NCAA Men's Lacrosse Semifinal ACCtion: Saturday, May 26

May 26, 2012

Terps Top Duke To Return To NCAA Title Game

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Senior Drew Snider scored four goals to lead the Maryland men's lacrosse team to it's second straight NCAA title game with a 16-10 victory over No. 3 seed Duke in the semifinals Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium.

The Terps (12-5) will play No. 1 seed Loyola on Mon., May 28 at 1 p.m. for the NCAA championship. The Greyhounds advanced to the title game with a 7-5 victory over No. 4 seed Notre Dame in the first semifinal. The Blue Devils finish their season with a 15-5 record.

After a rocky start for both teams that saw the first five possessions of the game end in turnovers, Maryland got on the board first when junior Kevin Cooper skipped a cross-crease pass to junior Billy Gribbin and Gribbin one-timed the ball past Duke goalie Dan Wigrizer with 10:28 to play in the first.

Gribbin then gave the Terps a 2-0 lead at the 3:11 to go in the first when senior Joe Cummings found him open on the crease for an easy score.

The lead grew to 3-0 a minute later when freshman Kevin Forster came around the left side of the Duke goal and hit a running jumper with 2:12 to go. It was Forster's first goal since the Terps' season opener on Feb. 18 vs. Hartford.

The Blue Devils wouldn't let the first quarter go without making a run and goals by Josh Dionne and Rob Rotanz in the final 1:30 made it a 3-2 Terrapin lead going into the second.

Duke Falls to Maryland in NCAA Semifinals, 16-10

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - University of Maryland outscored Duke 6-3 in the fourth quarter to earn a 16-10 victory over the No. 3 seeded Blue Devils in the NCAA men's lacrosse semifinals at Gillette Stadium. The Terrapins scored six unanswered in the final frame to advance to the NCAA title game against top-seeded Loyola.

Duke finishes the 2012 season with a 15-5 overall record. The Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the sixth consecutive year and for the eighth time overall. Maryland improves to 12-5 and moves onto the championship game for the second straight season.

"We'd like to congratulate the University of Maryland, their players and their staff on a terrific performance," head coach John Danowski said. "They were certainly up to the task today, and I thought they were terrific in many phases of the game. I think we were disappointed. If I have time to look back, I'm just so emotional and so close to the game, I don't know if we played as well as we think we're capable, but that may have been due to the University of Maryland and how well they played. We know that by maybe looking at the film. I'm very proud of my guys. Very proud of the way they fought, you know, tried to give it a run."

Justin Turri led all Duke scorers with two goals and an assist, while Robert Rotanz also netted two goals. Eight different Blue Devils scored in the game, including Eddie Loftus and Andrew Vekstein late in the fourth quarter. CJ Costabile finished with a goal, eight ground balls and went 10-of-21 at the faceoff X.