Duke defeats No. 3 Maryland
Jones nets a goal and adds an assist to lead the Blue Devils
|Other ACC Scores|
|North Carolina 2, Wake Forest 1|
|•Conference Championship Central|
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- No. 8 Duke Blue Devils beat the reigning ACC and National Champion No. 3 Maryland 2-1 Friday evening at the ACC Championship. Duke advances to the championship game for the first time since 2003 and will play North Carolina on Sunday.
Maryland defender Colleen Gulick scored her first goal of the year 9:47 into the first half. The native of Spring City, Pa. knocked in a loose ball on the left doorstep after a penalty corner.
Rhian Jones, a senior midfielder, took a penalty corner from Emmie Le Marchand, set herself up at the top of the circle, and found the back of the cage to tie the game going into halftime.
Duke converted another penalty corner to grab the lead less than two minutes after halftime. Stefanie Fee found Jones who fired a shot low, setting up Le Marchand to tip the ball over Melissa Vassalotti, the Maryland goalkeeper.
The victory is Duke’s first against Maryland in ACC Championship play in six tries. With the win, the Blue Devils advance to play North Carolina at 1 p.m. Sunday in the championship game. The Tar Heels won the only regular season game 3-2 in double overtime on Sept. 24.