Playing in rain and mud, Duke's lacrosse team had too much talent for UMBC and ground out a 14-7 victory yesterday before a drenched crowd of 200 at UMBC Stadium.
Duke (3-1) looked more like the No. 9 ranked team this time. Saturday, the Blue Devils blew a 12-10 lead against Maryland with 1:14 to go and lost in overtime, 13-12.
Ken Fasanaro and Bob Carpenter had three goals each yesterday for Duke. Fasanaro, a senior attackman from Stony Brook, N.Y., is Duke's leading scorer with 12 goals.
For unranked UMBC (1-1), which had beaten Michigan State, 12-5, in its opener, senior attackman Jason Smith led the way with three goals.
"We're getting there," said first-year UMBC coach Don Zimmerman. "We lost our composure a little bit in the first half and made some mistakes and Duke capitalized on them for some easy goals.
"At halftime [trailing 9-3], I told our players I wanted to see them come back. I think we did a good job in the second half. Duke didn't run away with it."
Mike Pressler, who has improved the Duke program considerably in his four years as coach, was pleased with several aspects of the victory.
"We have a young team," Pressler said, "and I was pleased with the way we handled the mud. We were disappointed with our loss to Maryland -- at home -- but we played better today.
"We're on a four- or five-year plan, and it's time for us to do well," he said. "With Don Zimmerman coaching here now, UMBC will be right up there in two or three years."
Duke took a 3-0 lead on goals by Scott Harrison, Jim Gonella and Steve Finnell. UMBC pulled within one on scores by seniors Jason Smith and Jamie Batley, but the Retrievers never got that close again.
Duke extended its lead to 8-2 in the middle of the second period, but Stewart Walker scored the first of his two goals to make it 8-3.
Matt Oglesby gave Duke the six-goal halftime lead, but 19 seconds into the third period Walker came from behind the goal and scored on a close-in shot to make it 9-4.
Batley's second goal made it 12-7 early in the final period, but Duke's Mike Clayton and Fasanaro scored the last two goals to put it away.
Duke will stay in Baltimore and play Brown 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the second half of the Loyola-North Carolina doubleheader at Evergreen.
UMBC next plays Saturday at Mount St. Mary's.