Blue Devils stay unbeaten
Junior's PK shootout goal lifts Duke in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals
Porous defense nearly costs No. 6 Blue Devils in 91-90 win
Duke senior forward/midfielder Emmie Le Marchand wasn’t sure what hurt more — losing the NCAA field hockey championship game, or having to take off the Blue Devils uniform for the final time.
“It’s as good as anything I’ve ever been through,” David Cutcliffe said. “That’s not understating anything else I’ve been through. Being part of this with so many exceptional people is rewarding. These are exceptional young men. Each one off these seniors I feel a deep affection for. That makes it even more rewarding.”
“Last season was disappointing in some ways, but if I sit back and look at it it was such a growing and learning experience for everyone,” said Duke coach Pam Bustin , whose fifth-ranked Blue Devils (17-6) will take on fourth-ranked Connecticut (20-4) for the national title at 4 p.m. today at Old Dominion University’s L.R. Hill Complex. “Because that’s where the work began, that’s where the belief began.”
Having won NIT Season Tip-Off games on consecutive nights last week, Duke faces Vermont in a nonconference game that’s not part of the tournament tonight (6:30 p.m. ESPNU).
A redshirt junior, Boone completed 24 of 29 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns leading Duke to a 28-21 win over Wake Forest.
Anthony Boone threw three touchdown passes and No. 25 Duke held on to beat Wake Forest 28-21 on Saturday for its seventh straight win. ... Brandon Connette rushed 3 yards for the go-ahead score late in the third quarter and Boone was 24 of 29 for 256 yards. The Blue Devils (9-2, 5-2 ACC) fell behind 14-0 before rallying to match the school record for victories and remain in control of the Coastal Division. ... Boone threw touchdown passes covering 58 and 10 yards to Jamison Crowder and 4 yards to Max McCaffrey.
Senior Natasha Anasi’s first-half goal was all Duke’s women’s soccer team needed to defeat No. 6 Florida 1-0 in an NCAA Tournament second-round game Friday night at Koskinen Stadium.
The Tar Heels, who had lost in the title game the past three years after winning it all in 2009, fell to Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament semifinals Friday at Old Dominion University’s L.R. Hill Sports Complex in the first NCAA field hockey tournament game to be decided by the new shootout format.
Duke’s current six-game winning streak has brought the Blue Devils (8-2, 4-2 in ACC) to the brink of something that hasn’t happened since 1941. That season, Duke went 9-1, marking the last time the Blue Devils have won that many games in a season.
Duke didn’t win the national field hockey title Friday. It only looked that way after the final horn signaled the fifth-ranked Blue Devils’ stunning 3-2 decision over No. 1 Maryland in the Division I NCAA semifinals at Old Dominion University’s L.R. Hill Complex.
Tricia Liston scored 18 points while tying her career high of six 3-pointers and Alexis Jones added a season-high 17 points, leading six players in double figures as Duke cruised to an 88-69 victory Thursday night.
Duke (16-6), rated No. 5 nationally, will play top-ranked Maryland (22-1) at Norfolk, Va., today at 2 p.m. It’s the first time Duke has made the field hockey final four since 2006 Meanwhile, North Carolina (18-5) is making a habit of trips to the national semifinals. The Tar Heels have played for the NCAA championship each of the last four years, but haven’t won since 2009. UNC will play Connecticut in today’s second semifinal at 4:45 p.m.