DURHAM, North CarolinaâWake Forest scored twice early in the first quarter to give the No. 17 Blue Devils a 3-1 loss in the ACC field hockey opener on Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium on Friday night .
Duke drops to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the ACC game, while No.15 Wake Forest drops to 3-3 and 1-0. The Blue Devils are looking to bounce back quickly when they travel to James Madison on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Noor van de Laar scored Duke’s only goal in the afternoon, redirecting a penalty corner shot from the graduate student transfer stick Marykate neff. Lexi davidson provided the stop on the second-year insert Civitella beard in the 11th minute.
Wake Forest jumped on the Blue Devils early, scoring just three minutes after Meike Lanckohr landed a shot past the Duke goalkeeper. Piper hampsch. It was Lanckohr again six minutes later, scoring his fifth goal of the season to give the Deacons a 2-0 lead.
“I’m not happy with the way we came out,” head coach said Pam bustin. âFriday night at home we have to set the tone and we have to make a statement. And as soon as the whistle blows and today we let Wake do it and that’s a shame. On the other side we have really had opportunities in the second half to change that. So we just have to get into the attacking mindset. “
The Blue Devils cut the gap in half less than two minutes later on a penalty corner. Civitella walked over to the baseline and pushed the ball up the circle for Davidson. Neff shot to the right side of the cage where van de Laar redirected him past Wake goalkeeper Tori Glaister.
The turning point came at the end of the second quarter when van de Laar fell to the left side and into the circle. Officials whistled Wake Forest for a foul, awarding Duke a penalty stroke for what apparently could have been the equalizer.
However, after a video review, the call was reversed and Wake Forest retrieved the ball as they sought to go the other way. The Demon Deacons did just that going down the pitch and got a penalty corner with less than two minutes to go.
Nat Friedman sent the ball up and Brook McCusker unleashed a superb shot from the right side of the cage to take the 3-1 lead.
The Blue Devils did better in the second half and looked good on three consecutive penalty corners in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t find the back of the cage to fill the early deficit.
In Duke’s goal, Hampsch made five saves to continue leading the ACC in the category. Glaister had three stops for deacons. Wake Forest had a 12-7 advantage in shots and a narrow 7-6 advantage in penalty corners.
After James Madison’s game on Sunday, September 19, the Blue Devils return home to greet enemy ACC Louisville at 6 p.m.