May 28, 2005
Philadelphia, Pa. - The third-seeded University of Maryland's men's lacrosse team's run in the NCAA Tournament came to an end with a 18-9 semifinal loss to No. 2 seed Duke, Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
The Terps jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on Bill McGlone's 26th goal of the season, but the Blue Devils took the game over, scoring the next nine goals. Senior midfielder Andrew Schwartzman gave Maryland a boost heading into the half with two scored late in the second quarter, but Duke answered right back with a goal at the end of the quarter to push the lead to 10-3 at the break.
Junior All-American Joe Walters, who was held in check in the first half by Duke's Tony McDevitt, refused to let the Terps go away quietly, scoring three times in the third quarter for his 25th career hat trick. The Blue Devils managed to keep the pressure on despite the Terrapin run when freshman Zach Greer scored his third of four goals with 44 seconds left in the third to give Duke a 13-7 lead heading into the fourth.
The Blue Devils got two quick goals in the final period to extend their lead to 15-7. Maryland tried to grab some momentum at the 10:30 mark when Xander Ritz scored off an assist from McGlone. But Duke scored three goals in the next seven minutes and held Maryland without a goal for an 18-8 lead. Terrapin sophomore midfielder Thomas Alford scored his first goal of the season to finish the scoring.
The Maryland offense was stifled all day by Duke goalie Aaron Fenton, who finished the game with 15 saves. Leading the way for the Terps' defense was freshman Joe Cinosky and face-off wingman Charlie Wiggins, who each set career highs with four and five groundballs, respectively.
Maryland finishes its season with an 11-6 overall record. Today's loss marks the final game for six Terp seniors: Matt Aksionoff, Ian Healy, Tyler Hereth, Dave Matz, Andrew Schwartzman and Gavin Webb.
With today's 18-9 loss Maryland is 53-15 all-time vs. Duke.
The loss moves Maryland's all-time record in NCAA play to 37-26.
In the quarterfinals Maryland is now 9-9 in the semifinals.
With three goals Joe Walters extended his point scoring streak to 33 games.
When Walters and Bill McGlone score goals in the same game Maryland is now 23-9.
For Walters it was his 25th career hat trick.
Xander Ritz extended his point scoring streak scoring to 17 with his fourth quarter goal.