- The Washington Times - Monday, March 3, 2003

Maryland coach Dave Cottle was concerned about his team before yesterday's game. The Terrapins hadn't scrimmaged in more than two weeks and were facing a physical Duke team to open the season.
By halftime, those worries were gone.
After a shaky first quarter, the No.5 Terps routed the No.7 Blue Devils 13-7 at Maryland's artificial turf facility.
"In the beginning I think we were a little rusty," senior goalie Danny McCormick said. "We hadn't played competition against somebody else in awhile. We really picked it up and figured things out."
McCormick made a career-high 17 saves including 16 of 17 shots on goal at one point for the Terps (1-0, 1-0 ACC), who won their season opener for the 10th straight year.
It also marked the debut of the Terps' overhauled attack. Brian Hunt, a graduate student who previously played at Yale, scored three goals and added an assist.
"When you play Duke, if you don't run by the poles you don't have a chance," Cottle said. "We knew this was the kind of game we recruited Brian to play."
Freshman Joe Walters had two assists, while junior Dan LaMonica, the starting unit's lone holdover, recorded his seventh career hat trick.
For almost a quarter, Maryland looked like a team that hadn't scrimmaged in 16 days. After an early Maryland goal, the Blue Devils (2-1, 0-1) scored on their first three shots on goal. The Terps seemed disoriented in their few opportunities at the offensive end in the opening minutes as the Blue Devils remained aggressive, knocking down both Hunt and Maryland midfielder Mike Mollot.
It took an unusual play to help invigorate the Terps. After Duke goalie A.J. Kincel deflected a shot, Blue Devils defenseman Paul Jepsen swept it into the net to pull the Terps within 3-2.
Though Duke scored the next goal, Maryland soon assumed control. LaMonica's man-up goal cut the deficit to 4-3 early in the second quarter, and Hunt deposited a shot while sliding to Kincel's right side on the next possession. Maryland scored three goals in a 73-second span the first an extra-man goal later in the quarter for a 7-4 halftime edge.
"We sold our kids from the beginning that it didn't matter what happened in the first 15 minutes but what happened for 60 minutes," Cottle said. "I think that was how you have to approach it. When you have a two-week layoff, you're not going to be great in the first quarter. The impressive thing to us was two of our best offensive players really got drilled and they got back up in the second quarter and really were excellent players for us."
Maryland, plagued by its inability to capitalize on extra-man opportunities a season ago, was 4-for-6 in the man-up against the Blue Devils.
Meanwhile, the Terps' defense and McCormick clamped down on the Blue Devils' top offensive threats. Kevin Brennan, Kevin Cassese and Matt Rewkowski combined for one goal until the fourth quarter. When Cassese scored with 5:18 left, it ended a 38-minute scoreless spell for Duke and an 11-0 run for Maryland.
"I think we made some really stupid lacrosse plays in the second quarter, and that was kind of our demise," Duke coach Mike Pressler said. "In the third quarter, at times offensively we looked inept out there. Maryland won the game, give them credit, but I don't think it was so much Maryland. It was more us and our inability to stay with the plan."
Maryland had struggled to play a game before yesterday because of poor weather. Unplayable field conditions forced the postponement of the Terps' scheduled opener against Georgetown on Feb.22, and the Duke game was pushed back a day after a combination of ice and snow made it difficult for the Blue Devils to travel north.
Even yesterday, part of the overflow crowd scurried to the tops of snowbanks, an equipment shed and a nearby parking garage to watch a usually tight rivalry turn into a blowout.
The win could vault the Terps a spot or two in the rankings after a tumultuous weekend. No.4 Virginia defeated No.1 Syracuse and No.3 Johns Hopkins upended No.2 Princeton on Saturday afternoon.

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