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Sportswrap: Football stays undefeated, men's soccer notches first ACC win of season

Quarterback Riley Leonard releases the ball during Duke's Saturday win against Lafayette.
Quarterback Riley Leonard releases the ball during Duke's Saturday win against Lafayette.

Sportswrap is your one-stop shop for everything Duke athletics, where we’ll recap how each of Duke’s sports currently in competition performed over the last week and give a brief look ahead. Here’s our recap for the week of Sept. 4-10.


Just five days later, No. 21 Duke ran it back. After its program-altering win against Clemson, who has since dropped out of the rankings, the Blue Devils (2-0, 1-0 in the ACC) returned to Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium to take on Lafayette. The game was only close for about a quarter, until Duke scored 35 unanswered following the Leopards’ opening-drive touchdown, earning the win 42-7. Quarterbacks Riley Leonard and Henry Belin IV were a combined 20-for-20 in the air, with the team’s only incompletion a second-quarter spike from Leonard. Graduate running back Jordan Waters set a personal best with 112 yards on the ground and added two scores of his own. Up next is a Saturday date with Northwestern at home at 3:30 p.m. -Rachael Kaplan

Men’s soccer

No. 10 Duke stayed home this weekend in anticipation of its upcoming two-week stretch on the road. Koskinen Stadium treated the Blue Devils (4-0-1, 1-0) well. On Friday night, they boasted a 2-0 shutout of visiting Virginia to kick off ACC play in winning style. The match featured a second career goal from freshman striker Ulfur Bjornsson as well as a clever score from junior midfielder Ruben Mesalles — notched in the first and second halves, respectively. Duke looks to continue its undefeated status in the conference Friday evening at Clemson. -Sophie Levenson

Women’s soccer

No. 14 Duke got back in the winning circle this week, as it earned a 2-0 victory against East Carolina Thursday. Sophomore phenom Kat Rader, who was shutout in the Blue Devils’ 4-0 defeat against Stanford last Saturday, opened the scoring in record-breaking fashion with the team’s fastest goal of the season. Senior Katie Groff got in on the party with another corner-kick goal off a service from sophomore Devin Lynch. Duke (3-2) will play UNC Greensboro in a postponed matchup Monday before opening ACC competition at Boston College Sunday. -Mackenzie Sheehy

Field hockey

With an overtime win Sunday afternoon, No. 13 Duke went undefeated this week with wins against Longwood and No. 9 Liberty. The Blue Devils (4-1) hammered the Lancers Friday at home 9-0, with graduate student Hannah Miller putting up an 11-point performance. On Sunday afternoon, Duke beat the Flames in overtime 2-1 courtesy of an unassisted game-winning goal from sophomore Alaina McVeigh, who has scored in every outing this season. The Blue Devils next take on Syracuse to open their ACC slate at home Friday at 6 p.m. -Anna Newberry 


The Blue Devils had a busy schedule this week, with one game at home and two on the road. After defeating Elon quickly Tuesday 3-0, Duke (6-2) traveled to face both Michigan State and Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. While the Blue Devils won in straight sets Friday against the Spartans, the set scores were close — 25-19, 25-22, 25-22. In a similarly tough clash with the Wolverines, the Blue Devils continued to demonstrate their resilience Saturday and won in four sets. Coming up, Duke faces a Wednesday match at N.C. Central before a Friday-Saturday series against Coastal Carolina and Santa Clara. -Newberry


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