No. 2 Duke Gets Past No. 3 Maryland, 8-7, In ACC Lacrosse Semifinals

April 19, 2002

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DURHAM, N.C. - Freshman Matt Rewkowski's goal with four seconds remaining in the first overtime lifted second-seeded and 12th-ranked Duke to an 8-7 win over third-seeded and sixth-ranked Maryland in the semifinals of the 2002 ACC Men's Lacrosse Tournament held Friday night at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.

The Blue Devils, who defeated Maryland by a 9-8 count on March 3 in Durham when Matt Monfett scored with two seconds left in the second overtime period, improve to 6-5 on the season. Duke, the defending league tournament champion, advances to meet top-seeded and number one-ranked Virginia in the championship game on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The Terrapins, losers of four one-goal contests this season, fall to 7-4.

Duke was led by senior goalkeeper A.J. Kincel, who was credited with 21 saves on the night. His total fell three saves short of the ACC Tournament record set by Duke's Carter Hertzberg against North Carolina in the 1993 semifinals.

Maryland dominated the game statistically as Brian Carroll won 13-of-19 face-offs. The Terrapins finished the night with 21 more ground balls (45-24) and 21 more shots (43-22).

Duke jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the opening quarter as Monfett and Kevin Cassese sandwiched goals around a tally by Maryland's Ryan Moran. The Terrapins then went on a 4-1 run with Mike LaMonica scoring twice in the spurt as Maryland claimed a 5-3 lead at intermission.

In the second half, Duke received a goal from Alex Lieske while Moran found the back of the net for Maryland before the Blue Devils scored three straight goals to go ahead 7-6 with 10:04 remaining in the fourth quarter on Kevin Brennan's tally. Maryland knotted the contest at 7-7 when Mike Mollot scored an extra-man goal with just under two minutes to play.

Maryland won the face-off to begin the overtime session, and Mike LaMonica banged a shot off the pipe with just over two minutes left. Duke received an extra man opportunity with 36 seconds remaining to set up a Monfett feed to a breaking Rewkowski in front of the net for the game-winning goal.

Moran paced the Terrapin attack with three goals -- his second three-goal outing against Duke this season -- while Mike LaMonica had two goals. Lieske and Rewkowski each had two goals for the Blue Devils.