TRIBE 1, RUTGERS 0
A sudden onset of cold weather did nothing to deter the College of William and Mary from surprising no. 19 Rutgers University 1-0 Sunday afternoon.
“Rutgers is a nationally ranked team and for our girls to beat them at home is really something
special,” Head Coach Peel Hawthorne said. “They just went after it, and the game turned out the way we wanted.”
The first half was a battle of defenses — but Carrie Thompson was up to the challenge. The sophomore goalkeeper saved six shots to keep the Scarlet Knights from reaching the scoreboard.
The Tribe failed to attempt any shots on goal until the 35th minute when senior midfielder Lauren Giles’s attempt sailed wide of the post. Rutgers forward Jenna Bull attempted to get by Thompson just minutes into the second half, but was again denied.
The game-changer came in the 42nd minute when redshirt freshman midfielder Kelsey Nawalinski took advantage of a Rutgers’ turnover and sent a shot toward the goal, which Giles deflected into the net, putting the Tribe up 1-0. The goal was Giles’ fourth of the season and her second game-winner.
The Scarlet Knights had a chance to tie the game in the 49th minute, but an official negated the goal, ruling the shot dangerous and too high. Thompson recorded her first career shutout even though Rutgers held a 15-2 advantage in shots on goal and an 11-0 advantage in penalty corners.
TRIBE 1, DUKE 7
The Tribe fell to fifth-ranked Duke University Friday afternoon as the Blue Devils jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the first half and never looked back. Duke scored twice more before the break, getting great play from its forwards and converting a penalty corner in the 31st minute.
The Tribe had its share of chances midway through the first half during a sequence of three straight penalty corners and several shots on goal, but the Duke defense did not buckle.
Junior forward Wesley Drew scored the Tribe’s lone goal, with seconds remaining in the first half, off an assist from sophomore forward Rebecca Wagner to put the College on the board. It was the fourth consecutive game that Drew has scored a point for the Tribe, which put her in a tie for a team-leading 12 points for the season.
Duke forward Marion Dickinson put the College away in the second half with three straight scores in the 47th, 56th and 62nd minutes.
Thompson and redshirt freshman goalie Camilla Hill split time in the cage for the Tribe.