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Men’s lacrosse: Wolf (L. Merion) completes hat trick in OT to lift Duke past Maryland, 9-8

Saturday, 5th March 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/5/11
From Press Releases and Staff Reports

Duke freshman Jordan Wolf (Lower Merion) tallied his third goal of the game 1:01 into overtime to lift the 15th-ranked Blue Devils to a 9-8 overtime victory over No. 3 Maryland in ACC men’s lacrosse action this afternoon at Durham, N.C.

Wolf led Duke in scoring as the Blue Devils netted the game’s final two goals for the crucial ACC victory.

“I went out in the corner and Christian Walsh set a really nice pick to seal his guy,” Wolf said. “All I really did was run by the net and saw a little bit of space and I just went for it. [When I saw it go in] it was the best moment of my life. It’s why everyone comes here, to play a game like that. It was really special.”

No. 15 Duke (2-2), snapped a two-game losing streak as sophomore goalie Dan Wigrizer (Haverford School) made 17 saves and played brilliantly. For the No. 3 Terps (2-1), red-shirt freshman goalie Niko Amato (La Salle) was just as impressive with 19 saves. Senior defenseman Brett Schmidt (Upper Dublin) had six groundballs for Maryland.

“Our defense stuck to our plan perfectly,” said Wigrizer. “They were able to give up shots that they were supposed to give up. I saw shots that I should save and because of the defense doing everything worked in our favor.

“There’s nothing better than this. An overtime win, ACC win against Maryland, it doesn’t get much better than this.”

After Maryland rallied back from a three-goal deficit to take an 8-7 lead with just over a minute left in regulation, the Blue Devils successfully cleared and called their final timeout. Duke came out of the huddle and got into its offensive set and let the seconds tick away as it looked for the best scoring opportunity. With less than 10 seconds on the clock, senior Zach Howell got the ball right on the doorstep amongst Maryland defensemen and was able to slip the ball past Amato to tie the game with three ticks left in regulation and force overtime.

Junior CJ Costabile came out in overtime and won the opening draw and got Duke into the box where the Blue Devils called a timeout. Much like they did on the previous play, the Blue Devils set up their offense.

The ball eventually landed in the stick of Wolf in the corner on the left side of the cage. The rookie attackman was able to get enough space between him and the Terrapin defenseman and he unleashed a shot that sailed past Amato to clinch the victory for the Blue Devils.

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