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2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament: Duke’s strong start and finish helps them propel past Maryland 13-8

The Blue Devils will take on Yale Monday afternoon in the National Championship game.

Matt Dewkett

FOXBOROUGH, M.A. — The second game in a hot Gillette Stadium began in similar fashion as the first game, as the Duke Blue Devils defeated the defending national champion Maryland Terrapins 13-8. Duke will take on the Yale Bulldogs Monday afternoon in the National Championship game

Duke opened up with a 4-0 run in the first quarter, as all four goals were scored by Blue Devil midfielders against Maryland’s short stick defensive midfielders.

The Blue Devils continued that strong start with two goals for a 6-0 lead. But Maryland got on the board for the first time thanks to Jared Bernhardt with 11:56 left. The Terps eventually trimmed the lead down to a manageable 8-5 margin entering halftime.

The Terps continued their run with two more goals to kick things off in the third quarter to cut the Duke lead to just a goal. It felt like the Duke-Hopkins game last week in Annapolis where the Blue Jays made it a one-goal game in the fourth before the Blue Devils woke up from their slumber.

Once again, they did just that with two goals to end the third. That momentum helped carry the Blue Devils into the fourth quarter with two more tallies to get their lead back to four. Both teams exchanged late goals in the end, but the Terps only scored once in the final 23:05 of the game.

Freshman midfielder Nakeie Montgomery started the game strong with a hat-trick in the first half. He has eight goals in the NCAA Tournament, and 14 on the season, meaning that he’s scored more than half of his goals in the postseason. Speaking of freshmen, attackman Joe Robertson also recorded a hat-trick and an assist, while Justin Guterding led all scorers with six points (3 Gs, 3 As). Cade Van Raaphorst had three caused turnovers, and JT Giles-Harris added a pair as well. Danny Fowler made 12 saves in the win.

For the Terps, Connor Kelly ended his career with a goal and three assists, while Jared Bernhardt and Logan Wisnauskas each scored twice. Justin Shockey went 12-of-18 from the face-off X, and Dan Morris made 14 saves.