No. 5 Terps Throttle No. 7 Duke, 13-7, In Season Opener.
March 2, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After a slow start, Maryland goalie Danny McCormick (McLean, Va.) made sure an overflow crowd of 1,831 would not go home disappointed as the Terps cruised to a 13-7 season-opening victory over ACC rival Duke (2-1) Sunday at the Artificial Turf Facility.
McCormick had a career-high 17 saves to lead a stellar defensive effort that kept Duke off the scoreboard for a 38-minute stretch from early in the second quarter until the game's final moments.
"I thought our defense was really impressive," said Maryland head coach Dave Cottle. "We played really solid from the second quarter on. I have to give Coach Slafkosky a lot of credit for a great gameplan. I told the team before the game that we had to win the goalie matchup and today we did. McCormick was excellent in goal."
Duke scored three of the game's first four goals to jump on top early, before Maryland's defensive pressure stymied the Blue Devil attackers.
LaMonica's hat trick was the seventh of his career, as the Terrapins avenged two one-goal defeats to the Devils last year. LaMonica's first goal began the Maryland onslaught and Hunt's second score seconds later tied the game at four. Goals by Mike Mollot (Holbrook, N.Y.), Hunt and Ryan Moran (Setauket, N.Y.) gave the Terps a 7-4 halftime advantage.
The Terrapins scored six times in the first 23 minutes of the second half, before Duke tallied the final three goals.
Maryland utilized its man-up chances, scoring on four of six extra-man opportunities, while Duke was held to just one goal with the man advantage.
"We really took advantage of our man-up chances," Cottle added. "When Dan LaMonica and Brian Hunt play the way they did, it really gives us a big lift on the man-up."
In their last two home games against Duke, Maryland has outscored the Devils 26-12, including a 13-5 victory in 2001
Kevin Brennan tallied three goals to pace the visitors and goalie A.J. Kincel had 15 saves.
Maryland returns to action next Saturday as they travel to Towson for a 1 p.m. televised match-up against the Tigers. The game will air on WMAR-TV 2 in Baltimore.