#5 Terps' Defense Halts #24 Devils, 2-0
Oct. 6, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The defense of No. 5 Maryland halted No. 24 Duke, 2-0, Saturday, as it held the scoreless Blue Devils to just five shots and four penalty corners. Juniors Jill Witmer and Ali McEvoy scored the Terps' two goals.
"Duke is very, very explosive, well-coached tactically and is a very savvy team," head coach Missy Meharg said. "They're a team that's still gelling and in many ways, I feel like we are too. Right now, we're just focused on playing a really good team and getting an outcome against an ACC team here at home."
"We played good defense. Sarah Sprink and Hayley Turner were very, very strong back there, along with Janessa Pope and Megan Frazer in the midfield. These guys counterdefend. I felt like we had numbers under the ball all the time. With Duke's last ditch efforts and after their timeout, I thought Sarah Sprink was phenomenal."
After over 22 minutes of defensive hockey, sophomore Maxine Fluharty and Witmer teamed up to put Maryland on the board with 12:32 left in the first half. Fluharty sent in a hard backhanded shot from the top left corner of the circle and Witmer deflected in a high shot for the score.
Maryland held on to its one-goal lead through most of the second half. Duke called a timeout with 18 minutes to go. With just over six minutes remaining, it earned a penalty corner. The Devils' shot hit the crossbar and Maryland took it back the other way.
Sophomore Katie Gerzabek drew a penalty corner at the other end. McEvoy made it a 2-0 lead with 5:27 remaining with off a corner set up by Gerzabek and Fluharty.
Duke threatened in the remaining minutes, but the Terrapin defense held them off the board.
Maryland outshot the Devils, 7-5, and each had four penalty corners. Junior goalkeeper Natalie Hunter had two saves, both in the second half, and Duke's Lauren Blazing had two as well.
Next, the Terrapins will play at No. 10 Old Dominion Friday at 5 p.m. in Norfolk, Va. The Terps and the Monarchs have split their last two meetings. Maryland won 4-0 in the 2011 Final Four en route to its eighth NCAA title, but Old Dominion edged the Terrapins 2-1 on Aug. 31 in College Park. GameTracker live stats will be available and the game will be streamed live online for a fee.
Next Sunday, Oct. 14, the Terps will welcome UC Davis to College Park for their annual Pink Game at 1 p.m.