PHILADELPHIA – No. 1 Maryland won its 15th consecutive season opener Friday, as it beat No. 19 Boston University 3-1 in Temple University’s Conference Cup tournament. Senior captain Jemma Buckley led the Terps (1-0) with all three of Maryland’s goals and her third career hat trick.
The game was scoreless for most of the first half, until Buckley scored twice within the 33rd minute to put Maryland up 2-0 at the break. For the first goal, she scored on shot off of a reverse shot on a penalty corner and 24 seconds later, she dribbled past Boston University’s keeper for a second goal.
No. 3 Virginia 8, Virginia Commonwealth 1
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — No. 3 Virginia topped in-state foe VCU 8-1 Friday in the 2011 season opener at the University Hall Turf Field. Sophomore Elly Buckley and junior Britt Knouse each scored twice in the winning effort.
Virginia’s eight goals are the most in a season opener under sixth-year head coach Michele Madison and the most in an any opener since the Cavaliers defeated Bucknell 8-2 in the first game of the 2004 season.
No. 4 Connecticut 7, Hofstra 1
STORRS, Conn. — Behind three goals from sophomore Jestine Angelini, No. 4 Connecticut opened the 2011 season with a 7-1 victory against Hofstra. During the contest, the Huskies outshot Hofstra 22-8 with five shots coming from freshman forward Chloe Hunnable. Senior Ali Blankmeyer opened the scoring for Connecticut when she connected on a pass from sophomore Anne Jeute.
No. 15 Duke 3, 6 Ohio State 2 (OT) – Full Recap
COLUMBUS, Ohio — As the clock wound down in overtime of No. 15 Duke’s season opener, junior Devon Gagliardi weaved through three Buckeye defenders to provide the game-winning goal with 21 seconds left in the Blue Devils’ 3-2 victory against No. 6 Ohio State Friday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field.
Duke, which has now won its season opener for the third consecutive year, held a sizeable margin in both shots (30-9) and penalty corners (11-4), but remained knotted at two with Ohio State for nearly 37 minutes. Following a quick substitution, Duke pushed the ball forward to Gagliardi, who was swarmed by the recovering Ohio State defense. However, Gagliardi snuck through the Buckeye backline and was able to slip the ball past Ohio State’s goalie for win.
No. 12 Old Dominion 5, No. 8 Penn State 2 – Full Recap
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — No. 12 Old Dominion scored the first four goals of the game and cruised to a 5-2 victory against No. 8 Penn State on Friday afternoon. The game was the season opener for both squads.
Five different Lady Monarchs scored goals, including senior Emma Batten who notched a goal and an assist. Old Dominion controlled much of the play throughout the day, outshooting the Nittany Lions 17-4 and earning five penalty corners.
Game information compiled from respective athletic department websites.