UM women can't catch up in 10-7 loss to No. 4 Duke

Blue Devils jump out early, withstand Terps' late rally

College Lacrosse

February 27, 2005|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - The seventh-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse players left the field at halftime yesterday with a six-goal deficit against No. 4 Duke, unhappy with the way they were playing and wondering when the breaks would stop going in the Blue Devils' favor.

Coach Cindy Timchal told them they had to create some of their own luck.

The Terrapins responded by scoring the first five goals of the second half before a veteran Blue Devils squad doused Maryland's fire and went home to Durham, N.C., with a 10-7 victory in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at Maryland's Lacrosse and Field Hockey Complex.

"It's always disappointing losing here at home in our opener," Timchal said, "but I guarantee we're a stronger team because of this game."

Going into the second half trailing 7-1, the Terps scored the next five goals on eight shots - an improvement over a dull 1-for-11 first-half shooting performance.

"When the ball bounced, it just wasn't going our way [in the first half]," said Timchal, "and I don't think that's just luck. We could have created more of that in the first half. Going into the second half, we really believed we could match this team, and we just failed to show it, but we were willing to fight all the way."

The turnaround started in the midfield where the Terps (0-1, 0-1 ACC) had struggled in the first half as Duke (3-0, 1-0) dominated possession. Maryland won three of the first four second-half draws and finished the half with a 10-7 edge in ground balls.

Annie Collins scored twice in the 5-0 run and fed freshman Kelly Kasper for her first collegiate goal, while Greta Sommers scored on a free position. After Terps goalie Kirah Miles made a save against Duke top scorer Katie Chrest, her clear culminated in a textbook transition goal as Jessica Dorney fed to Katie Doolittle to close within 7-6 with 21:26 left.

The Terps appeared to tie the game with 18:56 left after a Duke offsides call resulted in Delia Cox netting a goal, which was disallowed on a crease violation.

The teams traded turnovers and shots until Chrest reeled in a high pass from Leigh Jester and whipped it shoulder high past Miles for an 8-6 lead with 14:52 to go. Jester fed Jessica Adam for a 9-6 Duke lead that all but sealed the victory.

Duke has won three of its past four games over Maryland, all season openers, but this marked the Blue Devils' first win over the Terps in College Park. The Terps have an 8-4 lead in the series, which dates to the Blue Devils' inaugural season in 1996.

"You look over and there's a banner that says national champions seven years in a row. It's awesome to play in this atmosphere with all these fans," said Chrest, of the 1,067 in attendance.

Chrest, a Maryvale graduate and one of three former All-Metro Players of the Year on Duke's squad, scored a game-high three goals. The others: Mount Hebron graduate Kristen Waagbo had two, and Severn graduate Adam had one.

Duke 7 3 - 10 Maryland 1 6 - 7

Goals: D-Chrest 3, Waagbo 2, Jester, Sparks, Sanford, Adam, Dirks; M-Collins 2, Kasper, Dorney, Doolittle, Richards, Sommers. Assists: D-Jester, Waagbo, Sparks; M-Collins, Dorney, Doolittle. Saves: D-Huether 7; M-Miles 9.

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