DURHAM, N.C. - Maryland's women's lacrosse team won't be in any hurry to visit Duke again.
The No. 2 Terrapins, who haven't won at Duke since the 2000 season, opened their ACC schedule with a 9-7 loss to the fourth-ranked Blue Devils yesterday at Koskinen Stadium.
The loss dropped the Terps to 1-1 overall, while Duke improved to 3-0 and 1-0 in the conference.
The Blue Devils led by five goals four times in the second half before Maryland scored the final three goals of the game to add some tension to the final minutes.
But it wasn't enough to overcome a first half in which Duke took eight more shots than Maryland and jumped to a 5-1 lead.
"We had to really fight to come from behind," Maryland coach Cindy Timchal said. "Duke played a good first half and took control. Things were really not going our way."
Junior attacker Jessica Dorney led the Terrapins with three goals. All of them came in the final 16 minutes of the game as Maryland tried to scramble back.
The Terps also got a pair of goals from reigning ACC Player of the Year Kelly Coppedge.
But Duke's offense controlled the ball, keeping it away from Maryland's attack and drawing 28 fouls - 15 more than the Blue Devils committed.
"The key to the game was going to be possession," said Duke attacker Katie Chrest, who was one of four Blue Devils with a pair of goals in the game. "We knew that was going to win the game."
Maryland couldn't get any offense going in the first half as Duke's pressuring defense kept the Terrapins out of the offensive zone. When they did get near the cage, Blue Devils goalkeeper Megan Huether stopped them cold.
The sophomore had three point-blank stops on Maryland's best scoring opportunities of the period and finished with 15 saves.
"She played really well," Timchal said. "There were probably a couple of key saves on her part where we could have made the game interesting."
The Terps' lone goal in the first half came from Coppedge, who extended her team-high scoring streak to 27 games.
That goal came on a free-position shot right in front of the Duke net.
The Blue Devils got five goals from four players in the first half.
But Maryland's players were encouraged by their showing after the break and hope that's what carries over into the rest of the season.
"The second half we really proved ourselves," Dorney said. "We had our moments, and we know how good we can play."
Maryland 1 6 - 7
Duke 5 4 - 9
Goals: M-Dorney 3, Coppedge 2, Collins, Warren; D-Dirks 2, Horton 2, Chrest 2, Miller 2, Broesler. Assists: M-Collins 2, Dorney, Walker; D-Sparks 2, Laschinger. Saves: M-Miles 12; D-Huether 15.