DURHAM, N.C. – Senior Ryan Young capped off an emotional week by scoring the go-ahead goal for sixth-ranked Maryland as it captured the ACC championship with an 11-9 victory over No. 7 Duke at Koskinen Stadium.
Young and his twin brother Kevin, who plays for Duke, lost their mother to cancer last weekend.
It is the first ACC championship for the Terps since 2005 and their fourth conference title overall.
Senior Grant Catalino was named the tournament MVP after scoring three goals in the title game after netting the game-winner against North Carolina on Friday in the semifinals.
The opening minutes of the first saw the Blue Devils (11-5) open up a 2-0 lead on two goals from Zach Howell.
But Maryland (10-3) responded on the face-off following Howell’s second goal with some slick ball movement that eventually saw Catalino dodge from the left wing and beat Duke’s Dan Wigrizer to the upper right corner.
The Blue Devil offense continued to click early as Robert Rotanz and David Lawson scored two minutes apart to give Duke a 4-1 lead with 7:07 left.
Sophomore Curtis Holmes dominated the face-off X and his fifth win of the day gave Maryland another possession and senior Scott LaRue hit on a shot from the right alley to make it a two-goal game at the 5:50 mark of the first.
An unforced turnover gave Duke the ball with less than two minutes to go and the Blue Devils turned it into a goal when Rotanz scored his second of the day with 1:39 left in the first.
Brett Schmidt reared back and laced a low shot from 12 yards out to give the Terps a 5-3 advantage at the 12:11 mark of the second.
Duke would build a three-goal cushion, but that would quickly evaporate as the Terps went on a 3-0 run over a two-minute span to tie things at 6-6.
The Terps took their first lead of the game, 7-6, at the 13:05 mark of the third when junior Jake Bernhardt ripped a shot from the left alley inside the far pipe.
But Duke used two extra-man chances to regain the lead, 8-7, on goals by Howell and Josh Dionne with 7:34 to go in the third.
The back-and-forth game continued as Maryland responded less than two minutes later to tie things up again at 8-8. Cooper cut hard to the crease and he finished a great feed from Blye at the 6:02 mark.
The extra-man unit struck again for the Terps to give them back the lead, 9-8, with 3:03 to go in the third. Snider slipped a slick pass to Reed on the crease and Reed finished it with a quick shot past Wigrizer.
Maryland grabbed the lead for good when Young elevated high on the crease to pick off a pass from John Haus and swat it into the Duke goal with 12:08 to go in the fourth.
Catalino netted his third score of the game to give Maryland an 11-9 lead with 6:33 remaining in the game.
Holmes was the catalyst for the Terps all afternoon, winning 18-of-24 face-offs and picking up a game-high six groundballs.
Maryland’s group of senior close defenders – Ryder Bohlander, Brett Schmidt and Max Schmidt – anchored the defense, especially in the second half as they allowed Duke’s vaunted attack group just one second-half goal.