Duke knocks No. 1 UM women off perch

Terps' 43-game win streak ends with 9-8 defeat

March 02, 2002|By Evan Markfield | Evan Markfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DURHAM, N.C. - Maryland's women's lacrosse team has been the No. 1 team in the national polls for 33 consecutive weeks, dating to the end of the 1998 season.

But that's about to change. The Terrapins, ranked No. 1 in the preseason Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association poll, fell to No. 3 Duke, 9-8, last night at Koskinen Stadium.

The win by the Blue Devils (2-0) ended Maryland's 43-game winning streak, which dated to the 2000 season.

There was drama down to the final seconds as an apparent Maryland goal with eight seconds remaining was waved off due to a dangerous follow-through penalty against Terps attacker Courtney Hobbs.

"As a coach, it's a little frustrating," Maryland coach Cindy Timchal said. "It's the umpire's interpretation. We thought we had the tying goal."

That play came less than 20 seconds after Maryland (0-1) had blown another opportunity to tie the game. With the Terps setting up for an open penalty shot just yards from the cage, freshman Acacia Walker was whistled for being offside.

Thanks to those miscues, Duke's goal from junior midfielder Lauren Gallagher with 1:49 remaining stood up as the game-winner.

Maryland freshman defender Greta Sommers slashed Gallagher in front of the cage to set up a penalty shot. Gallagher jumped around a defender and one-hopped the ball past Terps goalie Alexis Venechanos.

The Terrapins had won seven of the eight previous meetings between the two teams, with the Blue Devils' only other win coming in 1998 at home.

"It feels awesome," Gallagher said. "We play them tough every year. We came into this game knowing we had to outhustle them to come out on top."

Duke goalie Kristin Foster did her part to keep the Blue Devils close, stopping several point-blank shots from Maryland's attack early in the second half.

But the Duke attackers met the same fate at the other end, getting denied on several close looks and sending a couple shots high and wide.

The game was tied five times, the last when Duke attacker Jessica Bennett put in a goal on a penalty shot with 3:58 to go.

Maryland built some breathing room late in the first half when it rattled off the last three goals of the period - in a span of 1:33 - to take a 6-3 lead.

Maryland 6 2 - 8

Duke 3 6 - 9

Goals: M-Coppedge 3, Hobbs, Leggio, Collins, Judd, Egan; D-Gallagher 3, Bennett 3, McHenry, Barnet, Dirks. Assists: M-Hobbs 2, Judd, Leggio; D-Laschinger. Saves: M-Venechanos 11; D-Foster 12.

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