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Terps Beat Duke.

Maryland-Duke-Metal-ROHWe haven’t commented much on lacrosse this year but it is back in full force.

Yesterday our beloved Maryland Terps took on the Duke Blue Devils at College Park. Coming into the game, Duke was ranked number one in the nation and with the Terps ranked second.

Going out of the game, Duke won’t hold onto their top ranking as the Terps beat Duke 10 – 6.

Over the past few years, Maryland has had a great defense. Saturday was no different.

Maryland (4-0, 2-0 ACC) scored seven straight goals and held the Blue Devils (4-1, 0-1 ACC) scoreless for 26:26 starting in the middle of the second quarter until the fourth quarter.

That is nearly two quarters without allowing a really good Duke offense to score. As a friend sometimes says, “that’s ‘pert darn amazing.”

It was small things that Maryland did right that give them the big advantage in this game. While they lost the face-off battle 11 to 8, they countered that by causing 10 turnovers. They also outshot the Blue Devils 44 to 36, and collected 32 groundballs to Duke’s 26.

“We got five extra possessions off the ride,” said Maryland coach John Tillman. “That’s almost a half quarter of offense. You add that in with winning the groundball war in the second half, now all of a sudden you are looking at an extra quarter.”

What is even more amazing and perhaps exciting if you are a Maryland fan is that last week Maryland traveled north to Syracuse and beat the then number one Syracuse Orange 16 – 8 up in the Carrier Dome where Syracuse is nearly invincible. That game included a stretch where Maryland held the ‘Cuse scoreless as the Terps went on an 8 – 0 goal run.

In two games Maryland has been two top ranked teams by a combined score of 26 – 14. Not too shabby but at the same time, the Terps cannot afford to get cocky or think they are the cat’s meow. (Or is that the turtle’s hiss?) Next up for the Terps is a trip to visit Stony Brook, a team that struggled a little last year, but is picked to finish second in the America East Conference.

Fear the Turtle!

Satellite-High-Lacrosse-ROHOn a related note, Florida Today had a nice article on lacrosse at the high school level in the paper on Saturday.

Last year, Brevard had its first boys lacrosse player sign a college scholarship. Michael Leary, a senior at Holy Trinity, signed with Adams State.

Leary also played football for the Tigers. Except for him, lacrosse was his primary sport.

Carson sees lacrosse becoming a primary sport for local athletes, eventually.

“It’s growing real fast,” [Merritt Island’s girls varsity lacrosse coach Craig] Carson said.

If you are in the Satellite Beach area, Satellite High team plays a regular district schedule of both men’s and women’s lacrosse. The teams usually hang a banner on the stadium fence the day of the games or you can keep an eye on the team’s schedules at the Satellite High Lacrosse website. This week the Scorps have a Tuesday game against Eau Gallie High School with the women playing at 5:30 PM followed by the men’s game at 7:00 PM.

If you have never seen a lacrosse game in person, come on out and support the local teams. It is a good time.



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