CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Joe Cummings and Mike Chanenchuk each scored two goals, but Maryland’s comeback effort fell short as the No. 8 Terps lost to No. 5 Duke, 6-5, in the ACC tournament semifinals Friday evening at Klockner Stadium.
The loss drops the Terrapins to 7-4 on the season, while the Blue Devils improve to 12-3.
Things went Duke’s way right from the start as a faceoff violation on the opening whistle gave the Blue Devils’ CJ Costabile a break and he connected, giving Duke a 1-0 lead just six seconds into the game.
A pushing call with 14:05 on Maryland junior Landon Carr gave the Blue Devils a chance to up the lead to two, but the Terps killed the penalty and junior John Haus caused a turnover as soon as the penalty was released and picked up the tough groundball.
Maryland didn’t squander the possession. Cummings took matters into his own hands, dodging from right goal-line extended to the wing, where he beat Duke goalie Dan Wigrizer inside far pipe to tie things at 1-1 at the 11:45 mark.
The game remained at 1-1 until 2:17 left in the first. Haus took the ball at the top of the box and used a good face dodge to free himself from Duke’s Luke Duprey and have a clear path down the left alley. From there Haus found the net with a low shot to give Maryland its first lead.
The Blue Devils tied the game at two goals apiece with 39 seconds left in the first on a goal by Christian Walsh from the right alley.
Duke regained the lead midway through the second, capitalizing on a holding call on sophomore Greg D’Arienzo. Josh Dionne took a feed from Jordan Wolf on the extra-man opportunity, making it 3-2 Blue Devils at the 8:54 mark.
Costabile put the Terps’ extra-man unit on the field on the ensuing faceoff, fouling junior Curtis Holmes, who won the draw clean. The Terps used all 30 seconds of the penalty, but senior Drew Snider got the ball to Chanenchuk and he snapped a four-game goal-less streak with a shot into the upper right corner with 8:14 left in the second.
Maryland had the ball with just over a minute to go in the half and looked to be trying for the final shot, but Chanenchuk had a free look at the goal from the right alley, but Wigrizer made his sixth save of the half to give the Blue Devils the ball and a chance to take the lead going into halftime.
It looked like the Terps would get to the break tied at 3-3 when a loose ball turned into a scrum in the left alley. But the ball ended up in the stick of Dionne, who whipped a prayer at the goal and Maryland goalie Niko Amato, who made five saves in the half, never saw the ball coming out and the Blue Devis took a 4-3 lead with 0:01.2 left on the clock.
Duke took its first two-goal lead less than two minutes into the third when Justin Turri scored on a left-hander from 12 yards out.
A pushing call on Duke’s Greg DeLuca put the man-up unit on the field again and the Terps made it 2-for-2 with the man advantage when Haus found Chanenchuk in the top left slot for the step-down and Chanenchuk connected for his first multi-goal game since February 24 with 10:09 remaining in the third.
Duke had the ball as the third quarter came to a close and Dionne looked to repeat his second quarter heroics with another last-second goal, but this time Amato was up to the challenge and made the huge point-blank save to keep it a 5-4 game going into the fourth.
Holmes won the opening faceoff of the fourth quarter, but Duke’s pressure created a turnover and Dionne scored his third of the game to make it a 6-4 Blue Devil lead at the 14:38 mark.
The Blue Devils had the ball with under three minutes to play when junior Jesse Bernhardt forced a Blue Devil turnover to give the Terps a chance. Cummings didn’t waste the possession, scoring from the left wing after going under his defender. Wigrizer got a piece of the shot, but not enough as the ball trickled over the line, making it 6-5 with 2:09 to play.
Maryland had the ball as time wound down, but couldn’t get the tying goal despite Snider and Cummings getting off decent shots at the Blue Devil goal.
Amato finished the game with seven saves and a game-high six groundballs. Bernhardt caused four turnovers and had two groundballs.
Freshman Goran Murray was credited with just one caused turnover, but he held Duke’s leading scorer, Jordan Wolf, who entered the game with 50 points, without a goal and Wolf’s lone assist came on an extra-man goal when Murray was off the field.
Maryland next plays at Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday, April 25 in a 7 p.m. game.
• With today’s 6-5 loss, Maryland is now 59-20 all-time vs. Duke.
• The Terps are now 5-6 all-time vs. the Blue Devils in ACC tournament play.
• With two points on two goals, senior Joe Cummings now has 27 multi-point and 19 multi-goal games for his career.