- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 1, 2009

BALTIMORE | Loaded with riches on attack in recent seasons, Duke discovered the value of instant offense.

It works the other way, too - as No. 7 Maryland found out at the No. 12 Blue Devils’ expense Saturday at the Face-Off Classic.

Grant Catalino had two goals and four assists, and the Terrapins scored immediately off three Jeff Reynolds faceoffs as Maryland cruised to a 11-8 victory before 17,119 at M&T Bank Stadium.

Ryan Young added three goals and two assists for Maryland (3-1, 1-0 ACC), which handled the Blue Devils (2-2, 0-1) after absorbing blowout losses the last two seasons.

“Whenever they got close, we answered with a goal and usually very quickly, and I thought that was the difference,” Terps coach Dave Cottle said. “We never let them get on a run.”

Maryland’s quick-strike tendency proved especially valuable late in the first half after Cottle switched from the struggling Bryn Holmes to Reynolds. The Blue Devils worked for more than 15 minutes to erase a 3-0 deficit, only for Reynolds to cleanly win consecutive faceoffs to help Maryland score twice in a five-second span.

Reynolds, who scored off another win late in the third quarter, was 8-for-12 on his faceoff attempts.

“You look at the score, 11-8, and that could have been the difference in the game for sure,” Duke coach John Danowski said. “One of our goals each week is to not give up any goals off the faceoff and we did today. It was a huge swing in the game. We battle to get it 3-3, and before you could really blink your eyes, it was 5-3.”

From there, Maryland’s balance took over. The Terps spread around their offensive opportunities, and five players finished with multipoint games to help thwart Duke’s physical defense.

“It’s going to differ from week to week who’s scoring goals and getting assists,” Catalino said. “Last week the midfielders had the most points, and this week the attack had the most points. It’s not like we’re going to one guy to score all the goals each week. It’s spread out, and each week it’s who the ball comes to.”

The loss snapped Duke’s 12-game winning streak against ACC opponents; the Blue Devils’ last conference loss was March 4, 2006, against Maryland.

Duke’s best early opportunities could not fluster goalie Brian Phipps. He made 13 saves, several from tough angles, and prompted senior goalie Jason Carter to urge Cottle to dispense with the Terps’ usual goalie rotation at halftime and stick with Phipps.

That permitted the junior to maintain his mastery of the flustered Blue Devils. Maryland twice built a five-goal lead before Duke narrowed it in the closing minutes.

No. 11 Princeton 14, No. 3 Johns Hopkins 8: Jack McBride scored four goals as the Tigers (2-0) ripped the Blue Jays (1-1) in the opener of the Face-Off Classic in Baltimore.

St. John’s 10, No. 5 Georgetown 9: Drew Schanen had three goals as the Red Storm (3-0, 1-0 ECAC) shocked the Hoyas (1-1, 0-1) in Queens, N.Y.

Bucknell 8, No. 10 Navy 7: Charlie Streep scored as time expired as the Bison (1-2, 1-0 Patriot) upended the Midshipmen (2-2, 0-1) in Lewisburg, Pa.

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