This week's blog breaks down the latest polls and preps for what is always an exciting time in College Park - DUKE WEEK!
The Maryland-Duke rivalry spills over onto the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex Saturday as the Terps open their 2011 conference slate against the Blue Devils at noon.
There was plenty of buzz surrounding Maryland's experienced squad heading into last season, but the entire lacrosse community couldn't help but take notice after the Terps' drumming of Duke last February.
The game was a coming-out party for then-freshman Katie Schwarzmann. She certainly made her first legitimate case for ACC Rookie of the Year, registering three goals, five ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls.
In the 17-4 win, the Maryland defense held Duke to its lowest goal production in nearly five years. The Blue Devils were averaging 17 goals per game heading into that contest.
Below is a breakdown of the last 10 meetings between the Terps and the Blue Devils:
2/27/10 - at Duke - W, 17-4
4/26/09 - HOME - W, 12-11
2/28/09 - HOME - W, 15-13
5/17/08 - NCAA Quarterfinals - HOME L, 9-7
3/01/08 - at Duke - L, 14-13
3/3/07 - HOME - W, 19-18
4/28/06 - ACC Tournament (Baltimore, MD) - L, 19-9
2/25/06 - at Duke - L, 9-7
2/26/05 - HOME - L, 10-7
2/29/04 - at Duke- L, 9-7
I'll add one last thing on the Maryland-Duke rivalry before we move on. Head coach Cathy Reese is 41-1 in College Park since her arrival in 2007. That one lonely loss was - you guessed it - to Duke. Maryland was eliminated from postseason play with a 9-7 loss to the Blue Devils in the NCAA Quarterfinals May 17, 2008.
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It's going to be a fabulous day for lacrosse with Maryland's men's squad facing Georgetown at 3 p.m. after the Terps-Blue Devils match. Fans can get a general admission ticket for the men's game for $2 off by showing their used ticket stub from the women's match Saturday.
Maryland garnered all eight first place votes in this week's deBeer/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
You certainly can't fault the top-ranked Terps for a fluff schedule. This week's top ten features six teams on Maryland's 2011 slate including No. 3 Duke, No. 4 North Carolina, No. 5 Georgetown, No. 7 Penn, No. 9 Syracuse and No. 10 James Madison.
In addition to six teams in the top ten, Maryland will also face No. 12 Virginia, No. 14 Dartmouth, No. 15 Towson, No. 16 Boston College and No. 19 Princeton. The Terps already defeated the poll's 18th-ranked squad - Penn State.
If that doesn't break down this week's rankings enough for you, here is this week's full poll.
CAREER RECORD WATCH
Karri Ellen Johnson and Sarah Mollison are making moves up the career goals and assists charts, respectively.
Johnson, after being held scoreless for the first time in her 2-plus year career at Maryland Sunday, is currently eighth all-time and is two goals away from tying Anysia Fedec at No. 7.
Mollison, who already has 11 helpers in 2011, is three assists away from tying Allison Comito, who sits at seventh all-time.
Fans will be able to watch the Maryland-Duke game live on TerpsTV Premium, which is a subscription service that offers exclusive video and audio content. The service is available for an annual subscription price of $79.95 or a monthly subscription of $9.95 per month. In addition to Saturday's #1 v. #3 showdown, games against Syracuse and North Carolina are also scheduled to be live on TerpsTV Premium. For more information, click here.
Be on the lookout for fun question and answer sessions with this year's team on Umterps.com. Each week, we will quiz a variety of Terps on their opinions on everything from pop culture to team chemistry to what is blasting on their iPod. Check out this week's featured Terrapin, Brittany Dipper, by clicking here.