Balanced Attack Lifts No. 1 Terps Past Duke

Feb. 26, 2011

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Katie Schwarzmann and Karri Ellen Johnson scored five goals each to lead No. 1 Maryland to its first marquee win of the season against No. 3 Duke, 18-11, Saturday.

Schwarzmann tallied her third five-goal showing for Maryland (4-0, 1-0 ACC) and added a team-high five ground balls, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Johnson moved into sixth all-time in career goals at Maryland with five on the day and also added an assist, three ground balls, and two caused turnovers.

Maryland kicked off its league opener on a 2-0 run before Duke (3-1, 0-1 ACC) battled back with three unanswered scores, starting a back-and-forth first half that featured three lead changes and six ties.

The Terps kicked it up a notch with 10 minutes remaining in the period, outscoring the Blue Devils 5-2, courtesy of a balanced attack with goals coming from Johnson, Sarah Mollison, Alex Aust, Schwarzmann and Kristy Black.

Maryland came out firing in the second stanza with goals from Johnson and Schwarzmann kicking off a 9-4 Terrapin advantage in the final period. Schwarzmann scored three of her five goals in the second half.

"What a really exciting game...Duke is a very talented team," head coach Cathy Reese said. "I'm really pleased with our team's effort. I thought we played a great second half. We were able to change some things at halftime and changed some things with our defense and step up and do what we had to do to get the win today."

The Terps are now 13-8 all-time against Duke and carry a four-game winning streak in the series. Maryland has given up eight or more goals only three times in its current 14-game winning streak.

Maryland heads back on the road for an ACC contest at Virginia Friday.