Maryland tops Duke, 10-7

Terps will face Virginia for ACC tournament crown

College lacrosse

April 23, 2004|By Baltimoresun.com Staff

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 3 Maryland ripped off the final three goals of the game to end three years of Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament frustration beating No. 16 Duke, 10-7 in the conference semifinals on Friday night at Fetzer Field.

Sophomore Joe Walters and freshman Mike Brown each tallied three goals in the victory.

The top-seeded Terps (9-2 overall) advanced to the ACC title game for the first time since 2001. Maryland is seeking its first conference tournament title since 1998. The Terps will play Virginia, which beat North Carolina 11-8, on Sunday at 3:30 p.m., in a game televised by Comcast SportsNet, FOX Sports South and Sunshine Network.

The win over Duke was especially sweet for the Terps as the Blue Devils had eliminated Maryland from each of the past three ACC Tournaments, the last two in the semifinal-round.

Defensive midfielder Paul Gillette (Severna Park) grabbed a career-high 10 groundballs in the win.

With the scored tied 7-7 with just over nine minutes left senior Justin Smith broke the tie as he put home a loose ball right in front of Duke goalie Aaron Fenton.

All-ACC selection Joe Walters made it 9-7 with his third goal of the game with 7:00 left in the game. The goal was the 30th of the year for the ACC's leading scorer and his eighth hat trick in 11 games.

Sophomore Brendan Healy (Landon) closed the scoring with a beautiful goal as he came on a wraparound with 2:29 left in the game for the 10-7 final.

The loss elimiates Duke from NCAA Tournament consideration as it is now 4-7 and cannot finish with a .500 or higher record.

The game was relatively even throughout the first three quarters with neither team leading by more than two goals.

With game tied at 4-4, the teams traded goals with Brown netting three goals - all in the third quarter - for his first career hat trick.

Maryland's Tim McGinnis made 10 saves in the win. Fenton had 12 for Duke.

Originally published April 23, 2004, 10:47 PM EDT

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