Fourth-ranked Duke allowed a season-high three goals – all in the second half – to suffer a 3-2 field hockey setback at Indiana on Sunday in nonconference action.
Coming off of Friday’s 2-1 loss at Louisville, the Blue Devils dropped back-to-back contests for the first time this season to fall to 8-3.
After being held scoreless in the first half Friday, the Duke attack struck within the first six minutes against the Hoosiers. Junior midfielder Aileen Johnson nabbed the ball away from a defender and sent the ball into the circle for senior forward Jessica Buttinger, who turned and fired it past Indiana goalkeeper Maggie Olson for her sixth tally of the season. Buttinger also pushed her team-leading point total to 14.
Johnson also had a hand in the Blue Devils’ second goal, which came off the stick of sophomore forward Heather Morris in traffic near the front of the cage. Morris’ score at the 23-minute, 28-second mark was her second of the season and gave Duke a two-goal advantage heading into the break.
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The Hoosiers got on the board in the 48th minute on a shot by Taylor Pearson. They scored again less than four minutes later, as leading scorer Audra Heilman knocked in a rebound to tie the score..
The Hoosiers took the lead in the 55th minute on a penalty corner goal Sydney Supica.
North Carolina: The team pulled off two incredible comebacks to sweep Clemson 3-0 (25-18, 27-25, 25-23).
Duke: The No. 25 team jumped to a 2-0 lead and held on to pick up a 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23) road victory against Notre Dame. The win, Duke’s seventh consecutive, improves the Blue Devils’ record to 12-3 overall and 4-0 in the ACC.
Duke: The women’s team concluded play at the Princeton Invitational on a high note, posting a perfect 4-0 combined singles record on the final day in Princeton, N.J. The Blue Devils also recorded a near-perfect mark of 3-1 in doubles play Sunday morning.
The duo of redshirt senior Rachel Kahan and freshman Rebecca Smaller remained undefeated on the season after earning two wins. Kahan and Smaller beat Princeton’s Katrine Steffensen and Emily Hahn 8-3 to start the day.