The #7 Terrapins moved to 3-0 today getting an early 4-0 lead on the Devils and then riding the back Goalie Niko Amato to a relatively easy 10-7 victory. Drew Snider scored 3 goals today and Billy Gribbin chipped on with 1 goal and 2 assists.
The game was unlike the previous 2 games as Duke won the face off battle 11-9 as well as the ground ball battle 28-27. Longpole CJ Costabile eand Curtis Holmes renewed their face-off contest and it certainly was a clinic for the fans. So why did the Terps dominate—their offensive game plan was just executed far better then Duke. Early on Duke could not adjust to the quickness of the Terps.
Coach Danowski commented post game:“That first 10 minutes give Maryland credit they shot the ball great and they were on fire,” head coach John Danowski said. “We just seemed to be quiet and seemed to be very passive. We called a timeout and said ‘Hey listen, if this keeps going it’s going to be 32-0, so relax.’ And at some point it became a game again.
Freshman Goran Murray was outstanding defensively for the Terps. He was charged with guarding Duke All-American Jordan Wolf and held the ACC’s leading scorer to just one assist, which came on the Blue Devils’ final goal of the game.
The ACC match was a “Purple Out,” with awareness being raised for the fight against pancreatic cancer. Former Terp Ryan Young and twin brother Kevin, a former Blue Devil player, lost their mother, Maria, last year to pancreatic cancer.
Offensively the goals were spread around to 7 players. Coach Tillman was certainly pleased with the victory but was concerned about some sloppy turnovers and offsides penalties.
The Terps have a quick turnaround as they will head up I-95 to play local rival UMBC on Tuesday night, March 6. That game is set for a 7 p.m. start at the UMBC Stadium.