April 28, 2006
BALTIMORE -- The No. 1 Duke Blue Devils used a 6-0 second half run to break a close game open and defeat the No. 5 Maryland, 19-9, in the ACC Semifinals Friday evening at M&T Bank Stadium. Delia Cox led all scorers with six goals, matching her career high for goals in a game.
"It just wasn't a good day for Maryland," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We missed out on doing some of the little things in the second half, and Duke did, and capitalized on those those little things. We ran into a really hot Duke team, so give them credit."
A day after 10 players scored goals for Maryland, only three Terps managed to find the back of the net against Duke: Cox, Kelly Kasper and Katie Doolittle. Despite allowing 19 goals, Allie Buote made 11 saves in the cage for the Terrapins. Becky Clipp led all players with three caused turnovers and six groundballs.
After a Katie Chrest free-position goal, Kelly Kasper and Delia Cox followed with goals to take the 2-1 lead. The Blue Devils responded with a 5-0 run over eight minutes to take the lead it would not relinquish the rest of the way. However, Cox outscored Duke 3-2 over the final 13 minutes of the first half to pull within three at the half, 8-5.
The two teams traded goals early in the second half, but Duke blew the game open with a 6-0 run over 13 minutes to turn the three-goal deficit to nine. Leading 15-6, Cox scored her sixth goal of the day on a free-position shot, but Chrest convered a free-position shot of her own just over three minutes later.
Doolittle provided the offense down the stretch for Maryland with free-position goals, but it wasn't enough. Duke finished the game with goals from Kristen Waagbo, Allie Johnson and Kim Wathey.
Maryland will conclude regular season play on Wednesday at Princeton. Duke advances to take on Virginia for the 2006 ACC title.