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Duke Men’s Lacrosse Wins Third NCAA Title In Five Years With 11-9 Win Over Notre Dame On May 26


Duke won its second consecutive NCAA men's lacrosse championship, holding off Notre Dame's comeback with a goal by Kyle Keenan with 2:39 left to clinch an 11-9 victory Monday. The top-seeded Blue Devils (17-3) limited the Irish to one goal over the first 35 minutes, built a six-goal lead in the third quarter and held on to capture their third national championship in the last five years. It sure wasn't easy. The sixth-seeded Irish (12-6) closed to 9-8 with 5 minutes left and had the ball with a chance to tie. But after Duke goalie Luke Aaron stopped a shot by Jim Marlatt, Keenan scored on the other end for a two-goal cushion.

Duke won its second consecutive NCAA men’s lacrosse championship, holding off Notre Dame’s comeback with a goal by Kyle Keenan with 2:39 left to clinch an 11-9 victory Monday.
The top-seeded Blue Devils (17-3) limited the Irish to one goal over the first 35 minutes, built a six-goal lead in the third quarter and held on to capture their third national championship in the last five years.
It sure wasn’t easy. The sixth-seeded Irish (12-6) closed to 9-8 with 5 minutes left and had the ball with a chance to tie. But after Duke goalie Luke Aaron stopped a shot by Jim Marlatt, Keenan scored on the other end for a two-goal cushion.

Sergio Perkovic’s fifth goal of the game made it 10-9 with 49.6 seconds remaining. Duke won the ensuing draw, however, and Jordan Wolf scored with 23.6 seconds to go to clinch it.

 

Wolf finished with two goals and four assists, and the Blue Devils got goals from seven different players.

Duke earned its first title in 2010 with a one-goal win over Notre Dame. This one, an all-Atlantic Coast Conference matchup, looked to be a lopsided rout before the Irish rallied.

Notre Dame tied a record for fewest first-half goals in the championship game last set by Cornell in 1988. The Irish, who came in averaging 12 goals and 37 shots per game, took only 18 shots.

Duke’s swarming defense had a lot to do with that.

Notre Dame has played in 19 NCAA tournaments and reached the national semifinals on four occasions but still has not won the championship.

Duke, on the other hand, has the makings of a dynasty. The Blue Devils have played in each of the last eight national semifinals and reached the title game four times in that span under coach John Danowski.

Up 5-1 at halftime, Duke got a goal from Keenan with 17 seconds gone in the third quarter. After Perkovic answered for the Irish, the Blue Devils scored twice within a minute for an 8-2 lead.

#5 Denver Men’s Lacrosse Falls To #1 Duke 15-12 In NCAA Tournament Semifinals On May 24


The No. 5 seed University of Denver men’s lacrosse team made a second-half push, but came up on the short end of a 15-12 result against No. 1 seed and defending national champion Duke on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse National Semifinals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The setback marks the second consecutive season that the Pioneers have advanced to the national semifinals and the third time in the last four seasons overall.  Denver closes out the season 16-3 overall, while Duke improves to 16-3 and advances to Monday’s NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Game. Denver rallied to outscore the Blue Devils 8-7 in the second half after being outscored by Duke 8-4 over the initial 30 minutes of action, but it wasn’t enough as the Blue Devils scored three of the game’s final four goals after Denver got to within 12-11 with 11:09 remaining in regulation. Junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) paced Denver in defeat with a game-high five goals on 10 shots, while also collecting three ground balls.  Freshman Tyler Pace (Mission, B.C.) and sophomore Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) each contributed three scores. Freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) added a goal and an assist in the loss while junior Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) came up with a trio of ground balls. Sophomore Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) led the Pioneers in the faceoff circle, capturing 12-of-27 draws. Jordan Wolf (3 goals, 2 assists) and Kyle Keenan (4 goals, 1 assist) paced Duke offensively in the win. Denver jumped on the board first as Berg netted his 44th goal of the season, sneaking a pass around a Duke defender as he lost his footing. Following back-to-back goals by the Blue Devils, Pace tied the game at 2-2 with his 24th goal of the season, beating his defender top-side. With 1:11 remaining in the quarter, Duke’s Cohen scored to put the Blue Devils up 3-2 off a pass from Jordan Wolf. Bobzien tied the score 3-3 29 seconds into the second quarter as he circled the cage, taking his defender one-on-one and slipping it low post past the keeper. Duke answered with a goal less than a minute later to regain the lead. Berg scored his second of the game, 45th of the season, with 8:15 left in the second quarter, beating the Blue Devils keeper low from 10 yards out. Duke answered with 6:26 left to take the lead for the fourth time in the game. Duke made it 6-4 with 4:54 left before the halftime as Wolf scooped up the loose ball after a save by LaPlante put the ball back in play. LaPlante had made his fifth save of the day off a shot by Jones. Wolf scored his second of the game with 2:33 and then his third of the game with 7.5 seconds left to put the Blue Devils up by their largest margin of the game, 8-4.

