"I thought we can take a lot of positives from the game," head coach John Danowski said. "Only down by one goal at halftime and then we get down by three and we don't give up and we play with poise so we're really happy with that. After that we had a chance to win the game and a couple inches [and it doesn't go our way]."
Trailing 10-7 with less than five minutes to go in the game, Howell caught fire. The junior attackman notched two goals in a 2:44 to pull the Blue Devils within one with 1:38 left to play. Duke (2-2) completed the great comeback with 13 seconds left in regulation as senior Will McKee took a pass from sophomore Justin Turri as fired it home to send the game into overtime.
McKee's goal marks the second time this season he has scored a game-tying goal after sending Duke into overtime with Bucknell in the season opener.
"We look at the scoreboard and it's 10-7 and somebody's got to make a play and it's a trickle effect," Howell said. "I think we worked really hard to get that one play to give us that spurt to tie the game up. I think we did a good job of getting the ball out of the defensive end and pressuring their guys in the last five minutes."
Duke won the opening faceoff in the overtime session and quickly set up its offense. The Blue Devils nearly tallied the game-winner, but had the shot deflected. After a scrum and a loose-ball push, Duke got the ball back for another chance at a score. McKee got loose again around the goal, but his shot was just off the mark and Maryland collected the ball and broke down the field for the fast break.
The Terrapins' Grant Catalino got the ball from Dean Hart on the left side and rifled a shot home to give Maryland the 11-10 victory. The tally was Catalino's fifth of the day as he finished with a game-high six points.
Duke senior Ned Crotty had one goal and four assists for five points and senior Max Quinzani finished with three tallies. Quinzani's 50-game scoring streak remains in place as he has at least three goals in three of Duke's four games this season.
For the first time this season, Duke was the first to score as Crotty rifled a shot over the left shoulder of Maryland goaltender Brian Phipps at the 10:40 mark of the first quarter.
The Terrapins responded with three unanswered, including two from Catalino to take a 3-1 lead after the opening 15 minutes.
Quinzani pulled Duke within one with a tally on the Blue Devils' opening possession as he picked up a pass from Howell and snuck a shot past the foot of Phipps. However, Maryland answered minutes later to regain the two-goal advantage at the 10:00 mark of the second quarter.
The Blue Devil offense got rolling over the next five minutes, scoring three unanswered in a span of 3:25 to go back in front 5-4 with 5:15 left in the second frame. Quinzani registered his second marker of the day and 15th of the season with an assist from Crotty at 8:40 and Howell put the next two in the cage.
Maryland (3-0) came right back with consecutive scores to regain the lead 6-5 with 1:21 left until halftime. The Blue Devils won the final possession of the half, but a first shot was denied by the pipe and a second was stopped by Phipps to send Duke into the break trailing 6-5.
The Terrapins stretched their lead back to two early in the third quarter, but Duke answered right back with consecutive goals to make it a 7-7 contest with 9:37 left in the stanza. Senior Mike Catalino got on the board for the first time of the day and 50 seconds later Quinzani finished a Crotty pass to tie the game.
The short runs continued as Maryland added two unanswered over the next three minutes for the 9-7 advantage after 45 minutes of action. The first three quarters was a back-and-forth affair featuring four ties and three lead changes.
Maryland garnered its largest lead of the game at 10-7 just 1:13 into the fourth quarter, getting a goal from Travis Reed.
Phipps and the Terrapin defense continued to hold Duke's offense at bay in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, on offense, Maryland was able to eat up valuable minutes to hold its 10-7 lead with 7:55 to play. However, Howell carried the Blue Devils in the final four minutes, notching his third goal of the day and the first for Duke of the fourth quarter with 4:22 left to play to make it a 10-8 contest and set up the thrilling finish.
Duke dominated the stat sheet, outshooting the Terrapins 37-29 and picking up 42 ground balls to Maryland's 33. The Blue Devils won 17-of-25 faceoffs, with sophomore CJ Costabile going 13-of-18 in restarts. Senior Sam Payton was 4-of-7 at the X.
In goal, Phipps finished with 15 saves while Wigrizer made eight stops for the Blue Devils.
Duke continues ACC play on Wednesday, March 10, hosting fourth-ranked North Carolina at 7 p.m., on ESPNU.