DURHAM, N.H. - Katie White (Glens Falls, N.Y.) and Jen Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.) scored second-half goals, but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team was defeated by fourth-ranked Duke University, 4-2, Sunday afternoon at Memorial Field.
UNH is now 4-6 overall, and three of the losses have been to teams ranked in the top 10 of this week's NFHCA poll. Duke won its fourth consecutive game to improve to 8-1.
Duke controlled a majority of play in the first half, in which the Blue Devils generated a 15-3 shot advantage and a 9-2 edge in corners, but led just 1-0 at halftime on a Chrissie Murphy goal at 3:32. The visitors extended their lead to 3-0 on goals by Kim Van Kirk at 38:31 and Gracie Sorbello at 48:25.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard - something neither of the past two Duke opponents accomplished - at 51:08. Stamp initiated the scoring sequence with a centering pass from the right corner that was redirected into the cage by White, who scored for the fourth time in as many games.
Duke reestablished a three-goal lead, 4-1, on Sorbello's second goal from a penalty corner at 56:23. UNH called time out, and soon thereafter a quick transition led to Stamp's goal at 58:09 when she maneuvered around the goalie and fired the ball into the open cage.
Both teams generated strong scoring bids in the final 10 minutes, but neither scored.
UNH goalie Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) finished with 11 saves, including nine in the first half. Duke counterpart Christy Morgan stopped four shots.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 1 (7 p.m.) at Harvard University. The next Wildcat home game is Oct. 15 vs. UMass. Game time at Memorial Field is 7 p.m.