The No. 5 seed University of Denver men’s lacrosse team made a second-half push, but came up on the short end of a 15-12 result against No. 1 seed and defending national champion Duke on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse National Semifinals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
The setback marks the second consecutive season that the Pioneers have advanced to the national semifinals and the third time in the last four seasons overall. Denver closes out the season 16-3 overall, while Duke improves to 16-3 and advances to Monday’s NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Game.
Denver rallied to outscore the Blue Devils 8-7 in the second half after being outscored by Duke 8-4 over the initial 30 minutes of action, but it wasn’t enough as the Blue Devils scored three of the game’s final four goals after Denver got to within 12-11 with 11:09 remaining in regulation.
Junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) paced Denver in defeat with a game-high five goals on 10 shots, while also collecting three ground balls. Freshman Tyler Pace (Mission, B.C.) and sophomore Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) each contributed three scores.
Freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) added a goal and an assist in the loss while junior Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) came up with a trio of ground balls.
Sophomore Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) led the Pioneers in the faceoff circle, capturing 12-of-27 draws.
Jordan Wolf (3 goals, 2 assists) and Kyle Keenan (4 goals, 1 assist) paced Duke offensively in the win.
Denver jumped on the board first as Berg netted his 44th goal of the season, sneaking a pass around a Duke defender as he lost his footing.
Following back-to-back goals by the Blue Devils, Pace tied the game at 2-2 with his 24th goal of the season, beating his defender top-side.
With 1:11 remaining in the quarter, Duke’s Cohen scored to put the Blue Devils up 3-2 off a pass from Jordan Wolf.
Bobzien tied the score 3-3 29 seconds into the second quarter as he circled the cage, taking his defender one-on-one and slipping it low post past the keeper. Duke answered with a goal less than a minute later to regain the lead.
Berg scored his second of the game, 45th of the season, with 8:15 left in the second quarter, beating the Blue Devils keeper low from 10 yards out. Duke answered with 6:26 left to take the lead for the fourth time in the game.
Duke made it 6-4 with 4:54 left before the halftime as Wolf scooped up the loose ball after a save by LaPlante put the ball back in play. LaPlante had made his fifth save of the day off a shot by Jones. Wolf scored his second of the game with 2:33 and then his third of the game with 7.5 seconds left to put the Blue Devils up by their largest margin of the game, 8-4.

Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Falls Behind 3-0 Early In 1st Quarter, Loses To Duke 13-8 In NCAA First Round On May 9; Cardinal Finishes Season 14-5


