DURHAM, N.C. – Junior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk scored four goals and added two assists to lead top-ranked Maryland past 19th-ranked Duke, 16-7, as 2,055 spectators looked on at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.
"I thought defensively we played hard," said head coach John Danowski. "I thought Maryland was terrific and they certainly have earned a No. 1 spot in the country. It is well deserved. They have some terrific senior leadership. Dynamite players and they were terrific today. I thought we played harder [than in recent games], but we have to learn to play smarter. I love our kids and I believe we'll get better."
The Terrapins (4-0, 1-0 ACC) never trailed after Owen Blye opened the scoring less than one minute into the contest. Chanenchuk had three goals as Maryland darted to a 7-1 lead in the opening 20 minutes of action.
Midway through the second period, Duke’s Josh Offit found the back of the net to pull the Blue Devils (2-4, 0-1 ACC) to within 7-3, but Maryland responded with consecutive goals to claim a 9-3 lead at halftime. Both teams netted one goal in the third quarter, and the Terrapins would eventually extend their advantage to 10 goals at 16-6 when Billy Gribbin scored with 4:35 remaining in the game.
Offit finished with two goals to lead Duke while Jordan Wolf handed out two assists. The Blue Devils utilized four goalkeepers, with starter Dan Wigrizer (2 saves & 5 goals against in 15:43) suffering the loss.
Ten different Terrapins registered goals on the day with Kevin Cooper, Jake Bernhardt and Jay Carlson posting two markers each. Goalkeeper Niko Amato recorded eight saves against six goals allowed while Charlie Raffa won 11-of-17 draws at the X.
Duke remains home to take on reigning NCAA champion Loyola on Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m.