DURHAM, N.C. - No. 25 ranked Richmond lost to No. 17 ranked Duke 2-1 Friday, the Spiders' second 2-1 loss to a nationally ranked opponent this week.
All three of the Spiders losses are to ranked teams, including a pair of 2-1 losses to currently No. 2 ranked Princeton and the No. 17 Blue Devils within the last six days. Both of those losses have come with backup goalkeeper Kelley Wentling playin in place of All-American Anna Zarkoski, who is playing with the U.S. in the Junior Pan-Am Games.
Wentling has played well in reserve, making five saves against the Blue Devils.
Just like in the loss to Princeton on Sunday, Richmond fell behind early, came back to tie the game, but gave up the game-winner in the second half.
The No. 17 ranked Blue Devils (3-4) held a slim 13-10 advantage on shots.
"Tonight we faced a Duke team that had a greater sense of drive and focus than our squad," Richmond head coach Gina Lucido said. "Our second half effort was not enough and a valuable lesson in playing to less than our potential. We will turn this for good and continue our preparation towards being at our best for conference play."
Richmond (3-3) plays at Davidson on Sunday at 1 p.m.