Terrapin sophomore Kelee Lepage (14) carries the ball in Maryland's 3-0 victory against Michigan State in College Park on Sunday, Oct. 29. (Emily Morina/The Left Bench)

Terps face Duke in NCAA Quarterfinals

After defeating No. 12 Wake Forest 2-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the No. 9 Maryland Terrapins field hockey team will play as underdogs to No. 2 Duke in the quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon in Durham, North Carolina.

The Terps dominated the Demon Deacons, maintaining possession throughout the game and only allowing three shots compared to the 11 they fired.

The Blue Devils were able to jump out to a 3-0 lead on Miami of Ohio before the Redhawks fought back to trim the lead to one with just under nine minutes left. Duke did manage to score late in the game again to make it 4-2 to secure the victory.

These two teams faced off very early in the season this year in the Big 10/ACC Cup, where Duke dominated the Terps, winning 2-0 and outshooting Maryland 20-3. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Holliday recorded a career high 13 saves in that game.

However, the Terps are a much different team now, having won eight out of the last nine.

Early in the season, their attack was a major problem. However, as showcased against Wake Forest and throughout much of the second half of the season, the offense has picked up. Maryland has averaged 3.44 goals in their last nine contests.

The Blue Devils have been hot as well, also winning eight of their last nine games with their lone loss coming in the ACC Tournament semi-finals versus Louisville.

Duke is led by junior forward Rose Tynan, who has scored 16 goals this year, including one against Miami of Ohio to go with her two assists on the day.

The Terps will be looking to get to the Final Four for the first time since the 2013 season, where they lost to none other than Duke by a score of 3-2.

The game will start at 2 p.m. and be streamed online on the Blue Devil Network.

Ben Warco

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