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No. 10 Field Hockey Loses Battle to No. 15 Duke, 3-2

Freshman Janna Anctil notched her first collegiate assist.

Freshman Janna Anctil notched her first collegiate assist.

Sept. 28, 2007

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Newton, Mass.--No. 10 Boston College could not pull out a victory against No. 15 Duke at Newton Campus on Friday, Sept. 28, as it lost, 3-2. The Eagles fall to 7-3, 1-2 in conference play. Meanwhile, the Blue Devils notched their first ACC win (1-2) and improved their overall record to 6-5.

Both teams were fired up for last year's rematch of a Boston College 2-1 double-overtime victory in Durham, N.C. Duke was able to capitalize first after a scramble in front of BC's cage. Freshman midfielder Susan Ferger collected the ball on the left baseline and managed to find the back right corner of the net to put the Blue Devils on the board in the second minute of play.

Before the Eagles could even the score, the Blue Devils struck again. Freshman midfielder Sarah Shoffstall dished to junior midfielder Marian Dickinson inside the circle for a direct shot on goal to give Duke a 2-0 lead in the 23rd minute.

Boston College was able to cut the lead in half with 8:27 left in the first half. On a breakaway, freshman forward Janna Anctil passed to junior forward Bob Dirks. As Duke goalie Caitlin Williams came out of the goal, Dirks dribbled around her and netted a goal in the top left corner of the cage. The goal marked Dirks' seventh of the season and Anctil notched her first collegiate assist.

At halftime, Williams had two saves, while Eagles' junior goalkeeper Julia Berkowitz recorded four. The Blue Devils out-shot the Eagles 9-6.

Duke was able to take a 3-1 lead seven minutes into the second half. Dickinson collected a free hit from the top of the circle and spun around to launch a shot straight on the goal.

BC cut the lead when Dirks pushed the ball up the field on a breakaway. Williams came out to stop the goal, forcing the referee to award BC a penalty stroke. Dirks notched the Eagles' second goal of the game with a shot to the high right corner of the net in the 57th minute.

Boston College was awarded four penalty corners in the last seven minutes of play, but could not capitalize. The team pulled the goal with 30 seconds left in the contest, but could not get the ball out of its defensive end.

Head Coach Ainslee Lamb commended the back-and-forth play of both teams.

"Duke was a good opponent," Lamb said. "They started the game strong and played better than us for the first two minutes. Then the tables were turned and they kept turning. We were playing well, and then they were playing well, then we were again. These were two good programs competing."

The two teams' even play was noted in the statistics. Each goalie recorded five saves in the contest and BC out-shot Duke by one, 13-12. The Eagles notched one more corner than the Blue Devils (6-5).

Boston College takes on Maine on their home field on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. when the Eagles will honor their four seniors on Senior Day.

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