Lacrosse the Internet: May 28, 2013

It's officially the offseason. Crap.

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NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Instant Juice: Syracuse 10, Duke 16 
A quick take on Syracuse’s disappointing 16-10 loss to Duke in the NCAA championship game on (finally) a beautiful Memorial Day afternoon before a crowd of 28,224 (220 less than Saturday) at Lincoln Financial Field

NCAA Lacrosse Championship: Face-Off Troubles Doom Syracuse In 16-10 Loss
For one quarter, the Syracuse Orange lacrosse team looked destined to reclaim their rightful crown atop the NCAA Lacrosse Kingdom with ease. Up 4-0 at the end of the first quarter, and up 6-1 shortly-thereafter, concerns over a lack of face-off success were being offset by fantastic play on both offense and defense.

Syracuse's Seniors Leave Legacy of Leadership, Bright Future
Kevin Rice was there, but he wasn’t there. He seemed to be somewhere else as he sat back numb at the postgame dais, eyes like dark saucers looking blankly ahead at the phalanx of scribbling pens on notepads, TV cameras and jutting tape recorders.

Duke Dominates Face-Offs, Tops Syracuse For NCAA Title
Blue Devils head coach John Danowski had no idea face-off midfielder Brendan Fowler was headed to Duke until he heard second hand from Chaminade (N.Y.) high school coach Jack Moran, a long time friend who's provided a pipeline of talent from Long Island to Durham over the years.

Blue Devils Overwhelm Syracuse in Title Game Win
Duke gave up the first five goals in Monday's NCAA championship game at Lincoln Financial Field, and the Blue Devils had little reason to panic. Duke knew it had one of the game's most explosive offenses, not to mention the ultimate fuse with which to spark it against top-seeded Syracuse.

Fowler, Duke's Steady Force, Dominates Faceoffs
Duke looked lost in the season's first month, and it was disoriented in the opening stages of Monday's NCAA tournament final.

Rapid Reaction: Duke Beats Syracuse for Title
Duke walked off the turf at Lincoln Financial Field with the NCAA championship trophy on Monday, downing Syracuse 16-10 to win the Blue Devils' second national championship in program history. The win came before 28,224 fans and a national television audience who were witnesses to Duke faceoff man Brendan Fowler's dominant day, winning 20 of 28 faceoffs. He was named the tournament's most outstanding player.

Photos: Blue Devils Use 12-1 Run to Crush Orange in Title Game
Carnage without words.

DEVIL’S X: Faceoffs doom Syracuse as Duke beats Orange 16-10 in national championship game
Syracuse exposed its Achilles’ heel one too many times.

Duke rallies from early deficit to top Syracuse in final
Duke won its first championship in men's lacrosse in 2010 by winning one key face-off. The Blue Devils earned their second Monday by winning a lot of them.

Duke beats Syracuse for NCAA men’s lacrosse title
The final faceoff in Duke’s 16-10 victory over Syracuse in the NCAA men’s lacrosse title game before 28,244 at Lincoln Financial Field on Monday was notable for two reasons. One, Duke lost the faceoff. And two, it was the only one in the second half not taken by Duke junior Brendan Fowler.

Duke Rushes Past Syracuse for Lacrosse Title
Off to the side of the pandemonium, Casey Carroll quietly watched his Duke teammates mob one another on the sun-drenched field, soaking in the first national championship he managed to witness in person.

Duke's Philly guys answer the call at NCAA lacrosse title game
They made a deal among themselves. The sacrifice would be great. No tweeting. No texting. No cell phones. No sneaking out to see girlfriends. No family dinners. The local players on the Duke lacrosse team were going to treat this Memorial Day weekend like monks in a monastery.

Brendan Fowler is Most Outstanding Player after being on top of his 'off' game
What was he thinking?

Duke's Fowler helps Blue Devils rally past Syracuse for title
Faceoff specialist Brendan Fowler was perhaps the only constant in a forgettable first month of Duke’s lacrosse season.

Seven-minute stretch for Duke ends Syracuse lacrosse team's national title hopes
Seven times the ball was place at midfield. Seven times Duke picked it up. Seven times, in seven minutes, the Blue Devils proceeded to score.

NCAA Lacrosse Notebook: Faceoff specialist makes difference for Duke
Duke men's lacrosse coach John Danowski takes no credit when it comes to recruiting faceoff specialist and Championship Most Outstanding player Brendan Fowler.

Faceoff struggles finally doom Syracuse men's lacrosse in national championship game loss to Duke
The Syracuse men's lacrosse team's biggest weakness brought the Orange's season to a disappointing end.

ORANGE CRUSHED: Duke lacrosse defeats Syracuse for program's second national championship
If it felt like No. 1 seed Syracuse barely had the ball after it nurtured a 5-0 lead against seventh-seeded Duke, it’s because the Orange barely did.

One to rule them all
Mirror, mirror on the wall, what is the best conference of them all?

Today's beats: This is what I was looking for yesterday, but only found it today. Here's The Bad Plus doing Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring."

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