NCAA soccer: Maryland Terrapins defeat Duke Blue Devils, 4-2, in front of record crowd

The largest crowd in Ludwig Field history watched the third-ranked Maryland men’s soccer team defeat Duke, 4-2, on Friday night.

John Stertzer scored twice in a 10-minute span early in the second half, Sunny Jane had a goal and an assist and Casey Townsend added two assists for the Terrapins (13-1-1) in front of 7,957 in College Park, Md. The previous record was 7,260 for Duke’s visit last year.

With a 4-1-0 record in the ACC, Maryland vaulted past Duke (3-2-1) and North Carolina (3-1-1) to claim first place with three matches remaining: at North Carolina and Clemson and home against Wake Forest.

Duke (7-5-1 overall) went ahead in the 13th minute, but Jane answered less than two minutes later and Stertzer’s penalty kick in the 55th put Maryland ahead for good. Blue Devils forward Andrew Wenger, who began the week leading the nation with 15 goals, was held scoreless.

Meantime, Will Bates recorded a hat trick to increase his season total to 13 in Virginia’s 4-3 loss at Wake Forest, snapping the Cavaliers’ three-game winning streak. Virginia is 8-5-0 overall, 3-2-0 in the ACC.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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