DURHAM — The 19th-ranked Duke field hockey team outshot No. 15 Michigan State, 25-6, en route to a 4-2 victory over the Spartans Sunday at Jack Katz Stadium. Senior Mary Nielsen scored twice and juniors McKay Ross and Emmie Le Marchand each added goals for the Blue Devils (4-6).
Michigan State (5-5) got on the board first on a score by Heather Howie less than four minutes into the game. However, Duke responded at the 18:44 mark, as Nielsen deflected a ball into the goal off a short pass from sophomore Martine Chichizola. The Spartans’ Abby Barker added an unassisted strike five minutes later to give Michigan State a 2-1 advantage at halftime.
The Blue Devils continued to attack the goal in the second half, dominating the time of possession. Ross registered her first goal of the season early in the second half on an assist from redshirt junior Devon Gagliardi, knotting the score at 2. Nielsen then gave Duke its first lead, putting back a rebound for her second goal of the contest and fourth of the season.
Le Marchand was awarded a penalty stroke a few minutes later, expanding the margin to two goals. A strong defensive effort by Duke in the remaining minutes of the period ensured the victory.
North Carolina 6, Stanford 2: Senior Kelsey Kolojejchick scored twice and added an assist as top-ranked North Carolina used a balanced effort to top No. 11 Stanford at Francis E. Henry Stadium. The Tar Heels led 5-1 at halftime and held onto the four-goal margin for the victory, which boosted their season mark to 9-1. The Cardinal, which won at Henry Stadium Saturday in a neutral-site game against Radford, fell to 6-4.
The North Carolina game-winner came in the 14th minute, when sophomore Loren Shealy sent a ball across the cage from the left and senior Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany deflected it in from the right post to put the Tar Heels in the lead for good. In the 17th minute, Kolojejchick scored again, this time carrying the ball just into the circle and sending a shot past Stanford goalkeeper Dulcie Davies.
North Carolina 3, Duke 2: North Carolina downed Duke (22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 15-7) Sunday as four Tar Heels claimed double-digit kills, led by senior Emily McGee and sophomore Chaniel Nelson who each finished the match with double-digit kills as well as digs.
Duke took set one 25-22 behind a .310 attack, topping North Carolina’s .196. McGee had five kills, and sophomore Ece Taner had eight digs for the Tar Heels and Nelson added two digs, two kills and two blocks. The Blue Devils recorded four blocks and tallied four digs from Breanna Atkinson and six digs from Ali McCurdy.