PRINCETON, N.J. — No. 10 Duke received a late goal from senior forward Emmie Le Marchand but ultimately fell to No. 3 Princeton in a showdown of top-10 field hockey teams Friday at Bedford Field.
The reigning national champions handed the Blue Devils (2-1) their first loss.
The Tigers took advantage of their second penalty corner, striking in the 10th minute on a pass inside from Teresa Benvenuti to Michelle Cesan to take a 1-0 lead they would hold until scoring against in the 51st minute, as Hailey Reeves deflected in a cross from Allison Evans.
Duke answered a short while later on a penalty corner, as senior Brenna Rescigno found an unmarked Le Marchand by the back post to cut Princetons lead to 2-1 with just over seven minutes remaining.
The Tigers Julia Reinprecht scored on an empty cage with five minutes to put the game away.
North Carolina: The UNC mens team carded a 2-over-par 290 in the first round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate at Rocky Face, Ga.and stands in second place. Tar Heels junior Bailey Patrick fired a 4-under 68 and is currently in second place individually.
Georgia Tech, led by invidual leader Ollie Schniederjans (-5), leads 13-team field. Georgia (+3) is third
UNC 3, Dayton 0: The Tar Heels rolled to a 25-14, 25-19, 25-23 sweep of the Flyers in their first match at the Bobcat Invitational in Athens, Ohio behind Jovanna Bjelicas 12 kills and six digs and a combined 17 kills and five blocks between Leigh Andrew and Victoria McPherson.
Duke 3, Western Illinois 0: The Blue Devils began the Diet Coke Classic in Minneapolis by sweeping the Leathernecks 25-17, 25-21, 25-17. Sophomore setter Maggie Deichmeister posted a double-double with 23 assists and 11 digs, while junior Jeme Obeime and sophomore Elizabeth Campbell added 11 kills each.
Campbell 3, N.C. Central 0: Jessica Groen had nine kills to lead the host Camels to a 25-10, 25-17, 25-12 victory against N.C. Central during the second match of the Hampton Inn of Holly Springs Invitational.
Georgetown 3, N.C. Central 0: The Hoyas handed the Eagles there second straight-set loss of the day 25-17, 25-9, 25-23.