Maryland's annual end-of-the-season collapse almost came in March.
But Terps junior attackman Grant Catalino scored with 1 minute, 50 seconds left in the four-minute, sudden-death overtime to halt a valiant comeback attempt by Duke, as No. 7 Maryland defeated the No. 6 Blue Devils, 11-10, in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium Saturday.
Duke rallied with three goals in the last 4:22 of regulation to send the game into overtime, thanks largely to some lazy passes by Maryland, particularly Catalino, whose lob pass contributed to Will McKee's game-tying goal with 13 seconds remaining.
In overtime, McKee had the ball outside the crease when he took a major hit from Maryland midfielder Bryn Holmes that separated him from the ball.
Maryland long-pole midfielder Brian Farrell picked up the ball near the restraining line and ran about 40 yards before passing to midfielder Dean Hart. He then dished off to Catalino, who finished the fast break with his fifth goal of the game.
"We kept fighting," Maryland coach Dave Cottle said. "Our theme was to start fast and finish strong. We had some bad play in the last few minutes, but we kept fighting and fighting. We're playing a lot of kids, and I think we're starting to play with a lot of confidence. This was a big win for us."
In other words, the Terps (3-0) are starting to grow up. They have 14 juniors and 11 sophomores on the roster. Instead of watching other teams make plays, Maryland is starting to make big plays of its own.
Senior attackman Will Yeatman had two goals, and junior attackman Ryan Young had two goals and two assists. Five other Terps scored a goal or had an assist.
"We have a lot of guys contributing now, and that takes the pressure off certain guys," Catalino said. "Those guys no longer have to score every game."
Duke was led by attackmen Zach Howell (four goals) and Max Quinzani (three). The Blue Devils (2-2) outshot Maryland 37-29, beat the Terps in ground balls 42-33 and won 17 of 25 faceoffs. When a team wins in those categories, that usually means victory.
But Maryland senior goalie Brian Phipps had 15 saves to Duke freshman Dan Wigrizer's eight.
"We have a fourth-year starter as a senior, and they have a freshman," Cottle said. "We should win the goalie matchup. Coming into the game, we thought we needed 15 to 18 saves to win, and he had 15." Maryland33311-11Duke1 4230-10Goals:
M-Catalino 5, Yeatman 2, Haus, Reed, Sear, Young; D-Howell 4, Quinzani 3, Catalino, Crotty, McKee. Assists:
M-Young 2, Catalino, Hart, Haus, LaRue, Reed; D-Crotty 4, Turri 2, Livadas. Saves:
M-Phipps 15; D-Wigrizer 8.