Feb. 25, 2006
DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 2 Duke Blue Devils rallied from an early deficit and held off a strong comeback effort from the No. 5 Maryland Terrapins to win 9-7 Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. Delia Cox scored three goals and Kelly Kasper netted a pair to help lead the Terps offensively, and Allie Buote came up with a career-high 10 saves to hold the Blue Devils to nine goals in the game.
"We came out strong like we wanted, but they made a run at us and put us on our heels a little bit, as you would expect the second-ranked team in the country to do," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "I am really proud of the way our girls fought the entire way. We knew this was going to be a tough task, but the team responded well."
The Terps raced out of the gates with a 4-1 lead in the first 10 minutes of action. Cox registered two of those scores, and Kasper and Brooke Richards added the others. Duke then rallied for six-straight goals to close the half, including three in a 1:44 span from 7:30-5:46 in the first half. The Blue Devils would go into the half up 7-4.
Duke continued to stretch its lead in the second with a goals in the 31st and 33rd minutes. However, that would be the last tally the Blue Devils would score in the game. The Terps, though, were unable to mount a charge, in large part due to the play of Duke goalie Megan Huether, who stopped several Terrapin shots from point-blank range. Maryland started its rally in the 50th minute when Krista Pellizzi converted a free-position goal. Duke won the ensuing draw control, but Katie Princiotto forced a turnover and Kasper scooped up the loose ball and ripped a shot from outside the 8-meter arc for the score.
Duke again controlled the draw, and after a prolonged possession, the Terps got the ball after an errant Katie Chrest shot was picked up by Lauren Cohen. Cox converted on the offensive end to make the score 9-7 with just over three minutes left.
The Blue Devils again won a crucial draw control, and tried to stall, but Martha Raver intercepted a pass and gave the Terps another chance. However, Maryland turned the ball over and Duke managed to run out the clock to hold on for the win.
The Terp defense managed to hold 2005 Tewaaraton winner Katie Chrest to just one goal on the day. Rachel Sanford and Carolyn Davis scored hat tricks for the Blue Devils.