Lacrosse the Internet: Memorial Monday

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West Islip's Kyle Turri helps Duke reach NCAA final
Duke goalie Kyle Turri picked a good time to have the best game of his career, making 16 saves Saturday to help the Blue Devils outscore Cornell, 16-14. Did his coach see such a game coming for the redheaded sophomore from West Islip?

Duke counting on Wolf in lacrosse title game
For the Duke lacrosse team’s offense to function as efficiently as possible this year, the Blue Devils knew they needed Jordan Wolf to make a jump as a junior.

Syracuse Lacrosse Vs. Duke: Orange Aim For 12th National Championship
Tradition is grand, isn't it? How nice is it for it to be Memorial Day and the Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse team is once again -- the 17th time to be exact -- playing for another National Championship at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN in Philadelphia.

Blue Devils one win away from crown
Having arrived on campus the summer after Duke won its first men’s lacrosse championship in 2010, Josh Dionne has longed to add to the Blue Devils legacy.

Syracuse men's lacrosse faces balanced Duke attack; Orange looks to avenge last year's season-ending loss
The Syracuse men's lacrosse team had no trouble dealing with Denver's top five scoring offense in the national semifinals.

Analysis: Syracuse lacrosse would be worst faceoff team to win title in at least 12 years
It's the fastest part of a lacrosse game, lasting just seconds, with its participants usually running on and off the field immediately after it ends.

At 30-year anniversary of Syracuse’s first NCAA championship, former players reflect on historic campaign
The 1983 Syracuse men’s lacrosse team had two uniforms: blue and white.

Championship squads have star power, but it's teamwork that makes them whole
Both participants in Monday’s 2013 Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship matchup have their stars.

As Walsh grows accustomed to new role in midfield, Duke’s offense finds rhythm heading into title game
Christian Walsh struggled to remember the last time he played midfield. Not in high school — he was always an attack. Barely in college — he began his career as a midfielder for all of two games as a freshman.

Full Interview: Duke Head Coach John Danowski
Duke is no stranger to lacrosse’s championship weekend – the Blue Devils are making their seventh straight trip to the lacrosse final four. But success once they get to Memorial Day weekend hasn’t been the norm for coach John Danowski’s team.

Behind-the-Scenes Photos of Duke, Part 2
Peyton Williams provides some amazing shots of Duke's trip to Championship Weekend.

JoJo Marasco Can Cement Syracuse Legacy on Monday
Denver coach Bill Tierney was poignant on multiple levels with his postgame comment Saturday about the top-seeded Syracuse Orange that had just beaten his Pioneers 9-8 in the NCAA Semifinal.

Danowski, Duke Prepare Defense for Championship Game
Duke head coach John Danowski can't help himself. From the first game to the last game, the NCAA season continues to be one long teaching moment for him.

Duke, 'Cuse Survive Early Woes to Make Title Game
Duke lost four of its first six games. Syracuse dropped its season opener as it came off an uncharacteristically lackluster year.

UnCensered: Parting Thoughts on the Semifinals
My stomach hurts while writing this column.

NCAA Final Four: Notes from Philadelphia
“I’d give up everything I’ve achieved individually to get a chance to play on Monday.” – Rob Pannell

Syracuse-Duke Lacrosse Final Sets Stage for A.C.C. Rivalry
Syracuse had already said just about all its goodbyes to the Big East before Saturday’s N.C.A.A. semifinal lacrosse game against Denver, but Derek Maltz’s winning goal with 19.2 seconds left may have served as one last tug on the conference cord.

Hubler, second tristate freshman commit, will be headed to Hopkins
Hubler plays for Avon Old Farms (Conn.) and has been on Team United’s travel team since the seventh grade.

Syracuse, Duke lacrosse have similarly successful styles
One-goal games have been the rule rather than the exception this season for the Syracuse men's lacrosse team.

Duke and Syracuse square off for NCAA lacrosse title
It was late Saturday as coach John Danowski and his Duke assistants rolled through game footage in their Center City hotel. They had finished the first three-quarters of the afternoon's NCAA men's lacrosse semifinal win over Cornell when their players entered for a scheduled 11 p.m. team meeting.

Duke and Syracuse set for unlikely matchup in championship game
At the conclusion of Monday's NCAA tournament final between the Syracuse and Duke men's lacrosse teams, the winning squad will exult and exhale at the same time.

What to watch for as Syracuse men's lacrosse battles Duke for the national championship
The Syracuse men's lacrosse team pursues its NCAA record 12th national championship at 1 p.m. Monday when the Orange battles Duke at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. It is SU's first appearance in the national title game since it beat Cornell in overtime in 2009. Duke is chasing its second national title after claiming its first in 2010.

Syracuse and Duke will play for more than a national championship Monday
Legitimacy, success even, has become progressively trickier to define in our current sports world. It used to be simple -- to the winner went the spoils and all of the accolades along with it.

Today's beats: Here's an hour of The Bad + at the Village Vanguard. Hit play, click the links, and enjoy your morning coffee.

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