Sept. 18, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 10th-ranked Ohio State field hockey team defeated No. 9 Duke, 3-1, Saturday in Durham, N.C. The Buckeyes (5-2) improve to 4-1 away from Columbus and will round out their five-game road swing against nationally-ranked opponents at No. 7 Wake Forest at 1 p.m. Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C.

With the win, Ohio State has now defeated Duke (4-3) in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history. The Buckeyes were led by their upperclassmen with goals by juniors Aisling Coyle and Maria Briones and senior Jena Cacciatore. Senior Aisling McKeon also had two assists.

Coyle extended her goal streak to all seven games this season and upped her team-leading point total to 15. Cacciatore's tally was her sixth goal of the season and she is third on the team in points with 12.

Ohio State controlled the action for most of the game, outshooting Duke 15-6 with a 13-5 advantage on penalty corners. The Buckeyes continued to dominate the second half, allowing the Blue Devils just two shots and one penalty corner in the last 35 minutes of the game.

Coyle opened the scoring for the Buckeyes for the third time this season at with a goal from four yards out at 18:16 off a penalty corner. McKeon and freshman Paula Pastor-Pitarque were credited with the assists.

Ohio State grew its lead, 2-0, at 24:50 after taking advantage of another penalty corner opportunity. Cacciatore scored with assists from McKeon and sophomore Berta Queralt. Cacciatore has tallied a goal in five of the Buckeyes' seven games in 2010.

With McKeon's two helpers and Queralt's assist, both Buckeyes now have nine assists this season and have recorded 18 of Ohio State's 21 assists in 2010.

The Blue Devils cut the lead in half at 30:31 after junior midfielder Rhian Jones scored following a Duke penalty corner from the left side on an assist from freshman defenseman Brenna Rescigno.

In the second half, Briones stretched the score to 3-1, scoring off a tip-in a loose ball into the back of the cage at 54:13 for an unassisted goal.

Junior goalkeeper Ally Tunitis had two saves in 70 minutes vs. the Blue Devils and improved to 5-2.