#1 MD's Rowe Scores Twice but Falls to #9 Duke in Field Hockey, 3-2

Oct. 11, 2008

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The top-ranked Maryland Terrapins were unable to overcome No. 9 Duke's offensive pressure, falling to the Blue Devils, 3-2, at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park on Saturday. Playing without three starters, senior Susie Rowe scored twice for the Terps, who were outshot 15-1 in the second half.

Maryland (10-2, 3-1 ACC) was playing without one of its leading scorers in sophomore Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon), as well as juniors Brianna Davies (Annville, Pa./Palmyra Area) and Alexis Pappas (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal). The trio had been absent from the squad all week, playing for the U.S. Junior National Team at the Pan-American Games in Mexico City, Mexico.

Duke (9-3, 2-2 ACC) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, scoring on a deflected shot by Amie Survilla less than five minutes into the contest. Less than two minutes later, though, two-time All-American Susie Rowe (London, England/Colfe's School) beat the Blue Devils' goalie Samantha Nelson to a loose ball and ripped home the Terps' first score.

After Survilla scored again to regain the lead for Duke, it was once again Rowe who provided the equalizer. Rowe fired a shot off a penalty corner pass from junior Ameliet Rischen (Rotterdam, Netherlands/Wolfert Borselen). Nelson stopped the ball but could not control it, and Rowe popped the rebound over Nelson's head to even the score at 2-2.

The Terps and Blue Devils played an even game in the first half, with Duke outshooting Maryland 9-8 and the Terps holding a 4-3 advantage in penalty corners. In the second half, though, the Duke attack took over.

Outshooting the Terps 15-1 in the second half, Duke managed to earn five penalty corners in quick succession, finally capitalizing on one with a Marian Dickinson goal which, like Rowe's second, came off a rebounded save. Junior Alicia Grater (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown Area) recorded a career-high 10 saves off the Blue Devils' 24 total shots, including several which helped keep Maryland in the game late despite Duke's ability to maintain possession for much of the second half.

The Terps will be back in action tomorrow as they face Ivy League foe Penn. The Quakers will come to College Park sporting a 2-8 record, 1-2 in the Ivy League. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. Parking and admission is free.

#9 Duke (9-3, 2-2)      2   1  -  3
#1 Maryland (10-2, 3-1) 2   0  -  2
GOALS: DU, Amie Survilla (un), 30:23; Amie Survilla (Marian Dickinson), 25:30; Marian Dickinson (un), 60:35. MD, Susie Rowe (un), 28:51; Susie Rowe (un), 17:13. SHOTS: DU 24, MD 9. PENALTY CORNERS: DU 11, MD 5. SAVES: DU, Samantha Nelson 3 (2 GA, 70:00); MD, Alicia Grater 10 (3 GA, 66:24). ATTENDANCE: 807.