NEWARK Penn had upset on its mind Sunday, but could not rally from a 3-0 deficit to defeat 10th ranked Duke. The Blue Devils used goals from five different players en route to a 5-2 win in Newark, Del. Penn drops below .500 to 7-8, while Duke ups its record to 11-6.
Duke came out firing, tallying 11 shots on goal in the first half. The Penn defense was up to the challenge early, blocking shots and deflecting them wide. Alanna Butera made timely saves to keep Penn in the game. The one shot that did get by Butera in the first seven minutes ran into the goalie’s best friend, the post.
Amie Survilla got Duke on the board at 7:13 when she gathered her own rebound and slipped it past Butera for her ninth goal of the season.
Laura Suchoski extended Duke’s lead when she scored her sixth goal of the season at 29:55. The goal came off a play where Suchoski created her own offense inside the circle and fired a quick shot past Butera to give the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead they held at the half.
The Blue Devils executed a perfect give-and-go off a corner nine minutes into the second half to take a 3-0 lead. Lauren Miller took the insertion and passed to Suchoksi, who gave it immediately back to Miller who wasted no time finding the back of the cage.
Penn got on the board less than a minute later when Meghan Rose scored on a penalty stroke. Nicole Black was tackled inside the circle to draw the penalty stroke. Rose’s goal was her sixth of the season and fourth penalty stroke score.
Duke scored five minutes later to take a 4-1 lead. Marian Dickinson scored her 12th goal of the season when she one-timed a Brooke Patterson pass off a corner. The lead became 5-1 two minutes later when Ashley Pultorak scored her first goal of the season.
The Quakers scored at 56:22 when Black dribbled around Duke goalie Caitlin McWilliams for her eight goal of the season. Laurel McGarvie setup Black with a beautiful pass up the middle for her first collegiate point.
Penn is back in action October 27 when the Quakers travel to Providence, R.I. to meet Brown. The Quakers sit in a second place tie in the Ivy League and must defeat the Bears to have a chance at claiming a league title.