DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 10 nationally ranked University of Massachusetts field hockey program ended its 2013 season with a 4-1 loss at No. 5 Duke University's Jack Katz Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Minutewomen finish the season with a 19-5 overall record, their most wins since the 2000 season.
Sophomore Brooke Sabia notched the lone UMass goal during competition against the Blue Devils. The tally was Sabia's 20th of the year, tied for the seventh-most in one season by a Minutewoman in program history.
The 2013 UMass senior class of Lindsay Bowman, Alyssa Ineson, Molly MacDonnell, Hannah Prince, Alexa Sikalis and Mel Sutherland finishes with a career record of 56-33, three Atlantic 10 Championships and as many appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Duke scored first with 24 minutes, 50 seconds left to play in the first half. Emmie Le Marchand sent a deflection into the top-left corner over the right shoulder of UMass goalkeeper Sam Carlino to create the 1-0 lead for the Blue Devils.
Hannah Barreca put Duke in front, 2-0 with a penalty corner goal at the 22:25 mark of play. Barreca's shot to the left side bounced off of Carlino's stick and into the top netting of the cage.Prince looked to cut deficit to one in the opening minutes of second half on penalty corner, but her flick shot sailed inches wide to the left of the goal only two minutes, 12 seconds into the final stanza. However, Sabia followed Prince only seven minutes later to pull UMass within one of tying.
To draw the penalty stroke Sabia used for her 20th goal, Renee Suter forced Duke to foul during an attacking play in front of the Blue Devils cage. On the ensuing attempt, Sabia fired her shot by goalkeeper Lauren Blazing with 25:46 left to play.
The Blue Devils struck for a pair of penalty corner goals to extend their lead to 4-1 with 11:48 left to play in regulation and seal their bid to the NCAA Final Four. Jessica Buttinger notched the first on a rebound shot in the 56th minute before Heather Morris recorded the final tally of the day at 58:12.
UMass continued to challenge Duke during the remainder of play, drawing three penalty corners that directly resulted in four shots. Sabia fired in a pair of attempts back-to-back in the 62nd minute before Prince had her shot blocked at 63:25 following the second penalty corner. Izzie Delario inserted the last corner to Sabia, who had her shot rejected by a Duke defender at 63:55.
The Minutewomen earned two more quality attempts in the 66th minute during their final offensive push. Verelst sent an on-target shot toward the cage at 65:14; however, Blazing was there to turn it aside. The ball deflected to Sabia moments later. Sabia lofted in a shot that arched toward the back-left corner of the goal, but Blazing jumped to her right to knock the ball away before it could gall behind her.
Massachusetts led in shots, 11-9 and penalty corners, 5-4. Blazing finished with four saves while Carlino earned two. Hannah Farrell provided a defensive stop for the Minutewomen.