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Blue Devils Fall To Maryland In Face-Off Classic
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/28/2009
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BALTIMORE—Max Quinzani and Ned Crotty combined for five goals and three assists, but it was not enough today as No. 10 Duke fell to ACC rival Maryland 11-8 in the annual Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium. The 11th-ranked Terrapins were led by Ryan Young and Grant Catalino with five and six points, respectively.

“I thought we had some really good looks on the field and didn’t make timely plays or plays that certainly would have created some momentum for us, some excitement, and maybe some confidence to get us to a point we were relaxed,” head coach John Danowski said. “I’m really proud of our kids. I’m proud of the way they battled back, proud of the way the won the fourth quarter. All of those things will help us further down the line.”

Quinzani finished with a season-high three tallies, while Crotty added two scores and three helpers for five points. The loss was just Duke’s third in the month of February and also marks the first time since the 2004 season the Blue Devils have suffered consecutive losses.

Maryland got on the board first six minutes into the first quarter. Dan Croot took a pass from the point and sent a strike from the left side of the crease over the right shoulder of Duke goaltender Rob Schroeder.

After keeping the Blue Devils off the scoreboard again, Maryland cleared the ball and continued to eat up the clock. After backing up a shot, the Terrapins drew a penalty on Duke for the man-up opportunity.

Maryland quickly took a 2-0 lead with excellent ball movement on the man advantage. The Terrapins swung the ball around the back of the cage. Jeremy Sieverts took the final pass on the left side and rocketed it past Schroeder for a 2-0 lead with 4:46 left in the opening session.

“They jumped on us early and got a bunch of shots that didn’t hit the cage,” Schroeder said. “Their attack and their middies brought it early and they’re great shooters.”

Going down 3-0 after a goal by Maryland’s Will Yeatman, the Blue Devils answered with a score from Quinzani. After winning the faceoff, Duke set up its offense. Sophomore Justin Turri dodged his way to the left pipe before falling to the turf. The ball dropped out of the crosse over to a wide-open Quinzani who picked it up and dumped it in the empty net to make it a 3-1 game after 15 minutes of play.

The Blue Devil offense generated a better rhythm in the second quarter, creating quality possessions and forcing the Terrapin defense to work hard. Defensively, Duke picked up its pressure, allowing the Terrapins just 10 shots in the quarter after giving up 14 in the first period.

Duke made it a one-goal game at the 5:01 mark of the second frame when Zach Howell raced around the back of the cage and fed Quinzani for a tally from the left side of the crease.

Crotty completed the three-goal run to tie the game with 2:06 left in the quarter. Tied at three, Maryland won the ensuing faceoff and made it a 4-3 game. Winning another restart, the Terrapins raced right down the center of the field and made it 5-3 with just over minute to play. The score was the third by the two teams in a 12-second span.

Duke won the final possession of the half, but was unable to get on the board as Maryland headed into the locker room with a 5-3 advantage.

The Terrapins’ Ryan Young made it 6-3 just 1:02 into the second half after Duke got whistled for failure to advance. After keeping the Duke offense at bay, Maryland made it a 7-3 score as Catalino rifled an underhanded shot past Schroeder for the four-goal lead with 3:46 left to play in the third quarter.

Duke stopped Maryland’s four-goal run on the next possession to make it a 7-4 game. Steve Schoeffel dodged at the point and was able to sneak the ball past Phipps for his first goal of the game. It was the Terrapins responding six seconds later with a fast-break score off the faceoff to push their advantage back to four goals, 8-4. Maryland scored again seconds later to make it 9-4.

The Blue Devils answered with a pair of tallies to pull within three with 10:42 left in the game. Turri started the scoring at the 12:08 mark with a strike from 12 yards out. Quinzani and Crotty hooked up just over a minute later to make it 9-6.

Maryland stopped the run to make it a 10-6 game and added an extra-man goal in the closing five minutes to match its largest lead of the game at five, 11-6.

The Blue Devils closed out the final three minutes of the game with strong offensive possessions to pull within three goals. Facing a zone defense from Maryland, Duke was able to find open paths to the goal as Schoeffel and Crotty closed out the scoring in the 11-8 setback.

Duke led the way in shots, 41-34, and dominated the ground ball game 39-25. The Blue Devils won 14-of-23 faceoffs with Sam Payton earning 10 victories and C.J. Costabile going 4-of-5 on restarts.

In goal, Schroeder had a solid outing with eight saves. Phipps racked up 13 stops for the Terrapins, including five in the fourth quarter. 

“We’re growing [right now],” Danowski said. “We lost a lot of talent, a lot of leadership. We have great character in our locker room, but there are new positions. There is a lot of inexperience and it’s going to take us some time. But I love our kids and the hope is that we’re going to get better as a result of this today.”