Lacrosse the Internet: May 30, 2013

It's Tewaaraton Day.

This is obviously your favorite site, but other people actually write important stuff sometimes. Now is that sometimes.

IL's Top Final Four Moments
The IL crew was on hand all weekend for the games and festivities in Philadelphia.

Swezey: Offit, Conners are Duke's Unsung Heroes
Duke junior Brendan Fowler must have been a near-unanimous choice as most outstanding player this past weekend, and rightfully so. But there were two other unsung heroes as the Blue Devils won their second NCAA title.

Washburn: Five Big Things We Learned This Season
The 2013 season is in the books and the Duke Blue Devils have been crowned champions.

Way Too Early Rankings for 2014: MD1 Nos. 16-20
It's never too early, right? Patrick Stevens begins his look ahead to the 2014 season with a Way Too Early Division I men's Top 20, starting with Nos. 20-16. Check back to on Thursday for Nos. 15-10.

Scoring in 2013: Up for Men (Rule Changes?), Down for Women

2013 Championship Weekend (and season) Anything but Ordinary
If there’s one word to describe the 2013 NCAA men’s lacrosse season, it’s unpredictability. That was certainly on display this weekend at Lincoln Financial Field. Coming into the weekend, a strong argument could be made that Cornell and Denver were the favorites to advance to Monday’s Championship Game, but in the end, it was Duke and Syracuse that prevailed. Then instead of the #1 seed Orange claiming the National Title, it was #7 Duke, the same Blue Devils’ team which started the season 2-4, erased a 5-0 deficit for a convincing 16-10 victory.

Low Final Four Lacrosse Attendance: ONE REASON
A big topic of discussion this Spring has been the relatively low attendance at the NCAA Quarterfinals, and Final Four weekend. The usual outlets are offering the usual banal reasons, but doing little to actually think about what is going wrong here. Not a huge shock, even if I still expect more from them.

Syracuse men's lacrosse head coach John Desko reflects on a season full of last-minute adjustments and more coaching than normal
As John Desko sat in his office discussing the 2013 season Wednesday morning, the sting of Monday's loss in the national championship game had clearly not yet worn off.

Six Patriot League Tournaments to Expand in 2013-14
The men and women's soccer and lacrosse tournaments will now feature a pair of quarterfinal games played at the site of the higher-seeded team, with the sixth-seed visiting the third-seed and the fifth-seed at the fourth-seed. Those winners will then join the top two seeds in the weekend semifinal and championship rounds, played at the site of the highest overall seed in the tournament. The brackets will re-seed after the quarterfinal round.

Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year Watch, May 30
The Tewaaraton Award Ceremony Thursday night at the Museum of the American Indian is one of the great nights in lacrosse, melding the game's roots and its premier players in a nice affair. It's an awesome honor for the five men's college players invited (as it obviously also is for the five women's college players and couple dozen high school players invited, as well), and it's especially important for all in attendance to come face to face with the sport's Native tradition at least once a year as the Tewaaraton Foundation strives to honor its namesake.

Today's beats: Here's the new Daft Punk album. I don't know what to think about it.

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