The Terps (9-4), sixth seeded in the NCAA Division I tournament, earned the right to play at No. 3 Princeton (10-2) Saturday at noon in the quarterfinal round after the come-from-behind victory over Duke (7-7).
The Terps trailed 5-1 early in the second period but scored seven straight goals during a nine-minute stretch midway in the game.
Maryland's surge started with 1:22 left in the first half, and didn't end until Duke scored with 7:12 left in the third period. By then Maryland had an 8-7 lead, and the Blue Devils never got any closer as Maryland went ahead 10-7 on a Chris Dail goal with 12:58 left and later had a 12-8 lead on a Jon Schoenweitz goal with 7:25 remaining.
"I don't need any more games like this," said Edell, whose team has now beaten Duke three times this season. "I can't explain why we play like this, but we have plenty of experience coming from behind. I keep getting more gray hair."
Edell knows his team may not be able to come back against Princeton. The Tigers, an Ivy League school, have been criticized for playing a weak schedule, but in the last two years, Princeton has made a serious bid to move into the upper echelon of lacrosse. A win against Maryland could prove that Princeton belongs there.
"I'm not going to criticize any team," Edell said yesterday. "All I know is that we'll be watching tape tonight and getting ready for another challenge. Princeton is definitely a challenge for us."
Maryland sophomore Dan Robbins said: "We have to be disciplined. For us to be successful, we have to work within our game plan. If we do that, I think we'll be OK against Princeton."
Maryland seemed lost in the first quarter against Duke, trailing 4-0 as the Terps had the ball on offense about two minutes.
But Duke's cooling-down period started when Maryland senior midfielder Blake Wynot, with his back to the goal, scored on an over-the-shoulder shot with 1:22 remaining in the half. Maryland sophomore midfielder Sean Crawford then went low with a 15-foot shot with 51 seconds left as Maryland pulled within 6-3 at halftime.
Maryland continued its barrage in the third period scoring the next four goals. Dail scored outside the crease 50 seconds into the third period, and then freshman attackman Rob Chomo scored off an extra-man situation 2:16 later.
Terps junior midfielder Dan Reading scored on a low shot with 10:56 remaining to tie the game, and midfielder Schoenweitz, running to his left, scored 55 seconds later to give Maryland its first lead, 7-6, with 10:01 left. Maryland went ahead, 8-6, on another goal by Chomo with 7:19 left.