DURHAM, N.C.Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) made nine saves – one less than her career high – but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team was defeated 7-1 by 12th-ranked Duke University on Sunday afternoon at Williams Field.

UNH, which entered the game with a four-game winning streak, is now 5-3 with all three losses to nationally-ranked teams. Duke, behind Amie Durvilla’s four-goal effort and three goals by Susan Ferger, improved to 5-4.

The Blue Devils built an early two-goal lead on tallies by Ferger at 4:19 and Survilla at 8:05. Survilla struck again 28 seconds apart – at 26:42 and 27:10 – to quickly extend the advantage to 4-0.

Duke carried that four-goal lead, as well as a 11-4 shot advantage and 5-1 edge in penalty corners, into the second half.

UNH opened the second-half scoring at 43:32 when Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.), with the assistance of Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.), scored her fourth goal of the year. With the assist, Shea extended her point-scoring streak to eight games.

Ferger struck again at 52:03 and Survilla’s fourth goal of the game in the 62nd minute gave the home team a 6-1 lead. Ferger closed the scoring with 2:27 remaining.

Duke goalie Micaela Patterson was credited with three saves.

The Blue Devils finished with a 30-9 shot advantage and a 10-3 edge in corners.

New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 3 at home for its America East opener against the University of Maine. Game time at Memorial Field is 2 p.m.

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