#2 Terps Take Down #1 Duke 8-7 in OT Thriller

#2 Terps Take Down #1 Duke 8-7 in OT Thriller

#2 Terps Take Down #1 Duke 8-7 in OT Thriller

#2 Terps Take Down #1 Duke 8-7 in OT Thriller

Xander Ritz decided come loaded with his A-game, dropping 5 on the Blue Devils, including the game winner on a shorti iso from back right. Lots of penalties (and EMO conversions), some rough and tumble ground ball fights, conservative iso offense, lead changes throughout, sloppy clearing, and great goaltending from both keeps.

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Come on
    by (#97931) on 3/04/06 @8:54PM
Im extremely dissappointed in my Dukies. I know that its against #2, but 5 goals from one guy thats just rediculous. i expected theyre offense to rise up to the challenge especially after having the best midfield and attack in the country. I just cant believe they lost already, but i think you can count on seeing them on Memorial Day against UVA or MD
 
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ha
    by (#49589) on 3/04/06 @10:50PM
i think u can count on them being a one hit wonder cum on now states down south dont play lax like we doo look even dukes best player is from canada
 
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not really
    by (#97931) on 3/04/06 @11:07PM
i can guarantee you they will be in the Championship game
 
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dude
    by (#21554) on 3/04/06 @11:28PM
dude you are obviously some prick from europe marylands a sick team and so is duke. duke is definitly gonna be in tha acc championship so shut up you immmigrant
 
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yes
    by (#97931) on 3/05/06 @12:12PM
i think you can count on both teams in the championship game will be from the ACC
 
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houndlax6
    by (#113210) on 3/06/06 @1:19PM
nice insults... immigrant?... good one. its apparent that duke cant stand up to the pressure of being number one... i mean come on they have the best offense in the country and vetran d
 
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uuuuh no
    by (#61125) on 3/06/06 @5:38PM
Maryland has a great team. It has nothing to do with the pressure of being number one. They lost by one goal to the number two team early in the season. This wont have any affect with where they end up later in the season. If anything they are going to be a better and stronger team to beat towards the end of the season.
 
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prick
    by (#103527) on 3/06/06 @6:45PM
dont make fun of us immigrants we could bust a cap in your head and we could kick your a$$ in lax but duke is definetly the best
 
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pivkeep
    by (#72115) on 3/06/06 @6:10PM
are you retarted, matt greer sits on the chris, danowski or zash are dukes best players, retard.
 
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crease
    by (#72115) on 3/06/06 @6:11PM
crease** not chris
 
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Good One
    by (#97042) on 3/06/06 @8:10PM
Yeah, good one. Greer gets 57 goals freshman year but he just sits on the crease? I don't think so, bro, if he just sat on the crease he wouldn't have 70 points and be named freshman of the year. Nice try though.
 
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yo fagle-
    by (#72115) on 3/09/06 @4:16PM
um lets see look at this hyperlink- http://www.lax.com/team_stats.phtml?team_id=1015&year=05 , hmm 57 goals.. 15 ASSIST. wow lots of assist dont you think... i dont think i saw him dodge much at all the times i saw him play, and um.. matt danowski and flannery hooked him up with a bunch of goals to my remembrence, so i nice try fag.
 
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zach
    by (#72115) on 3/09/06 @4:16PM
zach greer
 
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New York
    by (#112067) on 3/10/06 @8:32AM
Dukes best players are from New York (Matt Zash and Matt Danowski). I have nothing aainst the True North but Zach Greer just gathers the spoils.
-Little Bo Peep-
 
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Maryland
    by (#125036) on 3/06/06 @4:16PM
Maryland is the bomb. Duke is a GREAT team also. Duke will make it as far as maryland. I would like to see these two teams in the championship game.
 
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    by (#116960) on 3/07/06 @2:50PM
dude isnt the guys name zach greer not matt and yes i would see this to teams in the final four along with cuse and someone else and yes it is good for duke to lost because into the final four being undeffeted would be tough its just like last year when illinois in basketball lost there last game and then ran to the national championship they may have lost but they made it as far as you can go.
 
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laxman5......pleeese
    by (#78222) on 3/07/06 @8:02PM
Please consider proofreading your comments...they look like a fifth graders'!! GO GULLS...TERPS TOO!!!!
 
