DURHAM, N.C.—Duke junior Rose Tynan registered a goal and two assists to lead the second-ranked Blue Devils to a 4-2 victory over Miami in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Field Hockey Championship. The Blue Devils jumped ahead 3-0 and held off a late charge from the RedHawks for the 4-2 victory.
Duke (17-3) advances to the second round and will play Maryland Sunday at 2 p.m. The Blue Devils improve to 23-15 in NCAA postseason play and advance to the quarterfinals for the fifth straight season and the 13th time overall. Miami concludes its season with a 12-9 overall record.
“We were prepared for exactly the kind of game we had today,” said head coach Pam Bustin. “Miami is a hot team right now. They are playing with a lot of passion. They challenged us today in a lot of ways. I’m proud of the way we came out and the way we possessed the ball and the way we kept to our structure, which was part of the plan.”
Ashley Kristen opened the scoring for the Blue Devils in the seventh minute, tapping in a Tynan shot that got deflected to the back post. Tynan did well to get into the box and sent a shot toward the back post and Kristen was there for the tap in.
The Blue Devils continued to control much of the possession in the opening period and a great defensive effort from Tynan in the offensive third helped Duke go in front 2-0. Tynan intercepted a pass just outside the circle dribbled past a couple Redhawk defenders to get a look at the cage. A Miami defender got her stick on it, but Erin Scherrer was right there to knock in the loose ball for her eighth goal of the campaign.
Duke, despite controlling much of the run of play, managed just four shots and only one penalty corner in the first half as Miami did well to put players behind the ball and not allow the Blue Devils open space in the offensive third.
Tynan struck again for the Blue Devils six minutes into the second half, backing down her defender in the circle and firing a low shot into the cage. Caroline Andretta provided the assist, using a fast start off of a foul and passing the ball to the center of the circle for Tynan to post her 16th goal of the season.
The resilient RedHawks refused to back down and quickly made things interesting at Williams Field with a pair of goals five minutes apart to pull within one, 3-2, with 8:59 remaining in the second half.
Lexi Silver tallied the first goal for Miami, knocking home a rebound from a Sammi Steele save. The second came off the stick of Henni Otten on a penalty corner. Otten received the pass from inserter Estel Roig and was able to beat Steele for her third score of the season.
“We lost it a little bit with a couple of unfortunate corners in the second half,” Bustin said. “But for us to come back after and score that fourth goal was a big deal.”
With the clock ticking under five minutes and Duke holding a narrow 3-2 advantage, Andretta iced the victory for the Blue Devils with her fifth goal of the year. Margauz Paolinio provided the assist, sending a pass from the near right side and Andretta getting her stick on it for the two-goal cushion.
Duke outshot Miami 9-7 for the game, while the RedHawks had five penalty corners to Duke’s one. Both Steele and Miami’s Maddie Passarella had one save apiece.
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