Stanford fell into a hole early and never fully recovered during a 13-8 loss to Duke in the first round of the NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament on Friday at Notre Dame. No. 19-ranked Stanford (14-5) allowed three goals in the first 59 seconds and didn’t earn its first possession until the Cardinal trailed 3-0. However, Stanford rallied to within a goal and was within two in the final minutes before No. 9 Duke (10-7) essentially scored three empty-net goals in the final two minutes for the closer-than-the-score-indicates final margin. “You’ve got to be ready from the first draw and that happened to us in the past two games,” said Stanford coach Amy Bokker, whose team fell behind Denver 6-0 in a 14-11 loss in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament final last week.  “I did think we could recover,” Bokker said. “We’ve had deficits early in games before. But a lot of credit to Duke, they did a good job of going hard to the net and taking advantage of what we gave them. We dug ourselves a hole and it was really hard to recover.” Alexandra Crerend led Stanford with three goals and five draw controls – both season-highs for the sophomore transfer from Brown. It was her first multi-goal game for Stanford. Stanford closed to within 4-3 after consecutive goals by Crerend and Meg Lentz, the latter after a quick pass into the middle from Hannah Farr on a free position, with 6:14 left in the first half.  With Stanford a player up because of a Duke yellow card, the opportunity seemed there to tie the game. Farr did get a shot off during the penalty, but the Blue Devils countered with two shorthanded goals to bolt to a 6-3 lead.  Stanford was forced to chase thereafter. Needing to put consecutive goals together to truly rally, Stanford was unable to do so, though the Cardinal continued to apply the pressure. However, they continued to have trouble cracking the interior of the Duke defense. “Their defense played really well, but I thought we needed to do a better job of driving hard to the net and getting our shoulders in and creating opportunities for ourselves,” Bokker said. “We have some really great dodgers on our team. We just need to play fierce.”   Crerend scored twice in a three-minute span of the second half to bring Stanford within 7-5 and the teams continued to trade goals as the clock wound down.  With 8:51 left, freshman Kelsey Murray made a run from behind the Duke goal, cut across the middle, and fired a shot over the shoulder of Duke goalie Kelsey Duryea to cut the Stanford deficit to 10-8, but the Cardinal would draw no closer. Duke began to stall, spreading the field and drawing the Stanford defense out. Stanford appeared to concede a goal to in an effort to gain possession off the faceoff. With 1:57 left, Stanford sophomore goalie Katie Wiseman, making her first collegiate start, left the crease to guard a Blue Devil on the wing. Duke indeed scored, but Stanford failed to control the draw and Duke added two official empty-net goals, after Wiseman left the field.

Stanford fell into a hole early and never fully recovered during a 13-8 loss to Duke in the first round of the NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament on Friday at Notre Dame.
No. 19-ranked Stanford (14-5) allowed three goals in the first 59 seconds and didn’t earn its first possession until the Cardinal trailed 3-0. However, Stanford rallied to within a goal and was within two in the final minutes before No. 9 Duke (10-7) essentially scored three empty-net goals in the final two minutes for the closer-than-the-score-indicates final margin.
“You’ve got to be ready from the first draw and that happened to us in the past two games,” said Stanford coach Amy Bokker, whose team fell behind Denver 6-0 in a 14-11 loss in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament final last week.
“I did think we could recover,” Bokker said. “We’ve had deficits early in games before. But a lot of credit to Duke, they did a good job of going hard to the net and taking advantage of what we gave them. We dug ourselves a hole and it was really hard to recover.”
Alexandra Crerend led Stanford with three goals and five draw controls – both season-highs for the sophomore transfer from Brown. It was her first multi-goal game for Stanford.
Stanford closed to within 4-3 after consecutive goals by Crerend and Meg Lentz, the latter after a quick pass into the middle from Hannah Farr on a free position, with 6:14 left in the first half.
With Stanford a player up because of a Duke yellow card, the opportunity seemed there to tie the game. Farr did get a shot off during the penalty, but the Blue Devils countered with two shorthanded goals to bolt to a 6-3 lead.
Stanford was forced to chase thereafter. Needing to put consecutive goals together to truly rally, Stanford was unable to do so, though the Cardinal continued to apply the pressure. However, they continued to have trouble cracking the interior of the Duke defense.
“Their defense played really well, but I thought we needed to do a better job of driving hard to the net and getting our shoulders in and creating opportunities for ourselves,” Bokker said. “We have some really great dodgers on our team. We just need to play fierce.”
Crerend scored twice in a three-minute span of the second half to bring Stanford within 7-5 and the teams continued to trade goals as the clock wound down.
With 8:51 left, freshman Kelsey Murray made a run from behind the Duke goal, cut across the middle, and fired a shot over the shoulder of Duke goalie Kelsey Duryea to cut the Stanford deficit to 10-8, but the Cardinal would draw no closer.
Duke began to stall, spreading the field and drawing the Stanford defense out. Stanford appeared to concede a goal to in an effort to gain possession off the faceoff. With 1:57 left, Stanford sophomore goalie Katie Wiseman, making her first collegiate start, left the crease to guard a Blue Devil on the wing. Duke indeed scored, but Stanford failed to control the draw and Duke added two official empty-net goals, after Wiseman left the field.

Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Receive At-Large Bid To 2014 NCAA National Championships; Pioneers Face Duke On May At Notre Dame’s Arlotta Stadium


The Stanford women’s lacrosse team received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament Sunday night. It was welcome news after losing the chance at automatic berth earlier in the day. Stanford fell into hole early and could not recover in a 14-11 loss to Denver in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament championship game Sunday. However, Stanford (14-4) secured an NCAA spot for the second consecutive year. Stanford plays Duke (9-7) in the first round on Friday at Notre Dame. Stanford would play the winner of High Point (14-5) and Notre Dame (9-8), the No. 8 seed, in the second round of the 26-team tournament. Last year, Stanford beat Notre Dame in the first round for the first NCAA victory in school history. In the MPSF final, No. 20 Stanford (14-4) fell behind by deficits of 5-0 and 9-2 and never was able to draw closer than the final margin. Hannah Farr and Rachel Ozer scored three goals apiece to lead the Cardinal. Denver (18-1) plays Jacksonville (14-5) in Gainesville, Fla. Stanford had played Denver six times in the MPSF tournament, including five times in MPSF tournament, and won every one. But Denver (18-1) ended that streak thanks largely to its fine start. This was in contrast to their previous meeting, on April 4 at Stanford, when Stanford bolted a 6-0 lead in what would be a 13-12 Denver victory. Ozer broke through for Stanford in the ninth minute. From that point on, Stanford outscored Denver, 11-9. Alexandra Crerend helped give the Cardinal a boost on faceoffs, which helped fuel a 3-0 run that brought Stanford within 9-5, on a goal by Lucy Dikeou with 1:21 left in the first half. Denver, however, responded with a 3-0 run of its own bridging halftime to retake control of the game.

The Stanford women’s lacrosse team received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament Sunday night. It was welcome news after losing the chance at automatic berth earlier in the day.
Stanford fell into hole early and could not recover in a 14-11 loss to Denver in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament championship game Sunday. However, Stanford (14-4) secured an NCAA spot for the second consecutive year.
Stanford plays Duke (9-7) in the first round on Friday at Notre Dame. Stanford would play the winner of High Point (14-5) and Notre Dame (9-8), the No. 8 seed, in the second round of the 26-team tournament.
Last year, Stanford beat Notre Dame in the first round for the first NCAA victory in school history.
In the MPSF final, No. 20 Stanford (14-4) fell behind by deficits of 5-0 and 9-2 and never was able to draw closer than the final margin. Hannah Farr and Rachel Ozer scored three goals apiece to lead the Cardinal.
Denver (18-1) plays Jacksonville (14-5) in Gainesville, Fla.
Stanford had played Denver six times in the MPSF tournament, including five times in MPSF tournament, and won every one. But Denver (18-1) ended that streak thanks largely to its fine start. This was in contrast to their previous meeting, on April 4 at Stanford, when Stanford bolted a 6-0 lead in what would be a 13-12 Denver victory.
Ozer broke through for Stanford in the ninth minute. From that point on, Stanford outscored Denver, 11-9. Alexandra Crerend helped give the Cardinal a boost on faceoffs, which helped fuel a 3-0 run that brought Stanford within 9-5, on a goal by Lucy Dikeou with 1:21 left in the first half.
Denver, however, responded with a 3-0 run of its own bridging halftime to retake control of the game.

