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2011 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament Final Four Open Thread: Maryland at (5) Duke

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Ding! Ding! Ding!

Round two, you guys!

It's Duke and Maryland, going at it for the third time this season.  In the first meeting this year, Duke escaped with a 9-8 overtime victory at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.  Jordan Wolf led the way for the Devils that day, putting together a three-point effort including notching the unassisted game winner.

In the rivalry's second 2011 iteration -- the finals of the ACC "Tournament" -- Duke had no answer for Maryland's Grant Catalino and Ryan Young.  In the end, the Terrapins walked away from Durham with an 11-9 victory, the team's first post-season title since 2005.

Now, after two meetings down in the Research Triangle, Duke and Maryland will finally play in the Terrapins' backyard in Baltimore.  Duke is hot on the heels of tracking down its second title in as many years; Maryland is in the Final Four for the first time since 2006 and it's been 35 years since the 'Terps hoisted NCAA hardware.

It's going to be a contrast of styles out there on the field of M&T Bank Stadium.  Blow the damn whistle and let's get after it.

Justin is live from Baltimore and Brian be around to provide updates.  Your comments are valuable as well, so leave all of those beautiful bon mots in the handy dandy commenting device.


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