9/24/2023 | 12 p.m.
Sep. 24 (Sun) / 12 p.m.
DURHAM – Duke junior midfielder Count Curland scored on a penalty corner with 6:58 remaining in the second overtime to lift the fifth-ranked Blue Devils to a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over No. 11 Boston College in ACC field hockey action Friday night.
The Blue Devils are riding a five-match winning streak and improve to 7-1 on the year and 2-0 versus ACC foes. Boston College falls to 5-3 on the year and 1-1 in ACC action.
Graduate student Hannah Miller had two assists in the game, while Alain McVeigh had Duke’s first goal.
How it Happened
After an evenly matched 70 minutes of action, the Blue Devils earned a penalty corner in the early minutes of the second overtime. Miller pushed the ball in to stopper Charlie van Oirschot. Curland stepped right into the shot and sent it through traffic into the right side of the cage. It was Curland’s second goal of the season.
The first quarter was evenly matched with much of the action taking place in the middle of the field. Both teams had one shot apiece with neither squad earning a penalty corner.
Duke senior goalkeeper Piper Hampsch came up big midway through the second quarter, pushing away a shot from Margo Carlin from the middle of the circle. Nearly a minute later, Carlin turned on her Blue Devil defender, but was denied by Hampsch again as the netminder came off her line to keep the game scoreless.
Hampsch continued to be a brick wall for Duke, stopping three more shots, including one with 16 seconds left in the opening half. The Blue Devils denied the Eagles on two penalty corners.
Dominating possession throughout the game, the Blue Devils capitalized in the third quarter to take a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Alain McVeigh got goal-side on the Eagle defender to redirect a Hannah Miller shot from the left side of the circle. The goal was McVeigh’s ninth of the year, while Miller notched her fifth assist of the season.
Duke dominated the third period, outshooting Boston College, 5-0, to take the 1-0 advantage into the final stanza.
Boston College equalized with 2:36 left in the fourth quarter on a redirect from Carlin on the penalty corner. The Eagles outshot the Blue Devils, 7-0 in the final session.
The Eagles continued to press in the final two minutes, but Duke was solid as the two teams headed to overtime.
Both squads had excellent chances in the first overtime as McVeigh had her shot blocked by a Boston College defender’s stick. The Eagles pushed one just wide of the cage after Hampsch forced a pass and Duke did just enough to pressure the shot from the middle of the circle.
Boston College outshot Duke, 14-10, for the game. Both teams had four penalty corners.
Hampsch finished with eight saves, while Caroline Kelly had six for Boston College.
The Blue Devils moved to 2-0 in overtime games this season, 56-58-7 all-time in overtime games and 10-17-1 in double overtime. Duke is 5-0 against the Eagles when going to extra sessions.
The Blue Devils beat Boston College in Newton, Mass., for the first time since Sept. 29, 2017. The win snaps a four-game losing streak to the Eagles.
Duke has won five straight, the longest win streak since starting the 2019 season 7-0.
Duke ended its shutout streak at 184:28 after Boston College score with 2:26 remaining.
Alain McVeigh has a goal in seven of the eight games with three of them being game winners.
Piper Hampsch made eight saves, the most for her since she had nine Sept. 2, 2022 against Northwestern. It marks the seventh time in her career she has made at least eight saves.
Count Curland registered her first career game-winning goal.
Hannah Miller moves into a tie for 18th on the Duke career assists list with 25. She now has 85 career points.
Duke travels across the city of Boston to take on No. 15 Harvard Sunday. First hit is set for 12 p.m., on ESPN+.
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