No. 2 Maryland Women Take 19-10 Win at No. 6 Duke
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The Terrapins offense was too hot too handle, as the Blue Devils fell 19-10 to #2 Maryland on their home field earlier today. With a 5-0 lead at the start of the game, Maryland left Duke trying to play catch-up from the start.
It was the first ACC matchup for both teams this season, with the Blue Devils looking to avenge last season's Elite Eight loss to Maryland, ending their run in the NCAA tournament. Heading into the game, Maryland led the series 17-9, with Duke holding the edge at home, with a 6-4 record against Maryland at Koskinen.
The Terps began the game with five unanswered goals in the first eight minutes of play, all coming from Beth Glaros and Taylor Cummings. The game was a story of runs, most of them by Maryland. Duke did not anticipate the impressive performance by Glaros, and seemed unable to stop her, as she netted five of her six goals in the first half.
Maddy Acton brought the Blue Devils back to life, briefly, scoring on two identical challenges to the left side. Maryland then went on another three-goal run, to make the score 9-2. Duke answered with a three-goal run of their own, heading into halftime.
The Blue Devils looked strong coming out of the locker room, gaining possession of the first two draws and scoring two quick goals in under two minutes and bringing the game to within two, at 9-7. That was the last glimmer of hope for the Blue Devils, as the Terps caught fire and went on a 6-0 run. Duke would not score again, until the 10:22 mark, with a goal by Kerrin Maurer, followed a few minutes later by a well-placed 8-meter goal by Brigid Smith. Maryland finished with a 4-0 run, until a last-ditch effort by the Blue Devils yielded a goal by Kelci Smesko, with three seconds to go.
Both teams have very different styles. Maryland is a team that likes to move the ball quickly and hit open looks inside, while Duke runs a much more deliberate offense and looks to create lanes for long challenges to goal.
Draw control continues to be a struggle for Duke, who lost the draw against Northwestern by a smaller margin the week before, and was dominated on the draw by Maryland's Taylor Cummings, whose seven draw controls accounted for a third of the teams 21 on the day.
Duke Coach Kerstin Kimel was not happy with the effort on the draw. "We were too often in a position, where we could have competed better for the draw, so that's got to be a big focus", said Kimel, "And you can't give a team like Maryland 40 shots. They're going to score lots of goals."
Duke struggled to make things happen offensively, and lack of off-ball movement made it difficult to create open lanes to goal, while Maryland's offense looked strong with the ball the entire game and never let up, outshooting Duke 40-23. Even when they led by a significant margin late in the second half, they continued to hit players inside, creating goals and drawing free-position opportunities on Duke fouls.
Head coach for Maryland, Cathy Reese was pleased with her team's overall performance, saying, "I thought our midfield played well on the draw, in transition, and in generating our offense. It's great to kick off the ACC portion of our schedule with a win."
Maryland will face William & Mary in College Park on Wednesday, March 5th at 5 PM.
At that same time, Duke will be back in Koskinen and the game will air live on ESPN 3.
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