No. 6 Duke vs. No. 3 Maryland
Saturday, March 1 l 1 p.m.
Durham, N.C. l Koskinen Stadium
Maryland Series History
Saturday’s contest marks the 27th all-time meeting between Duke and Maryland with the Terrapins leading the series, 17-9 ... The Blue Devils are 6-4 all-time against Maryland at home in Koskinen Stadium and 7-10 when facing the Terps in regular season action ... Maryland has won each of the last three meetings, including a 14-9 decision in the NCAA Quarterfinals last spring in College Park.
Last Time We Met
Duke held top-seeded and top-ranked Maryland to five goals in the first 25 minutes of play but ultimately fell, 14-9, in the NCAA Quarterfinals May 18, 2013 in College Park ... Trailing 14-5 midway through the second half, the Blue Devils closed the contest with four answered scores, but were unable to erase the earlier deficit, finishing the season with a 14-6 ledger ... Netminder Kelsey Duryea matched a career-high with 15 saves in the loss ... Maddy Morrissey and Molly Quirke paced the attack with three goals each and Kerrin Maurer added four assists ... The Terrapins’ Alex Aust led all scorers with seven points (5g, 2a) ... For the game, the Terrapins outshot Duke, 34-18, and won the ground ball battle by a 19-8 margin ...The Blue Devils held the advantage at the draw, notching 16 draw controls to Maryland’s 10.
Scouting the Terrapins
Under the direction of eighth-year head coach Cathy Reese, Maryland enters the ACC opener with a 5-0 record after dispatching Hofstra Tuesday evening, 14-3, on the road ... The Terrapins are ranked third in the IWLCA poll and second by Inside Lacrosse this week ... Taylor Cummings leads the attack with 23 points (16g, 7a) while ACC co-Offensive Player of the Week Brooke Griffin has 19 points (15g, 4a) ... In goal, ACC Defensive Player of the Week Abbey Clipp owns a 5.14 goals against average and a .640 save percentage ... Defender Alice Mercer is tied for first in the ACC with 1.75 caused turnovers per contest ... Maryland’s defense has held five straight opponents to eight goals or fewer to start the 2014 campaign.
Scouting the Blue Devils
Sixth-ranked Duke (3-1, 0-0 ACC) faces its second top-five opponent in as many weeks in No. 3 Maryland ... The Blue Devils are coming off of a one-goal loss to No. 4 Northwestern ... Junior attacker Kerrin Maurer has paced the offense through the first four contests, notching 15 goals and 18 assists ... Senior Sydney Peterson has tallied 10 points (6g, 4a) since joining the starting lineup this season ... Returning All-American defender Taylor Virden leads the way in draw controls (13), ground balls (11) and caused turnovers (6) and is tied for second in the ACC with 2.75 ground balls per game ... Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea, a second team All-America selection last spring, owns an 8.74 goals against average and a .503 save percentage in the net and ranks second in the conference with 7.75 saves per game ... Duke’s balanced attack is outscoring opponents by a 61-35 margin to start the season ... The Blue Devils currently lead the ACC in shot percentage with a .575 clip.