedman, #9 McGaughey, #12 Moon, #21 Goodwins, #24 McKinney, #27 Schwartz, #33 Curran
Duke – #16 Hampsch (GK), #1 Harkins, #3 Miller, #6 Szukics, #8 van Oirschot, #11 Clouser, #14 McVeigh, #15 Veen, #19 Maransky, #21 Bitting, #23 Curland
The Tribe continues its homestand, returning to CAA play as it hosts Hofstra on Friday, Oct. 6. The match is slated for a 5 p.m. start time.