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    by (#62357) on 3/07/06 @7:50PM
I spoke to Zach after the game and he said as a whole, the team didnt play as good as they could or should have. Not saying that Maryland didnt deserve to win or anything, but the next time both teams clash, it should be a different outcome. With that being said, I agree with most of you, both teams are stellar. Maryland is having a great season, as Duke is, but they have a few new guys, Loftus is settling nicely into the big shoes Fenton left for him to fill. But I think this loss is what Duke needed. With all the hype they have, being ranked #1 in everything in the IL Mens Lacrosse Preview really puts a lot of pressure, and as we all know, any team can beat any other team any given day of the week. It all comes down to who showed up to play, and like the article says, Xander Ritz brought his "A Game" and it showed.
 
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Second game will end the same
    by (#121788) on 3/08/06 @6:50PM
Besides Maryland just being all around better than Duke, the second reason why Maryland will beat Duke again if they are to play eachother again is.......DUKE PLAYS GARBAGE TEAMS!!!!!!!!! They aren't getting expitience with the top teams in the nation like they should. Going into that game Duke played Bellarmine and Butler. Come on now, Maryland played and mandhandled Georgetown. Duke will lose when they play Virginia and Hopkins to b/c who else do they play before those games? Ohio State, Mt. Saint Marys, Cornell, North Carolina, and Loyola. All teams that Duke shouldn't be playing (excluding UNC they're just an easy team) What great, elite teams to play when you were projected to dominate this season.
 
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    by (#94711) on 3/08/06 @8:47PM
Thats interesting, considering Duke dropped a big fat deuce on Maryland's collective chest last year, and that was after playing "garbage teams". These are essentially the same teams as last year, so I'm not sure how you get away with saying Maryland is "all-around better" after an OT win. Don't get me wrong, Maryland is a great team, but you're just making yourself look like an idiot. Duke will destroy Hopkins when they play, and the UVa game could definitely go either way... and the Hoo's are my team. If Maryland sweeps Duke this year, it will most likely be because this is the only time they played.

And look at the teams you call "Garbage." Ohio State is a growing program, Cornell is definitely one of the stronger teams this year, UNC has been in a slump lately but has won four national championships since the last time Maryland got one. There are 57 D1 teams; these programs definitely aren't at the bottom.
 
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    by (#121788) on 3/08/06 @9:14PM
I admit I might have been pushing it with the whole all around better comment but by garbage teams i mean teams that don't help duke at all. These games are going to be blowouts against the best or second best team in the nation which doesn't fully prepare them for games against teams like UVA who have showed they can put up 15 points on the nations elite such as syracuse.
No harm meant. Just think duke should be playing more navys and princetons.
 
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    by (#121788) on 3/08/06 @9:18PM
just wanted to correct my last comment. Virginia scored 20 goals n gave up 15.
 
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Alright
    by (#94711) on 3/08/06 @11:57PM
Going back I dont know why I posted such an angry response, so I'm sorry about that. Granted their schedule is pretty weak this year, and it does look pretty suspect when you see guys like Danowski with 92 points at the end of the year. I would definitely say that elite teams need to play against teams of their caliber, but with the parity the sport has seen in recent years it isn't necessarily easy to do this. It is important for newer programs to play top teams, but getting blown out does no one any good. The biggest issue I have with Duke's schedule is that it looks like Coach Pressler is just padding his players resumes for All-America, because it doesnt look like he has been cleaning the bench out like he could. After seeing my favorite team lose by 15 goals, you can believe that I hope the next team that gets up on Duke by a lot keeps their starters in for a long, long time.
 
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I forgot to add
    by (#62357) on 3/09/06 @10:56AM
Also, one of the most important loses Duke had last year, besides Aaron Fenton, was their Assistant Coach who went to head coach Army. Correct me if i am wrong, but i believe the former assistant coach and Pressler switched duties, and the assistant coach did take care of the offense, so that would make a very large difference. I doesnt matter who you talk to, in the Div 1, sure they're are some very phenominal players, but if they are not instructed or coached as they should be, they are useless. Obviously there are exceptions, but for your average Div 1 player, coaching is very important.
 
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Easy Schedule
    by (#113494) on 3/07/06 @10:02PM
Duke has a really easy schedule, they play like 4 good teams. No wonder they score 20 goals a game.
 
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    by (#117721) on 3/08/06 @8:21AM
Being the #1 team, they are going to have an "easy" schedule, because there are only so many "hard" teams they can play

anyways, Maryland had a great game, and my hometown boy (freshman) Dan Groot scored his first NCAA goal!!!!!!!!!!
 
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