Duke field hockey wins big against Colgate, falls to Syracuse during weekend road trip

Life is 10 % what occurs and 90 % the way you react. That completely sums up Duke’s weekend at the road. 

Duke misplaced in its fit against No. 10 Syracuse 5-1 Friday night time, including to Duke’s struggles against the Orange during the last 14 matchups. Syracuse eradicated Duke closing yr within the ACC quarterfinals closing yr, beating the Blue Devils via the similar rating. Duke got here again from the loss with a way of urgency against Colgate on Sunday. The Blue Devils ruled the Raiders for a 10-1 victory. The 10 ratings had been probably the most Duke has produced since 2012, however head trainer Pam Bustin was once pleased with extra than simply the scoreboard.

“I’m really proud of the response today.” Bustin stated after the win. “Even despite scoring differences that we have with our opponent, I was more impressed with coming out and really working on the discipline as staying to our standards and playing our game from the start to the end.”

The Blue Devils (4-4, 0-1 within the ACC) persevered to achieve penalty corners, however lately had hassle capitalizing off of them. This time, then again, Duke was once steadfast on making the most of the ones alternatives. Four mins into the sport, freshman midfielder Macy Szukics inserted the penalty nook to junior midfielder Charlotte van Oirschot who registered the primary target. Duke would now not be happy: The Blue Devils scored 3 objectives throughout the first six mins of the sport and led 4-0 after the primary quarter. This set the tone for the remainder of the sport, with Colgate’s lone target coming within the ultimate two mins of the sport.

“Some of the goals today and the corners were clinically executed the way they should be,” Bustin stated. “… We’re now not happy, utterly but. We’re going to proceed to construct on it however we are satisfied that it was once there lately for us.”

Duke’s victory against Colgate (2-6) was once other as it was once the primary win this season with no need to move to the time beyond regulation duration. The Blue Devils’ first two wins against Rutgers and St. Joseph’s had been determined in a moment time beyond regulation. After more than one single-goal victories, Duke demonstrated on Sunday that they are able to submit a dominant effort from the beginning.

“We’ve simply been truly running against this chance the place if we will be able to pop out at the entrance foot and we will be able to stay it going for the total duration that we are going to put balls within the target cage and we did that lately,” Bustin stated.

In addition to bringing a high-powered offense, Duke’s protection stifled Colgate Sunday. The Blue Devils saved the Raiders from making an attempt a shot or penalty nook within the first part, additionally serving to the goalies out via maintaining the ball from coming into the scoring circle. These defensive efforts had been integral to the dominant win however weren’t sufficient in Duke’s loss against Syracuse.

Duke and its opponent had roughly the similar collection of pictures and penalty corners Friday, however Syracuse (7-1, 1-0 within the ACC) was once higher at changing. The Blue Devils had their palms complete against the second-ranked offense within the country, as Syracuse scored 5 unanswered objectives within the first 3 quarters ahead of sophomore midfielder Josephine Palde scored Duke’s first target. 

The Blue Devils have proven a willingness to be told from their errors and confirmed growth in its self-discipline on each ends against Colgate. 

“Next weekend’s a great challenge for us,” Bustin stated. “It’s going to be a great weekend of high level hockey. So we have to be prepared and we have to be ready to go to battle with our standards.”

Duke wishes the similar unravel and effort that went into Sunday’s win to stick round for the Blue Devils to climb again to a successful report. Blue Devils’ have now earned three-straight .500 weekends as they give the impression of being to construct some momentum within the ACC standings.

Duke subsequent faces Boston College at 6 p.m. Friday.

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