The Terrapins and Blue Devils, who have been the Atlantic Coast Conference's two most dominant lacrosse programs in the past decade, have met during the regular season, ACC tournament and NCAA tournament's championship weekend in each of the past two years, with Maryland winning four of the six games.
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In the seventh matchup between the two teams in the past three seasons, No. 1 Maryland routed the Blue Devils, 16-7, in a lopsided game from start to finish at Koskinen Stadium. In what was likely there last regular-season visit to Duke as members of the ACC, the Terps' nine-goal victory was their largest margin against the Blue Devils since a 16-4 win in 1984.
"I think this rivalry has been a great rivalry. We hope it continues," Maryland coach John Tillman said. "In the history of the sport, it's been one of the better rivalries, so we're hoping it continues. We'll certainly do everything we can to keep it going, and we would love to continue to play Duke. It's an honor to play them and it's always a tough game."
Junior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk led Maryland (4-0) with a career-high six points (four goals and two assists), while senior midfielders Kevin Cooper and Jake Bernhardt each added two goals.
Senior midfielder Josh Offit scored two goals for Duke (2-4).
Energetic play on defense from the game's opening whistle sparked Maryland's offensive outburst as 10 different players scored for the Terps. Sophomore defender Goran Murray blocked Duke's first shot attempt and knocked the ball into open space, where senior midfielder Landon Carr scooped it up and found senior attackman Owen Blye in transition for the Terps' first goal just 55 seconds into the game.
Chanenchuk took over from there, scoring three goals and adding an assist during a 6-1 Maryland run to break the game open.
"Everybody knows how long Michael Chanenchuk's road has been, so when he scores a goal, it really means a lot to our team," Tillman said.
Terps sophomore midfielder Charlie Raffa won 11 of 17 faceoffs against Duke junior midfielder Brendan Fowler, who came into the contest with the fifth-best faceoff percentage in the nation at 63.9 percent. Raffa's success on faceoffs allowed Maryland to control both possession and the pace of play, allowing Maryland to string together goals and maintain momentum.
"Charlie works really hard and stays a lot after practice. He's a really talented, tough kid," Maryland goalie Niko Amato said. "He put in a great performance today against another tough kid from Duke at the faceoff X."
The Blue Devils added back-to-back goals to cut their deficit to 7-3, but Raffa mounted a quick response, winning the faceoff and beating the Duke goalie just seven seconds later to silence the home crowd. The pace of play slowed in the third quarter, but the Blue Devils never could cut Maryland's lead to fewer than six goals.
The Terps broke through again in the fourth quarter when Duke's aggressive play left it vulnerable on the defensive end, adding six goals in the game's final period.
Duke junior attackman Jordan Wolf, the team's leading scorer, failed to score in the game.