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The Blue Devils muted a raucous crowd and put old demons to rest Sunday afternoon. Duke defeated top-seeded and top-ranked North Carolina 2-1 at Henry Field and earned its second consecutive trip to the Final Four. The victory marked the first time since 1972 the field hockey team won a game against the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill.
On the heels of last year’s ACC and national title game losses, winning a championship was the field hockey team’s clear objective. But after their failures in the conference tournament, the Blue Devils have just one more chance.
WINSTON-SALEM — With the score tied at two in the second half, the field hockey team made a defensive mistake that cost it a chance to advance to the finals of the ACC Tournament for the second consecutive year.
In the past, the field hockey team’s season has ended after its first game in the conference tournament. Now, under second-year head coach Beth Bozman’s guidance, Duke’s real season starts today.
Richard and Lynette Love thought their son was done with college, but they were wrong.
Teams that visited the Final Four the previous season typically don’t have to think about play-in games in the conference tournament. But in a conference that boasts the nation’s top four teams, the third-ranked Blue Devils (15-3, 2-2 in the ACC) had to win Saturday to avoid the dreaded 4-5 game.
Virginia running back Wali Lundy took a handoff on Duke’s 15 yard line with his team looking to put the game out of reach. As they did for most of the game, the Blue Devils’ defensive line greeted him hospitably.
Mildly put, Saturday will likely be an uphill battle for the football team.
Duke head coach Beth Bozman, her staff and all her players had never won a game at traditional national powerhouse Old Dominion.
The dust has cleared from North Carolina’s recent visit, and Maryland looms next weekend. But sandwiched between the pair of top-five opponents are Radford (3-4) and Davidson (3-6), teams not likely to threaten the fifth-ranked Blue Devils (7-2). The Highlanders and Wildcats square off against Duke Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in 1 p.m. matchups at Williams Field.
The Blue Devils shed tears and did not hide their frustration after losing to their biggest rival Saturday.
In overtime, junior Nicole Dudek sent a slow-rolling shot between the legs of Wake Forest goalie Kristina Gagliardi. The ball deflected off Gagliardi’s inside pad and trickled towards the goal line.
Two Goliaths of the turf meet this weekend.
The day after Luis Sojo of the Yankees hit a wimpy ground ball up the middle to beat the Mets in the 2000 Subway Series, I strolled into my small New York City high school wearing my black and orange Mets jersey.
The battle started last spring and will not end any time soon.
Before Sunday’s game against Michigan State, Duke starting keeper Christie Morgan’s head was pounding. After the game, everyone’s head was hurting.
Beth Bozman came to Duke last season and took the team its first Final Four in her first season as head coach. After losing to Wake Forest in the National Championship game, this team is determined to make it back again and this time win it all. A talented group of seniors lead the charge for the �04 squad.
While Duke had a preseason scrimmage against defending champions Wake Forest, Louisville scrimmaged alumni, some of whom played college sports more than 30 years ago. Although Duke lost its scrimmage 2-0 and Louisville won 11-0, expect the Blue Devils to be much sharper when the teams battle this weekend.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Unlike the U.S. Olympic basketball team, the Duke field hockey team takes exhibition matches seriously.
NEW YORK -- On the eve of the 2004 NBA draft, absolutely nothing was certain.