No. 1 Terps women overtake No. 2 Duke

Trailing by 4 goals at half, Maryland gets offense going to win season opener, 14-10

March 04, 2000|By Evan Markfield | Evan Markfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DURHAM, N.C. -- In a matchup of the nation's top two women's lacrosse teams, No. 1 Maryland proved it deserved the preseason top spot.

The Terrapins overcame a sluggish start and scored 10 goals in the second half en route to a 14-10 win against No. 2 Duke at Koskinen Stadium last night.

In winning their season opener, the Terps showed they are ready for the country's top competition in their quest to repeat as national champions.

"Obviously, you have an element of nerves, but it's a great way to start for both teams," said Maryland junior attacker Jen Adams, who scored three goals and had two assists. "It gives perspective of where we're going this season."

Maryland's jitters were apparent in the first half as Duke (1-1, 0-1) controlled the tempo to keep the Terrapins from using their speed.

Maryland had just 13 shots on goal in the half and trailed 8-4.

But the Terps scored the first five goals of the second half to take their first lead of the game with 13: 40 remaining.

Junior midfielder Quinn Carney scored twice and then put in another with 9: 35 to go.

"We had our emergency break on in the first half. We were a little tentative," said Maryland coach Cindy Timchal. "We just felt more confident with our shooting the second half. It seemed like just a matter of time before goals started coming."

The Terrapins outshot the Blue Devils 21-7 in the second half and 34-19 overall.

In those last 30 minutes, the Maryland attack was able to use its speed to victimize Duke goaltender Shannon Chaney and her defenders in quick bursts that left the Blue Devils struggling to recover.

With the game tied at 9 and less than 11 minutes remaining, the Terps scored three goals in 1: 45, including Carney's game-winner.

It was a far cry from the first half in which Duke's defense -- which returned only two starters from last season -- kept Maryland's dangerous front line in check, especially Adams.

Blue Devils freshman Meghan Walters drew the job of matching up with Adams and held the usually productive attacker to one goal in the first half by limiting her range, allowing Duke to jump in front early.

Walter "has a wingspan like a basketball player," Duke coach Kerstin Kimel said. "To get the ball around Meg would be a task. We felt she could get the job done."

While Walters and the Blue Devils' defense kept the Terps' offense in check as long as they could, the Duke attack sputtered in the second half, ending any chance the team had of taking over the No. 1 spot in the national rankings.

Maryland controlled the ball for much of the game, winning 23 of 31 ground balls, and the Blue Devils managed just two goals in the second half as the Terps swung the tempo back to the fast pace they enjoy.

Duke "came out and played inspired lacrosse in the first half," said Timchal. "But I have to credit our team for regrouping at halftime. We just finally got into our flow in the second half."

Though both teams said they were excited to have a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup so early in the season, they also said it was hard to tell whether the result was a good indicator of what will happen down the road.

Now Duke and Maryland have to look for to the season's end and the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament to get a rematch.

"The rankings don't matter," Duke goalie Shannon Chaney said. "It's what happens on the field. If you can't back up that ranking, you don't deserve it. Next time we play them, we have to make them play our style, not the other way around."

Maryland 4 10 -- 14

Duke 8 2 -- 10

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