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Syracuse Athletics | October 7, 2017

Syracuse surges past No. 2 Duke in key ACC matchup

  Laura Hurff scored the game-winning goal in the 64th minute to lift the Orange past Duke.

Laura Hurff scored a goal in the final 10 minutes to break a 1-1 tie and Borg van der Velde made a penalty stroke save with three minutes to go to deliver the No. 9 Syracuse field hockey team (10-3, 2-3 ACC) a huge conference win over No. 2 Duke (9-2, 2-2 ACC) Saturday afternoon.

Duke managed to get on the board just 6:05 into the action, when Rose Tynan finished a rebound for the Blue Devils to give them a 1-0 lead.

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However, the Orange rallied 12 minutes later when Jennifer Bleakney slammed home a rebound of her own in the 19th minute to send the game to halftime knotted at one.

The back-and-forth play continued with neither team managing to strike until Hurff netted the game-winner in the 64th minute. She redirected a shot from Lagerweij to put Syracuse ahead for good.

The Blue Devils did not go away quietly though, as five minutes later Duke was awarded a stroke with a chance to tie. However, Van der Velde sprawled to her right and deflected the opportunity away to seal the win.

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Syracuse outshot Duke 13-9 in the win. The Orange also garnered five corners compared to just one from Duke.

Syracuse will next take on No. 3 Virginia at home on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET in a game that will be broadcasted on ACC Network Extra.

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