No. 7 Maryland loses 1st opener since '83 Duke races out to 9-5 victory

March 07, 1993|By Bob Clark | Bob Clark,Contributing Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- For the first time in his 10 years at Maryland, head coach Dick Edell was a loser in his season opener.

The Terrapins, ranked No. 7 in The Sun and USILA preseason polls, were outplayed in all facets of the game in dropping a stunning 9-5 opener to Atlantic Coast Conference rival Duke (3-0) before 1,100 chilled fans at Byrd Stadium yesterday.

"We were average in every way. And you can't do that against a team like Duke," said Edell, whose team had defeated the Blue Devils in five consecutive games and three times last season by a total of five goals. "Duke was clearly the superior team now.

"I'm disappointed in the way we played. You're not going to win many games when you only score five goals. You lose 9-5 to Duke and you've got to think about changing things."

The loss was Maryland's first in a season opener since losing to Syracuse in 1983, the year before Edell took over. It was the second season-opening loss for the Terps since 1971.

The Terrapins were playing their first game because the scheduled opener with Franklin & Marshall was snowed out Feb. And their play looked ragged from the outset, as Duke, which had won twice last weekend, built a 3-0 lead less than 12 minutes into the game.

"We haven't really had a good quality scrimmage," said Terrapins senior midfielder Jay Pasko. "When the game started, everybody seemed to have the jitters."

Maryland scored in the first minute of the second quarter, when Rob Chomo fed Pasko for the goal while Maryland had a two-man advantage.

Duke scored less than a minute later before the Terrapins put together a three-goal run in less than four minutes that brought them even (4-4) on an unassisted score by Sean Crawford midway through the second quarter.

Duke scored the final goal of the opening half, taking a 5-4 lead, on a bouncer by sophomore midfielder Matt Oglesby with 4:17 left in the half. Oglesby scored the only goal of the third quarter to open a 6-4 lead.

The Terps cut that lead to 6-5 on a rebound score by Matt Parks 1:47 into the fourth quarter.

But Duke answered that two minutes later with a pair of goals in a 10-second spurt. Oglesby fed Scott Harrison to make it 7-5. Then faceoff man Blake Holden (Loyola High) controlled the next draw and raced in to score, raising the Blue Devils lead to 8-5 with less than 11 minutes to play.

"That kind of broke our backs," said Pasko. "Last season we had a lot of senior leadership and heart. This team has to step up and show some heart."

The victory was especially pleasing to Holden, who had suffered through those three close losses last season. "It feels real good to win back home," he said. "Those games really hurt last year. But today our middies stepped up and the defense was unbelievable and then we have our All-America goalie."

Duke goalie Carter Hertzberg finished with 16 saves.

Maryland travels to Towson State on Saturday.

Duke 3 2 1 3 -- 9

Maryland 0 4 0 1 -- 5

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