For Duke, Maryland, a matchup of old friends in lacrosse

Cheers and Jeers,Sports,Kevin Dunleavy
Maryland freshman Goran Murray and Duke sophomore Jordan Wolf went to high schools a mile and a half apart in the Philadelphia suburbs and played on the same summer lacrosse travel team. But they never faced each other in a game. While Murray played at private Haverford, Wolf starred at public Lower Merion.

This year, however, they are making up for lost time. When unseeded Maryland (11-5) faces No. 3 Duke (15-4) in the NCAA semifinals Saturday, it will be the third time Murray, a standout defender, will try to put the clamps on Duke's top scorer, who has 32 goals and 31 assists.

Murray, the ACC freshman of the year, has limited Wolf to no goals and two assists in the two games. Maryland won the first 10-7. Duke took the second in the ACC semifinals 6-5.

It's the same scenario as last year, when the teams played in the NCAA Final Four after splitting two earlier meetings. Maryland won the rubber match 9-4 to advance to the title game.

In his first game against Maryland, Wolf came off the bench to score three goals. In the four games since, he has been shut out. Duke has other threats, but the Blue Devils will need their top playmaker in the flow Saturday against Maryland.

At 6-foot, 175 pounds, Murray doesn't have prototypical length and size, but he is one of the quickest players in college lacrosse. Johns Hopkins' top scorer, Zach Palmer, managed only one goal in two games against Murray, including Saturday's 11-5 Maryland win in the quarterfinals.

- Kevin Dunleavy

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