Oct. 7, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The top-ranked Maryland field hockey team lost its first game of the season, suffering a 2-0 setback to fifth-ranked Duke at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on Saturday afternoon. The loss snapped a 12-game opening season win streak, the best start to the season in school history, and a 21-game win streak dating back to last season.
The Maryland (12-1, 3-1 ACC) defense did an outstanding job of limiting Duke (9-3, 2-2 ACC) to just four shots in the game, but the Blue Devils made the most of their opportunities. In the seventh minute, Marian Dickinson deflected Cara-Lynn Lopresti's shot into the goal, giving Duke a 1-0 lead. It wasn't until the 60th minute the Blue Devils would score again, as Amy Stopford knocked in the ball on a penalty corner.
The Terrapins did not have many more opportunities than Duke. Maryland did put together a couple of really good chances, beating the Blue Devils' defense to get a 1-v-1 and a 2-v-1 opportunity with the goalkeeper on two separate occasions, including early on in the third minute. Both times, Honda Award winner and three-time All-American Paula Infante (Santiago, Chile) carried the ball out of the backfield, sprinting passed several defenders, and drew the goalie out of the net. But the dish off to an unmarked teammate was just off the mark.
The first penalty corner of the game for either team did not come until the second half, both drawing three each in the period. Maryland could not convert on any of its chances, while the Blue Devils, who lead the nation in penalty corners per game, capitalized on one.
It is the first time since the 2004 NCAA Tournament semifinal loss to Wake Forest that the Terrapins have been shut out, a string of 37 games. It also ends freshman Nicole Muracco's (Sewell, N.J.) string of 11 games with at least a point. Muracco had been named ACC Player of the Week the last two weeks in a row.
The loss is also junior All-American goalkeeper Kathryn Masson's (Richmond, British Columbia) first to the Blue Devils, having posted victories in each of the last five meetings, including the 1-0 victory in the championship game of the NCAA Tournament.
Maryland is back on the road for another top-five meeting. The Terrapins take on third-ranked Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va., to close out the regular-season home-and-home series vs. the Lady Monarchs on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 12 p.m. The Terps then return home to close out the weekend on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. to host the University at Albany.
#5 Duke (9-4, 2-2) 1 1 - 2 #1 Maryland (12-1, 3-1) 0 0 - 0GOALS: DU, Marian Dickinson (Cara-Lynn Lopresti), 6:13; Amy Stopford (Brooke Patterson), pc, 59:37. SHOTS: DU 4, MD 9. PENALTY CORNERS: DU 3, MD 3. SAVES: DU, Caitlin Williams 3 (0 GA, 70:00); Kathryn Masson 0 (2 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 735.