No. 4 Maryland Storms Past No. 7 Duke to Improve to 3-0

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Brooke Griffin notched three goals and two assists to lead No. 4 Maryland past No. 7 Duke, 15-6, Sunday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

The Terps (3-0, 1-0 ACC) were sparked by a 9-2 first-half advantage and ended the home opener with five unanswered goals to stay unbeaten in 2013. In addition to Griffin, Katie Schwarzmann, Alex Aust, Taylor Cummings, and Beth Glaros each added two goals to lead the offense.

Maryland jumped out to an impressive 9-1 lead in the first half. The Terps held Duke scoreless for 23 minutes following a Kerrin Maurer goal at 23:33. Maryland's defensive tenacity paid dividends in the first stanza, with the Terps besting the Blue Devils 8-0 in ground balls.

Griffin notched all three of her goals in the first half, including back-to-back scores at 7:43 and 3:49 to give Maryland a 7-1 cushion. In total, six different players accounted for the nine goals in the period.

Duke (4-1, 1-1 ACC) came out of the halftime break with new life, tallying the first two goals before Schwarzmann quelled the scoring with her first goal of the contest with 20:35 remaining. Another pair of Blue Devil goals cut the Terps' lead to 10-6 before Kelly McPartland kicked off Maryland's 5-0 run to the cap the game.

The Terps had nine goal scorers Sunday and nearly half of their goals came via an assist. Kasey Howard was solid once again in the goal, registering seven saves. Cummings filled up the box score with three ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers. Schwarzmann, one of four Terps named to the Tewaaraton Watch List Friday, added three ground balls, two caused turnovers, and two draw controls.

"It was a great day for lacrosse," head coach Cathy Reese said. "It's great to get a win against a talented team like Duke. There are some things I thought we definitely could have done better but that's something that we will continue to work on as the season progresses."

Maryland stays in conference play with a game at Virginia Friday at 7:00 p.m.

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Senior Kaitlin Gaiss and freshman Kelsey Duryea split time in goal, with Gaiss recording three saves and Duryea eight in her collegiate debut. Maryland's Kasey Howard made seven stops in the win.

Down 9-2 at the intermission, the Blue Devils came out firing in the second half, as Maurer corralled the opening draw and picked up her second assist on a goal by Morrissey. After taking over in between the pipes at halftime for her first appearance this season, Duryea came up with several key saves to keep momentum on Duke's side. Maurer added two more goals over the next 10 minutes and Salamone also scored as Duke went on a 4-1 run to narrow Maryland's lead to 10-6 with just under 15 minutes to play.

“I felt like our kids did a great job coming out of halftime refocused on trying to chip away at our deficit,” Kimel said. “With the goalie change, putting Kelsey in, I thought she made a couple of really critical stops. And that gave us some momentum – to be able to make those stops was huge.”

However, the Terrapins responded with three consecutive scores to push their lead back to seven at 13-6. Maryland tacked on two more goals before the clock expired for the 15-6 victory.

For the game, the Terrapins outshot Duke 32-17 and won the ground ball battle, 15-5. The Blue Devils won the draw control category, 13-11, with junior defender Taylor Virden leading the way with three. Duke was also 12 of 13 on the day in clear attempts and committed 13 turnovers in the loss.

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