Mar. 2, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The sixth-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team lost 14-7 to No. 2 Duke Friday night in front of 5,283 fans at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium.
Junior attackman Max Ritz scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Terps, but it was Blue Devil attackman Matt Danowski that stole the show with six goals and an assist.
Danowski assisted Gibbs Fogarty's first of two goals just more than a minute into the game for a 1-0 Duke lead. Maryland answered right back off the ensuing face-off as junior Will Dalton scored his second goal of the season to knot the score at one apiece.
But that was as close as the Terps would come to the Blue Devils on this night as Duke scored three unanswered goals to take a 4-1 lead.
Ritz's first goal of the game cut the lead to a pair of goals heading into the second quarter, but the Blue Devils scored four of the next five goals for a five-goal halftime advantage.
Maryland gained some momentum on freshman midfielder Adam Sear's first collegiate goal off an assist from Ritz. Duke's Nick O'Hara answered back off the face-off for the Blue Devils less than a minute later to take a 9-4 lead.
Terp senior Thomas Alford scored his fourth goal of the season at the 9:50 mark of the third quarter after scooping up a rebound off of Duke goalie Dan Loftus. That goal gut Duke's lead to four, but Danowski scored back-to-back goals less than three minutes apart to push Duke out to an 11-5 lead.
After Fogarty scored his second of the game to end the third quarter, Maryland picked up man-up goals from Ritz and sophomore Dan Groot to cut the lead to five. Duke closed out the game with a pair of scores from Zack Greer, who also had three assists, and Ned Crotty.
Maryland's defense was led by short-stick defensive midfielder Jimmy Borell, who tied his career high with five groundballs, and All-America candidates Ryan Clarke and Joe Cinsoky. Clarke caused three Blue Devil turnovers and picked up two groundballs, while Cinosky grabbed three groundballs and caused a pair of turnovers. Freshman Brian Phipps was solid in goal again for the Terps, turning in a career-best 13-save performance.
Maryland (2-2) returns to action on Saruday, March 10, when it takes to the road for the first time in 2007 at No. 16 Towson. That game is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start at Unitas Stadium and will be televised locally on WMAR-TV in Baltimore and nationally on ESPNU.
With today's 14-7 loss Maryland is now 54-15 all-time vs. Duke
With two goals and an assist Max Ritz now has 11 multi-goal and 16 multi-point games in his career.
The three-point game is also Ritz's fifth-straight game with multiple points and his fourth straight with at least three points.