Field Hockey Falls To No. 4 Duke

September 19, 2004
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Sept. 19, 2004

DURHAM, N.C. -- The seventh ranked Lady Monarch field hockey team suffered its second loss of the weekend falling to No. 4 Duke, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon at Williams Field.

Although the loss drops Old Dominion to 3-3 on the season, all three losses have come at the hands of team currently ranked in the top five of the STX/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll (No.2 Maryland, No. 3 North Carolina, & No. 4 Duke). Meanwhile, the Blue Devils, national runners-up in 2004, improved to 7-1 overall. Both teams will meet again in Norfolk on October 17th to close out the home-and-home series.

The Blue Devils struck 4:45 into the game as junior Katie Grant sailed home her 10th goal of the year. However, sophomore midfielder Dana Sensenig (Denver, Pa.) tallied back-to-back unassisted nets within a 1:11 of each other to give Old Dominion a 2-1 advantage with just over 23 minutes remaining in the half.

The Blue Devils countered by attacking the ODU goal but keeper Mary Cate Gordon (Oreland, Pa.) made several nice saves and Duke hit two posts to keep the score at 2-1 heading into the final five minutes of the opening half. The Dukes' Gracie Sorbello managed to tie the game, 2-2, at the 30:34 mark and then managed to sail home the game-winner with 11 seconds left on the clock until halftime. Both of Sorbello's goals came off of penalty corners with Johanna Bischof and Grant on the assists.

The Duke defense held the Lady Monarch offense to just one shot in the second half, while they added in an insurance goal. Senior Chrissie Murphy found the back of the Old Dominion cage with a minute remaining in the game for the final 4-2 margin.

Duke controlled the action for a majority of the contest, out shooting the Monarchs 28-5 and holding a 16-2 edge in penalty corners. Gordon played a solid game in goal for Old Dominion, finishing the day with a career-high 14 saves. Junior Christy Morgan made two saves for the Blue Devils.

Sunday's game marked the final game in the Lady Monarchs' season opening six-game road trip. Old Dominion returns home to Foreman Field to host Richmond on Friday, September 24th at 6:00 p.m. and Virginia on Sunday, September 26th at 1:00 p.m. Admission to the games are free.