March 4, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Behind a dominant defense and a high-powered attack, the No. 8 Maryland men's lacrosse team handed No. 7 Duke its worst loss in the series dating to 1984, beating the Blue Devils, 13-5 on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Byrd Stadium. The eight-goal margin of victory equals largest between Maryland and Duke since March 9, 1984, when the Terps beat the Blue Devils, 16-4. That contest was the first game coached at Maryland Dick Edell, who won his ACC-record-holding 161st game at Maryland on Sunday.
No. 8 Maryland's defense on man-down was amazing on Sunday, as the Terps held Duke to just one goal on 16 extra-man opportunities, as the Terps drew 16 penalties for 17 minutes. Overall, in allowing just five goals, Maryland held an ACC opponent to the fewest goals since North Carolina scored just four in a 5-4 Maryland win on April 1, 1989.
The offense did its part on Sunday as well, as the Terps' starting attack of Andrew Combs (Baltimore, Md.), Dan LaMonica (Parkton, Md.) and Mike Mollot (Holbrook, N.Y.) combined for 11 of the Terps goals. Combs equalled his career-high of five goals for the second time this season and third in his career and now has 13 in three games this season. Combs scored both of Maryland's extra-man goals on Sunday and has all five of the Terps' extra-man goals this season.
Both LaMonica and Mollot each scored three goals and added an assist on Sunday. Overall, both LaMonica and Mollot now have seven goals in the 2001 season.
Maryland jumped all over Duke early on Sunday building a 3-0 lead in the first quarter behind those two extra-man goals by Combs and Mollot's first of the day. The Terps built a six-goal margin by halftime as LaMonica scored twice to make it 5-0 and Combs and Mollot scored to close out the half for the 7-1 Maryland lead at halftime.
The third quarter was more Maryland as Chris Malone (Timonium, Md.) scored 14 seconds into the half to make it 8-1 and Mollot scored his third of the game with 1:27 left in the third to make it 9-2.
Duke scored three times in the fourth, but the Terps tallied four goals as Combs notched his fourth and fifth tallies, while LaMonica posted his first career hat trick. Craig Hochstadt (Columbia, Md.) scored the Terps' other goal off an assist from Alex Poole (Hunt Valley, Md.)
In goal, Pat McGinnis (Ellicott City, Md.) was sensational, making 19 saves, including nine in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.
Maryland returns to action on Tuesday -- weather permitting -- as the Terps play host to Bucknell at 4 p.m. For the latest on the weather situation, please call 301-314-TERP or check www.umterps.com.
GAME SCORING #7 DUKE (2-1) 0 1 1 3 --5 #8 MARYLAND (3-0) 3 4 2 4 --13
Qtr.-Time Team, Goal (Assist) DU-UM 1-10:31 Maryland, Andrew Combs (Chris Malone) EMG 0-1 1-5:55 Maryland, Andrew Combs (Mike Mollot) EMG 0-2 1-4:58 Maryland, Mike Mollot (un) 0-3 2-10:26 Maryland, Dan LaMonica (un) 0-4 2-6:34 Maryland, Dan LaMonica (un) 0-5 2-6:27 Duke, Mack Hardaker (Alex Lieske) 1-5 2-5:06 Maryland, Andrew Combs (Dan LaMonica) 1-6 2-3:53 Maryland, Mike Mollot (un) 1-7 3-14:46 Maryland, Chris Malone (un) 1-8 3-2:34 Duke, Greg Patchak (Alex Lieske) EMG 2-8 3-1:27 Maryland, Mike Mollot (un) 2-9 4-14:20 Duke, Kevin Brennan (Alex Lieske) 3-9 4-12:56 Duke, Terrence Keaney (un) 4-9 4-10:56 Maryland, Craig Hochstadt (Alex Poole) 4-10 4-8:56 Duke, Kevin Brennan (Greg Patchak) 5-10 4-5:18 Maryland, Andrew Combs (Ian Healy) 5-11 4-4:01 Maryland, Dan LaMonica (un) 5-12 4-2:05 Maryland, Andrew Combs (Malone) 5-13
TEAM STATS Category Duke Maryland Shots 8-5-9-17=39 7-8-6-8=29 Saves 3-3-2-1=9 3-3-4-9=19 Face-Offs 10/20 10/20 Groundballs 5-5-9-9=28 15-11-6-8=40 Clears 13/18 15/16 Extra-Man Opp. 1/16 2/5 Penalties 5/4:00 16/17:00
INDIVIDUAL SCORING Duke Goals-Asst.-Pts. Terrence Keaney 2-0-2 Greg Patchak 1-1-2 Kevin Brennan 1-0-1 Mack Hardaker 1-0-1 Alex Lieske 0-3-3
GOALIES Duke Goalies Saves GA Min. Matt Breslin 9 13 60
Maryland Saves GA Min. Pat McGinnis 19 5 60