COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Drew Snider had a hat trick to lead the No. 5 Maryland men’s lacrosse team to at 10-7 victory over No. 8 Duke in front of 4,137 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Maryland moves to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in ACC play, while the Blue Devils fall to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
The Terps started off the scoring less than a minute into the game, with Snider scoring an unassisted goal with a drive down the right alley at 14:07.
The home team scored again almost a minute later, with junior Kevin Cooper running down the left alley and beating Blue Devils goalie Kyle Turri with another high shot at 13:02.
Maryland continued its scoring run at 10:25 when junior Owen Blye dodged from behind the cage and beat the keeper on the right side to increase the lead to 3-0.
The Terps capped their early 4-0 scoring run at 7:32 when senior Joe Cummings netted his sixth goal of the season on an inside roll from a dodge behind the cage.
The Blue Devils got on the board at 7:09 on a goal by Justin Turri, but the Terps finished the first quarter strong when junior John Haus scored from the right alley from junior Billy Gribbin to extend the lead, 5-1.
Snider started off the scoring in the second, netting his second goal of the game off an assist from Gribbin, converting an extra-man opportunity at 14:32. The defense picked up for both teams, with each team scoring one goal each in the remainder of the half. The Blue Devils’ Christian Walsh scored at 11:58, but Snider completed his hat trick with a man-up goal at 3:26 to give the Terps a 7-2 lead going into halftime.
Duke’s offense came out first in the second half with Josh Dionne scoring at 11:02. Maryland followed that with two straight goals to up its lead six.
The first came from freshman Jay Carlson at 6:04 in the third. Kyle Turri stopped a shot by senior Michael Shakespeare, but couldn’t control the rebound and Carlson put the loss ball back into the net.
At 3:34, Gribbin scored one of his own off a Blue Devils’ turnover. Junior Jesse Bernhardt pushed the ball in transition and got it to senior David Miller about 10 yards from the goal. The Duke defense collapsed to stop Miller and he quickly moved the ball to Gribbin on the right side where he finished from eight yards out.
On the ensuing faceoff, Duke capped the third quarter scoring at 3:09 with a goal from CJ Costabile.
Duke attempted to stage a comeback in the fourth, but Maryland’s defense held strong. The Blue Devils scored three goals to the Terps’ one, which came from senior Michael Shakespeare on a shot from the outside that bounced past the keeper at 12:10.
Despite Duke’s goal flurry, sophomore goalie Niko Amato held strong, making nine of his 14 saves in the final quarter.
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.
Maryland’s other starting close defensemen were also terrific. Sophomoe Michael Ehrhardt caused four Duke turnovers, while sophomore Brian Cooper had two groundballs and two caused turnovers.
The Terps finished the game 2-for-2 in extra-man opportunities. Both second quarter goals came on Duke penalties. Duke had four man-up opportunities in the fourth, but only capitalized on one of them. For the game, the Blue Devils were 1-for-5.
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.
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.
• With the 10-7 win, Maryland is now 59-19 all-time vs. Duke.
• With three points on three goals, senior Drew Snider now has three hat tricks, 10 multi-point and seven multi-goal games for his career.
• With three points on a goal and two assists, junior Billy Gribbin now has three multi-point games for his Maryland career.
• With 14 saves, sophomore goalie Niko Amato now had nine double-digit saves for his career. It was this third double-digit save performance vs. the Blue Devils in four career meetings.