Maryland W-FH Upset #2 Duke, 3-2; Punch Ticket To Final Four

DURHAM, N.C. – Scoring the go-ahead with less than five minutes on the clock, the Maryland Terps (15-6) pulled a stunning 3-2 upset over the #2 seed Duke Blue Devils (17-4) and punched their ticket to next week’s National Semi-final.

It looked like a different outcome might have been in store, because it took the Blue Devils just 76 seconds into the game to take the lead, when Junior F Rose Tynan’s unassisted goal made it into the cage and Duke had a 1-0 lead.

Maryland tied the score during the 23rd minute (22:40 mark) when a tip-in by Freshman M Kyler Greenwalt (with an assist from Sophomore M Madison Maguire) made it into the cage.  The score would remain tied through the rest of the first half.

Duke would re-gain the lead in the 42nd minute (41:11 mark) when Senior F Ashley Kristen (assist from Senior F Ainsley Gill) spun and her shot from four-yards out made it past Terps Junior GK Sarah Holliday and into the cage, giving the Blue Devils a 2-1 advantage.

Maryland, though, would have the final say in this National Quarterfinal game.

During the 64th minute (63:24 mark), Maryland’s penalty corner resulted in a goal from Freshman D Bodil Keus (assits from Senior M Brooke Adler and Senior M Lein Holsboer) and the game was tied at 2-2 with just more than six minutes to play.

It took just another 110 seconds for Maryland to get it’s first and most important lead, when at the 65:14 mark of the 2nd half (4:46 left in the game) Junior F Linnea Gonzales (assist from Holsboer) scored a goal and the Terps went up for good at 3-2.

The Terps played solid defense for the final four minutes and pulled off the upset.

Their ticket is now punched to Louisville, Kentucky to the NCAA Division I Women’s Final Four, where it’s guaranteed that a B1G Ten school will play for the National Championship.

Maryland plays #3 seed Michigan Wolverines (21-2) in the second National Semi-Final game to be played on Friday, November 17th at 4:45 PM.  Michigan defeated Maryland, 3-2, back on September 29th in a game played at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The first National Semi-Final game at 2:00 PM pits #1 seed Connecticut Huskies (21-0) against the #4 seed North Carolina Tar Heels (18-4).

Erick Seltzer

Served in the US Navy as a journalist between 2/25/1991 & 9/15/1993. My duty station was Naval Submarine Base, Bangor in Silverdale, Washington. I was one of the writers for the weekly publication, "Trident Tides." While there, I successfully started the first-ever coverage of sports on and off the base to much positive response. When it comes to sports, I either play it, watch it and/or write about it. I'm always open to suggestions and hope you enjoy what I write about. Please feel free to leave a comment here or to get in contact me with, email me @ frederick.seltzer@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing back from the readers and teams.

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