COLLEGE PARK, Md. –Second-ranked Maryland scored seven unanswered goals over the span of three quarters to upend top-ranked Duke 10-6 in ACC men’s lacrosse action this afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Mike Chanenchuk led the charge for the Terps with five goals and six points.
“I want to congratulate the University of Maryland,” said head coach John Danowski. “They played a great 60 minutes. I thought their goalie was terrific. Defensively, I thought they had a really good game plan and understood how they play. I’m very proud of our guys’ first half effort. Certainly we were disappointed in our second-half effort, but the calendar says it’s March 1 and the plan is we’re going to learn from this film and move forward.”
It was a tale of two halves as the squads traded goals in the opening two quarters before Maryland (4-0) took over in the third quarter. The Terrapins held the Blue Devils scoreless for 26:26 en route to opening up the 10-5 lead after trailing 5-3 midway through the second quarter.
Jordan Wolf led Duke (4-1) with two goals and an assist, while Josh Dionne chipped in two tallies. Luke Aaron anchored the defense with a career-high 15 saves. It was Aaron’s third straight double-digit save performance.
The first half was back and forth, featuring four ties and three lead changes. Maryland scored the final three goals of the second quarter to take a 6-5 advantage into the break. Both of Wolf and Dionne’s goals came in the opening half. Chanenchuk paced the Terps with three of the six goals.
After trading goals in the first quarter, Maryland regained a 3-2 lead just 45 seconds into the second frame before Duke rattled off three straight for the 5-3 advantage midway through the period. Matheis netted two in that span.
The Terrapins answered with three goals of their own in the final 4:40 to send Duke into the locker room trailing for the first time all season.
The third quarter was all Maryland as it outscored Duke 4-0 and held the Blue Devils to just five shots and won the ground ball battle, 8-5. Chanenchuk had two of the quarter’s four goals and won the ground ball battle 8-5. Aaron made five stops in the third quarter, as Duke kept the Terps at bay for 11:29. Maryland scored all three goals in the final 3:31.
“It’s the kind of sport where I know you’re not going to save every shot,” said Aaron. “They definitely picked some corners in that quarter so hats off to them. Overall, when it keeps coming wave after wave…I think we held them off for the most part. The ones I did save I saw them. They were outside shots because our defense played really well.”
Maryland added one more score 43 seconds into the final quarter before Myles Jones ended Duke’s scoring drought at 26:26 to make it 10-6 with 10 minutes remaining. The Terrapins slowed down their offense and were able to hold back a potent Duke scoring attack to remain unbeaten on the year.
Duke is back in action at Loyola, March 9 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.