In the final ACC regular-season matchup between Duke and Maryland, it was the Terrapins who had the last laugh.
Following a strong first-half showing from the Blue Devils, No. 13 Maryland was able to overpower Duke in the second half and walk away with a 3-1 victory at Ludwig Field. Led by sophomore midfielder Tsubasa Endoh, the Terrapins were able to blow past the Blue Devils with a three-goal offensive performance in the second half.
Maryland (1-1-1, 1-0 in the ACC) controlled the tempo for the majority of the contest. The Terrapins held Duke (1-1-1, 0-1) to two shots in the first half and ultimately outshot them 19-4 at the conclusion of the game.
The Blue Devils struck first in the 25th minute, with junior Sean Davis finding the back of the net. Davis lined up from 28 yards away on a free kick and was able to bend the ball past Maryland goalkeeper Zack Steffen’s outstretched hands.
Duke came out determined to play physically, racking up eight fouls in the first half. The Blue Devils nearly matched that total in the second half, adding on another seven.
Although Duke was outshot 9-2 by Maryland in the opening half, the Blue Devils managed to hold the Terrapins scoreless and enter the half with a 1-0 lead and a chance to upset Maryland on its home field in front of a record crowd of 8,937 fans.
All the hopes of an upset were dashed in the second half, which belonged to Maryland’s offense. The Terrapins offense proved why it is one of the most lethal in the land, racking up three goals in a span of 12 minutes. The offensive outburst took all the momentum the Blue Devils had managed to compile in the first half.
Endoh was in the middle of the action for Maryland all evening. He tied the score at one just nine minutes into the second half. Nine minutes later, Endoh set up the Terrapin’s next goal off a corner kick, finding junior midfielder Helge Leikvang for the header and the go-ahead score.
Duke will look to move past the tough loss and break .500 when it takes on Georgia Southern Tuesday.