On target, Duke upsets Terps, 10-8

No. 3 UM misses 42 shots

Blue Devils hit 10 of 26

March 06, 2005|By David Selig | David Selig,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - One week after Maryland lacrosse coach Dave Cottle praised his team for taking advantage of a high percentage of opportunities, Duke supported his theory that shooting percentage is the most important statistic in lacrosse.

The No. 12 Blue Devils (4-0) controlled the ball, clock and scoreboard throughout the second half yesterday at the Maryland Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex, and upset the Terps, 10-8, in the teams' first Atlantic Coast Conference contest.

Duke converted 10 of 26 shots, while the No. 3 Terps (1-1) found the net on only eight of 50 attempts.

"We held them to low enough goals that we should have been able to win that game," Cottle said. "I just don't think they executed on offense. I didn't think we were sharp all week in practice offensively, and it came back to haunt us a little bit."

The Terps scored the game's first three goals and led 6-4 with 12 minutes remaining in the third quarter after a score by midfielder Andrew Schwartzman.

After winning the ensuing faceoff, Duke midfielder Matt Zash ran through the Terps' defense and brought the Blue Devils within one with his second goal.

From that point, Duke held the ball for long possessions and attacked only when it saw an opening, a tactic that aggravated the Terps offense.

"It's frustrating when you don't have the ball," said sophomore attacker Michael Phipps, who had two goals and an assist. "You're [mad] and frustrated and you've got to watch them play offense for a while."

Zash, Kyle Dowd, Matt Danowski and Zack Greer each scored two goals for the Blue Devils, who scored five in a row to move ahead 9-6 early in the fourth quarter.

The Terps pulled back within one, and Phipps had a chance to tie the game with 2:40 left. He charged the net, but was stopped by Duke goalie Aaron Fenton.

"I shot off his hip and he stuck his leg out," Phipps said. "It hit him in the thigh. I should've cashed in."

After recovering the ground ball, the Blue Devils appeared ready to run out the clock. But Dowd saw a crease and fired a shot past Terps goalie Harry Alford to extend the lead to two.

Alford, who made 25 saves in his first start last week against Georgetown, had eight stops. He was helpless on many shots, but made a couple of lunging plays.

Fenton, who made 16 saves for the Blue Devils, was a large reason the Terps' offense was held to three goals in the second half, but the methodical tempo was also key.

"Maryland is so good in the unsettled [game] and so good in transition and off the faceoff, so we tried to do our best to take that away," Duke coach Mike Pressler said of his team's lengthy possessions. "By playing a little bit slower on offense, it gives our defense a break."

Junior attacker Joe Walters led the Terps with three goals, but admitted the offense wasn't as sharp as a week ago, when the team scored 13 goals against Georgetown.

"We definitely took a step back this week," he said. "They're a sliding team, and we didn't move the ball."

Duke 0 4 3 3 - 10

Maryland 3 2 1 2 - 8

Goals: D-Danowski 2, Dowd 2, Zash 2, Greer 2, Flannery, Krom; M-Walters 3, Phipps 2, Healy, McGlone, Schwartzman. Assists: D-Danowski, Dowd, Marshall, Zash; M- Healy, McGlone, Phipps, Ritz. Saves: D-Fenton 16; M-Alford 8.

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