Duke 18, Maryland 9 May
Duke 18, Maryland 9May 28, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - Despite a convincing victory over their rivals in the lacrosse ACC championship and jumping to an early lead in the NCAA semifinals, third-seeded Maryland fell to second seed Dukes unstoppable offense on Saturday, losing 18-9.
This is the first time in school history the Blue Devils will appear in the NCAA championship. Although Duke led for 54 minutes, the Terrapins had the momentum in the opening faceoff and struck first with an unassisted goal by Bill McGlone. But less than 30 seconds later, Duke first-team All-American Matt Danowski responded with his own goal, setting up five-consecutive Blue Devil tallies in the first quarter.
Dukes offense charged into the second quarter when Zack Greer scored his 54th goal of the year, breaking the teams single season record set in 1997. Less than two minutes later, Nick OHara scored his third goal of the year on a nearly untouched charge down the middle of the field. Despite several turnovers and trouble clearing the ball, the Blue Devils were up 7-1 halfway though the second quarter.
By the eight-minute mark Duke was scoring on 50 percent of its shots, when Matt Zash, also a first-team All-American, cut down the right side of the net for his second goal. Zash later contributed an assist when he rushed downfield off an Aaron Fenton save and dished the ball to Dan Flannery who scored his second goal of the game.
Marylands usually disciplined offense rallied at the end of the quarter. Andrew Schwartzman scored two-consecutive unassisted goals within 90 seconds. But any momentum gathered by the Terps was taken back by Duke when Zash scored his third goal with 29 seconds left in the half.
In the third quarter, Nick OHara scored his second goal of the game, but Dukes momentum coming out of halftime was stopped by another Maryland offensive strike. Bill McGlone and Joe Walters both scored within three minutes of each other, coming from behind the net on the right side. Both goals were unassisted.
Dukes Greer continued his record-breaking day with another goal, notching 55 for the season, also a Duke record.
Greer had little reason to celebrate though when the Terrapins launched another offensive attack at the end of the third quarter. Attacker Joe Walters posted up near the net twice within 30 seconds to bring the score to 12-7. But like Zash at the end of the first half, Dukes Greer responded with the quarters last goal.
Duke came out for the fourth quarter and scored two goals, first off the stick of Dan Flannery and another courtesy of Bret Thompson. Marylands Xander Ritz answered with a goal off an assist from Bill McGlone, his only assist for the day.
Dowd and Greer both scored again, followed by Dukes Bo Carrington. Maryland finished the day with a goal by Thomas Alford with 22 seconds left.
Duke will face the winner of top-seeded Johns Hopkins University and fourth-seeded Virginia on Memorial Day at Lincoln Financial Field. The game will begin at noon and can be seen live on ESPN.
-- Courtesy Face Off Philadelphia