#19 Field Hockey Falls to #1 Duke in NCAA Tournament

#19 Field Hockey Falls to #1 Duke in NCAA Tournament

DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 19 American field hockey team (14-7) closed its season on Saturday with a 3-0 loss to No. 1 Duke (15-3) in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in Durham, N.C. 

The Eagles had a strong start to the first half, getting a couple of good looks with a pair of early corners, including a disallowed goal from Natalie Konerth.  The Blue Devils responded with a strong offensive push, and AU found itself on the defensive throughout a series of dangerous penalty corners.

Sophomore goalkeeper Maura Jacobs came through to prove, once again, why she was recognized on the Patriot League All-Tournament Team, putting up a career-high of six saves for the first half and closing with a career-high 11 saves.

Duke gained the edge heading into halftime with a late goal, put away by Rose Tynan with less than 30 seconds left in the half to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead.

The Eagles put up another strong start early in the second half, as Rafaela Rubas sailed a shot just over the net off a corner delivery from Haley Bowcutt.

The Blue Devils regained momentum, though, with a converted rebound by Aisling Naughton in the tenth minute to bring Duke up 2-0.  Another converted rebound by Alyssa Chillano gave Duke their third and final goal in the final ten minutes of the game.

The Eagles finish the season with a 14-7 overall record and their first Patriot League title and NCAA Tournament qualification since 2013.

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