“Lacrosse Magazine April 2014” Issue Released Featuring Team USA’s Lee Zink, Duke Men’s Casey Carroll And US Lacrosse “First Stick Program”


Lacrosse Magazine April 2014

COVER STORY – Worth the Wait They’ve toiled for years in pursuit of the opportunity that lay before them now – to represent their country on home soil. With the FIL World Championship just three months away, LM profiles three U.S. Team hopefuls on destiny’s doorstep- Lee Zink, Kevin Leveille and Chris Eck. FEATURES Casey’s Homecoming After four deployments as a U.S. Army Ranger, 29-year-old defenseman Casey Carroll feels lucky to be a Duke Blue Devil again. by Corey McLaughlin | Online Extra – “Tuesday’s With Corey” column on Carroll from earlier this spring. “I’m Kind of Unique” An injury at birth left Liberty’s Natalie Emery with limited use of her right arm, an obstacle the powerhouse lefty and Tennessee native now considers a gift. By Laurel Pfahler First Stick in Key West Not everyone in the Florida Keys is on vacation. Devoid of lacrosse in the southernmost point of the continental U.S., a few transplants used the US Lacrosse First Stick Program to get the sport off the ground. By Paul Ohanion COLUMNS From the Editor: Sports and Geopolitics His Space: Legend and Spirit Honored Her Space: For the Love of Lacrosse Boyle Point: The Trouble With Labels DEPARTMENTS High School Rundown Gaze on the early-season stars from the South and marquee games that could cause tectonic shifts in the Nike/US Lacrosse National Top 25 polls. The Scoop The Army-Navy rivalry comes to women’s lacrosse, the MLL and LXM Pro Tour play nice and former Princeton star Sean Hartofilis breaks into the movie business. World Lacrosse 2014 Navy’s Old Goats will be out in full force for the World Festivals in Denver. Your Edge Former Florida star and current Team USA midfielder Brittany Dashiell gives her tips for play between the lines. Give and Go Team USA assistant and Penn State University head coach Jeff Tambroni is on the hot seat this month. What did the former Hobart midfielder have to say to our questions?

NCAA Lacrosse: “Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 20” Ranks Duke Men’s Lacrosse #1 Followed By Syracuse, North Carolina, Denver & Notre Dame


NCAA Men's Lacrosse

With several key players returning from last year’s NCAA championship team, the Duke men’s lacrosse team tops Lacrosse Magazine’s NCAA Division I preseason rankings for 2014.
The Blue Devils, who have advanced to seven straight NCAA final fours and won titles in 2010 and 2013 under coach John Danowski, were 16-5 in 2013, winning 14 of their final 15 games.
All six members of the revamped ACC are ranked in the top 10, with 2013 NCAA runner-up Syracuse and North Carolina right behind the Blue Devils at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Notre Dame (No. 6), Maryland (No. 7) and Virginia (No. 9) gave the expanded conference a dramatic presence at the top of the rankings.
Denver is the only non-ACC squad in the top five, earning the No. 4 nod after a trip to the NCAA semifinals last year. The Pioneers will make their Big East debut this season.
The rankings were compiled by Lacrosse Magazine staff after consultation with college coaches.

Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division I Men’s Preseason Top 20

1. Duke
2. Syracuse
3. North Carolina
4. Denver
5. Notre Dame
6. Princeton
7. Maryland
8. Penn State
9. Virginia
10. Albany
11. Loyola
12. Yale
13. Johns Hopkins
14. Bucknell
15. Ohio State
16. Lehigh
17. Penn
18. Cornell
19. St. John’s
20. Villanova

NCAA Lacrosse: Duke Women’s Lacrosse Releases 2014 Schedule Featuring Northwestern, Maryland, Virginia, Syracuse, North Carolina And Notre Dame


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Duke women’s lacrosse head coach Kerstin Kimel has announced the program’s schedule for the 2014 campaign, which features contests against 10 2013 NCAA Tournament teams, including all four of last year’s national semifinalists. The challenging slate is also highlighted by inaugural ACC matchups with Notre Dame and Syracuse.
Kimel’s squad will host nine games at Koskinen Stadium in 2014, including tilts against conference opponents Maryland, Virginia and Boston College, as well as future ACC member Louisville. Duke will also hit the road for seven road contests, with trips to the Carrier Dome at Syracuse and South Bend to face the Fighting Irish. The 2014 ACC Tournament will be played at Boston College’s Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass., Apr. 24-27.

Duke Women's Lacrosse 2014 Schedule