No. 4 Seeded Duke Upsets Top-Seeded Terps, 7-6 In ACC Semifinal
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The No. 13/No. 4 seed Duke Blue Devils handed the No. 5/No. 1 seed Maryland Terrapins, a 7-6 loss in the first ACC men's lacrosse semifinal at a rain Klockner Stadium.
The Blue Devils (8-5 overall) jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first quarter and held on as Maryland mounted a comeback late in the game. All-ACC midfielder Kevin Cassese scored two of his three goals in the first quarter. All-ACC attacker Matt Rewkowski also netted three for the Blue Devils.
Maryland (7-3 overall) was led by senior All-ACC midfielder Ryan Moran who scored three goals and had a chance to tie the game as he was stopped by Duke goalie A.J. Kincel as time expired after the Terps made a full-field rush in the final seconds.
Kincel was stellar against Maryland again, as he made 12 saves.
Duke opened on top 3-0 in the first 12 minutes of the contest as Rewkowski, Matt Monfett and Cassese scored goals. Maryland's Joe Walters then got the Terps on the scoreboard at the 2:34 mark of the opening quarter, but, on the ensuing face-off, Cassese won the draw, secured the ground ball and raced to goal, beating Maryland goalkeeper Danny McCormick for a 4-1 Blue Devil advantage.
Moran then scored consecutive goals at the 3:40 mark of the second quarter and 14:18 mark of the third period to pull the Terrapins within 4-3. After Rewkowski scored on a pass from Kevin Brennan with 8:54 left in the third quarter, Maryland's Dan LaMonica found the back of the net on a feed from Willy Passavia at the 6:23 mark.
Cassese's man-advantage goal closed the third quarter scoring, and Rewkowski's third goal of the day at the 11:54 mark of the final period pushed the Duke lead to three goals at 7-4.Maryland fought back with Moran scoring at the 9:51 mark, and Walters' goal with just 46 seconds remaining cut the lead to one. Duke then won the face-off and held the ball until a turnover gave Maryland possession with 13 seconds left. The Terps went the length of the field, but Kincel saved Moran's shot with two seconds left on the clock to preserve the victory.
Duke, which has eliminated Maryland from the ACC Tournament in each of the past three seasons, avenged a 13-7 loss to the Terps back on March 2 in College Park.
The Blue Devils fell to Virginia in the ACC title game, 12-6.The Cavaliers Billy Glading was named the tournament MVP after he tallied five goals in the championship game. Moran was named to the All-Tournament team from Maryland.
Goalies: Duke- A.J. Kincel (60:00, 6 GA, 12 saves). Maryland - Danny McCormick (60:00, 7 GA, 4 saves).
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