Unseeded Maryland Knocks off No. 3 Duke in NCAA Semifinals

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Senior Drew Snider scored four goals to lead Maryland to its second straight NCAA title game with a 16-10 victory over No. 3 seed Duke in the semifinals Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium.

The Terps (12-5) will play No. 1 seed Loyola on Mon., May 28 at 1:00 p.m. for the NCAA championship. The Greyhounds advanced to the title game with a 7-5 victory over No. 4 seed Notre Dame in the first semifinal. The Blue Devils finish their season with a 15-5 record.

After a rocky start for both teams that saw the first five possessions of the game end in turnovers, Maryland got on the board first when junior Kevin Cooper skipped a cross-crease pass to junior Billy Gribbin and Gribbin one-timed the ball past Duke goalie Dan Wigrizer with 10:28 to play in the first.

Gribbin then gave the Terps a 2-0 lead at the 3:11 to go in the first when senior Joe Cummings found him open on the crease for an easy score.

The lead grew to 3-0 a minute later when freshman Kevin Forster came around the left side of the Duke goal and hit a running jumper with 2:12 to go. It was Forster's first goal since the Terps' season opener on Feb. 18 vs. Hartford.

The Blue Devils wouldn't let the first quarter go without making a run and goals by Josh Dionne and Rob Rotanz in the final 1:30 made it a 3-2 Terrapin lead going into the second.

The Terps' EMO unit took advantage of the opportunity with junior John Haus skipping a pass to redshirt sophomore Mike Chanenchuk in the top right slot and Chanenchuk ripped a laser into the top left corner to give Maryland a 4-2 lead 32 seconds into the second.

The lead would be trimmed back to one on the ensuing faceoff. Two Terps got tangled up going for the groundball, which allowed Duke's CJ Costabile to come down the middle and he hit a bouncer at the 14:19 mark.

Cooper upped the lead back to two when he worked a perfect pick-and-slip with Forster on the left side of the goal. Cooper got off a quick shot that beat Wigrizer to the far post, making it 5-3 with 13:05 to go in the second.

Another brilliant pass from Cummings to junior Owen Blye on the left side of the crease gave Blye a one-on-one with Wigrizer and the Blue Devil goalie couldn't keep up with the fakes and Blye scored with 10:26 to go in the second to up the lead back to three, 6-3.

It looked like Blye scored again around the 6:00 mark, but the officials waived it off, calling that Blye stepped on the crease line before the ball went in the goal.

Duke cut it back to a two-goal deficit with a put-back goal by Christian Walsh at the 3:13 mark. Sophomore goalie Niko Amato made a spectacular one-on-one save, stoning Dionne, but the rebound went right to Walsh.

Amato made another big save on the Blue Devils' next possession to give Maryland one more crack at the Duke goal before the end of the half. Cummings made that possession pay off when he ran the clock down to under 20 seconds before making his move. He didn't get to the goal, however, but he slipped a pass to Snider on the crease for a one-timer and a 7-4 Terrapin lead going into halftime.

Maryland started the second half a man-down after junior Jesse Bernhardt was called for a trip on Costabile on the ensuing faceoff.

But, the extra-man chance came to an end thanks to two huge stops by Amato, who first stuffed Rotanz and then saved the rebound effort by Dionne.

Snider then completed his third hat trick in as many NCAA tournament games this season, scoring twice from the left alley to put the Terps up 9-4 with 7:20 to go in the third.

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2012-05-26



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