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Starting Thornton pays off

(02/03/11 11:00am)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Over the past few weeks, much banter over the season prospects of the Blue Devils has been centered around the play of senior captains Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith. After suffering two losses in which it seemed the offense was too Smith and Singler-centric, Wednesday night’s surgical performance against Maryland proved that as long as the two seniors are in the right position, Duke has a shot to win every game.

Blue Devils can’t pull off upset in Sweet 16

(11/22/10 10:00am)

After stunning national powerhouse Florida in penalty kicks in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Nov. 14, a weary Duke team flew across the country to take on Big 12 champion Oklahoma State, hoping to upset yet another conference winner on its home turf. The Blue Devils may have been feeling the wear and tear of the past few weeks, however, and fell to the Cowgirls 2-0 Friday in Stillwater, Okla.

Duke outlasts Gators to head to Sweet 16

(11/14/10 10:00am)

With the season on the line, Florida striker Lindsay Thompson took the long walk to the penalty spot, her Gators in a 4-2 hole after Duke was perfect on its first four chances. After enduring 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Blue Devils’ goalkeeper Tara Campbell paced her goal line, awaiting the referee’s signal. The whistle sounded amidst a hushed crowd and Thompson approached the dead ball, but the junior blew her shot high and wide of the right corner, sealing Duke a trip to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

Blue Devils fall to Terps in first round

(11/04/10 8:00am)

On a frigid night in Cary, N.C., Duke came into a matchup with second-seeded Maryland brimming with confidence just over a month removed from earning a well-deserved draw against these same Terrapins in College Park, Md. In a de facto home game, however, the Blue Devils’ offense went into a deep freeze despite dominating possession for large parts of the game. A magisterial strike from Molly Dreska just 20 minutes from the final whistle was enough to send Duke home in the first round of the ACC Tournament for the fifth consecutive year, falling 1-0.

Carolina tops Duke behind Jones hat trick

(10/29/10 8:00am)

Coming off three successive conference victories, a rejuvenated Duke squad gave North Carolina a scare on Senior Night, as eight Blue Devil seniors hoped to bid farewell to Koskinen Stadium with Duke’s first upset over the Tar Heels since 2005. North Carolina’s opportunistic strike force proved too much to handle, though, and a Courtney Jones hat trick spoiled the party as the Tar Heels won, 5-3.


(10/04/10 8:00am)

COLLEGE PARK, MD — Still harboring the slim hopes of turning a lost season around, Duke came to College Park Saturday looking to make amends for early season slip-ups. Although the Blue Devils came out swinging and controlled the Terrapins for nearly the entirety of the first half, key fundamental mistakes spurred a Maryland comeback. At the end of the day, Duke simply dropped the ball.