Duke over Maryland
May 28, 2005


Duke Advances To First National Title
Game With 18-9 Win Over Maryland

Freshman attackman Zack Greer scored four goals and senior goalkeeper Aaron Fenton made 15 saves as second-seeded Duke advanced to the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship game with an 18-9 semifinal win over third-seeded Maryland

The triumph pushes Duke to 17-2 record on the year as the Blue Devils set NCAA single-season records for victories and win total turnaround (+12). Duke will play for the national championship against top-seeded and undefeated Johns Hopkins on Monday at 12 noon (ESPN). Duke also avenged a 9-5 loss to the Terrapins in the 2005 ACC Tournament championship tilt.

Johns Hopkins advanced to the finals with a 9-8 overtime win over Virginia.

"All I can say is wow," said Duke head coach Mike Pressler. "Eighteen goals in a semifinal game. Our goal was to get to double digits. We won face-offs, got out in front and made them play from behind which was to our advantage.

"Aaron Fenton was himself, and people must have thought he was spectacular. He played like Aaron Fenton, the way we know he can play. It was a collective effort to beat Maryland for the second time this year."

The Duke offense, which entered the game leading the country with a 13.39 goals per game average, generated 18 goals on just 36 shots. Dan Flannery and Matt Zash added three goals and two assists each while Nick O'Hara chipped in a career-high three points on two goals and one assist.

"Anyone who knows me knows I like to shoot," remarked O'Hara, a sophomore longstick midfielder. "I've been on kind of a cold streak lately so I was happy the goals went in."

Maryland's Bill McGlone got the scoring started just one minute into the contest with an unassisted goal. Duke responded by winning the ensuring face-off, and Matt Danowski knotted the game at 1-1 with an unassisted tally at the 13:31 mark. With 9:17 remaining in the opening quarter, Ryan Marshall scored his 11th goal of the year to give the Blue Devils a 2-1 advantage.

Kyle Dowd then blasted a high bouncing shot from 15 yards out at the top of the key past Maryland goalkeeper Harry Alford for a 3-1 Duke lead at the 7:43 mark. Dowd's goal, his 18th of the year, came on an assist from Zash. Following a Terrapin penalty, Danowski fed Flannery on the doorstep for a goal and 4-1 lead with 4:32 left in the quarter. Zash sent the teams into the quarter break with the Blue Devils ahead 5-1 by dodging from behind the net and sending a diving shot into the net with just eight seconds remaining.

Greer became Duke's single-season record holder for goals with his 54th tally of the year at the 14:16 mark of the second quarter. Less than two minutes later, O'Hara scored for the third time this year with a transition goal to push Duke ahead, 7-1. The Blue Devils later received goals from Zash and Flannery for a 9-1 advantage with under three minutes left in the period.

Maryland's Andrew Schwartzman then scored consecutive goals, with the second one pulling the Terrapins to within six with 35 seconds remaining in the first half. Zash countered for Duke, winning the ensuing face-off and dashing to goal before beating Alford for his third goal of the day with just 29 seconds left before intermission.

O'Hara's second goal of the afternoon came off the face-off to begin the third quarter, and the score remained 11-3 until McGlone netted his second tally of the day with 8:25 left in the period for a seven goal Duke lead. Maryland cut the lead to 11-5 at the 6:05 mark when Joe Walters scored an unassisted goal.

Duke's pair of Canadians - Greer and Marshall - hooked up for the Blue Devils' 12th goal of the game when Marshall fed Greer from behind the net for the freshman's 55th tally of the year. The goal came at the 5:16 mark of the third period before Walters made it a 12-6 contest with an unassisted goal with 2:01 remaining. Walters' third goal of the game pulled the Terrapins within 12-7 at the 1:22 mark.

Greer's third goal of the game came with 44 seconds on the clock in the third quarter made the score 13-7 and allowed the Whitby, Ontario native to tie Virginia's Doug Knight (1997) for the ACC single-season record for goals scored. The lead was pushed to 14-7 when Zash found Flannery in front of the net for a goal at the 14:23 mark of the final period.

Bret Thompson, Dowd, Greer and Bo Carrington scored during a Duke 4-1 run that extended the cushion to 18-8 before Thomas Alford's goal with 22 seconds on the clock accounted for the final margin.

From Duke release.

Video Highlights
Duke's Matt Zash

Maryland's Joe Walters

Duke's Matt Zash again!

Maryland's Joe Walters again!

Duke's KJ Sauer

Maryland's Bill McGlone

Duke's Dan Flannery to Zack Greer

Maryland's Joe Walters to Andrew Schwartzman

Duke's Nick O'Hara