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Lacrosse the Internet: May 26, 2013

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With NCAA Lacrosse Championships In Philadelphia, Local Families Take Chance To Learn About Sport
Spectators and lacrosse teams from around the country are in Philadelphia for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships and for families in the area it’s their chance to get out and learn about the sport that’s gaining popularity throughout the region.

Syracuse men's lacrosse forces Denver into uncharacteristic mistakes in 9-8 semifinal win
The Denver men's lacrosse team entered the Final Four as one of the most efficient offenses in the country.

Desko: Syracuse lacrosse 'moving on' from comment made by Syracuse assistant Lelan Rogers
Syracuse head coach John Desko said the Orange is "moving on" from Saturday's New York Times report that junior Drew Jenkins considered boycotting a game earlier this year after a racial incident.

Syracuse Lacrosse Rallies Past Denver, 9-8, To Advance To Championship Game
The Syracuse Orange used a 5-1 run in the fourth quarter Saturday to defeat the Denver Pioneers, 9-8, in come-from-behind fashion in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in Philadelphia. Derek Maltz scored the game-winner off a rebound from a shot by Luke Cometti with 20 seconds remaining to help the top-seeded Orange (16-3) advance to the National Champions Game where No. 7-seeded Duke awaits. SU will be vying for its 12th National Championship in program history.

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Instant Juice: Syracuse 9, Denver 8
A quick take on Syracuse’s thrilling come-from-behind 9-8 win over Denver in the national semifinals of the NCAA tournament on a sunny, but blustery and cool May day, in front of lighter-than-hoped-for turnout of 28,444 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Smithtown's Rob Pannell sets career scoring record, but Duke beats Cornell in NCAA lacrosse semifinal
On the day of his final game for Cornell, when Rob Pannell cemented a record-breaking legacy, the former Smithtown West lacrosse star cried. "I'd give up everything I achieved to play on Monday," Pannell said, sobs punctuating every word.

Syracuse Engineers a Comeback Win - Duke Holds One Off
Duke was 15 minutes from a cakewalk to the national title game, sailing through its semifinal against Cornell with Saturday’s blustery wind at its back, looking undaunted and largely unobstructed, all of its diversified offensive machinations firing in full.

Syracuse reaches final after rallying to win another one-goal game
Plenty of time left.

Rob Pannell leaves Cornell with NCAA points record but without championship
As Rob Pannell's teammates gathered around their goalie on one half of the field, the Cornell star, one of the best players the sport has seen, sank between his knees on the far side of the field, all by himself.

NCAA Semifinals: Why Duke, Syracuse Won
The Cornell-Duke game opened with a bit of a defensive slugfest in the first quarter, both teams settled into their offense in the second, Duke exploded in the third and Cornell battled back in the fourth.

Rob Pannell Goes Down Fighting, Goes Down in History
Rob Pannell fought it. But for as much as he wrestled, his blood-shot eyes, and quivering lower lip, the constant touching of his red Cornell jersey he so dearly wanted to wear forever, betrayed him.

Unselfish and Determined, Syracuse Looks to Meet Expectations
Denver head coach Bill Tierney said after the Pioneers' 9-8 loss to Syracuse — coming on the heels of wild rally — that it can be helpful for a program to not have a history of success, which can put pressure on a student-athlete.

Pioneers' Trail Ends in the Final Four
When asked what separated Syracuse and Denver at the conclusion of Saturday's semifinal game that saw the Orange advance to a title bout with Duke by virtue of a 9-8 victory against the Pioneers, coach Bill Tierney had an obvious, succint, and unfortunately familiar answer.

Duke Uses Big Run, Then Holds Off Cornell For 16-14 Win
For the second time in four years, the Duke Blue Devils are bound for NCAA men's lacrosse title game.

Communication No Easy Task at 'The Linc'
As they stood at midfield prior to the game, each making sure that they were on their respective sides of the midfield stripe, Syracuse coach John Desko and Denver coach Bill Tierney were talking amiably. They looked very much like neighbors standing on each side of a picket fence chatting about local gossip or the weather.

Duke Stops the Big Red Machine to Make Title Tilt
If their season was going to end on Saturday, the Duke Blue Devils were determined to prevent Cornell's lethal scoring combination of Rob Pannell and Steve Mock from being the reason it happened.

Orange Squeezes Out Another One-Goal Win
John Desko's coached on Memorial Day several times in his career. He's also found himself in more than enough one-goal games this year at Syracuse.

Pannell's Record-Breaking Career Comes to End
Rob Pannell said that he had cried at the end of each of his previous four seasons at Cornell, but always knew there would be a next year. So imagine how he felt when Saturday's heart-breaking 16-14 loss to Duke was complete.

Photos: Last Minute Goal Lifts Top-Seeded Syracuse by Denver
Denver led for 59 minutes, but top seed Syracuse staged a 5-1 fourth quarter rally. The Orange tied the game with just under a minute remaining on Luke Cometti's third goal and then scored the winner on a rebound put-back by Derek Maltz at 0:19 to defeat the Pioneers in the second semifinal on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Photos: NCAA Semifinals - #4 Duke Hangs on to Edge Cornell
The Duke offense was a runaway freight train in the second and third quarters. The Blue Devils went on a 12-1 run, including nine goals in a row to build a comfortable 14-6 lead. But the Big Red Express came to life, scoring the final goal of Q3 and seven of the first eight in the fourth quarter to close the gap to 15-14 with just under a minute remaining. Duke hung on, scored the game's final goal, and ran out the clock for 16-14 semifinal victory

Final Four Video Expolsion
Yesterday’s games were insanely good.

Chasing lacrosse title on Memorial Day special for Duke Army veteran Casey Carroll
It had been six years since Casey Carroll had been a part of an NCAA lacrosse championship weekend.

'I would give up everything'
Five incredible years flashed before Rob Pannell’s eyes moments after the final whistle blew of his last collegiate lacrosse game Saturday.

Yes, Syracuse's penchant for one-goal games (and wins) would be a record for an NCAA lacrosse champion
Syracuse coach John Desko didn't waste much time Saturday night arriving at an obvious point that has followed his top-seeded Orange throughout this season.

Series history: Sizing up the NCAA final
Monday will mark the fifth meeting in five seasons between the soon-to-be ACC foes. It will also be the sixth time in the series' 10-game history the teams have played on a neutral field.

DU Pioneers fall to Syracuse in NCAA lacrosse men's semifinal
A strong finish from Syracuse on Saturday denied the University of Denver men's lacrosse team its first trip to the Memorial Day national championship game.

Turri comes up big as Duke holds off Cornell in NCAA lacrosse semifinals
Duke probably didn’t anticipate a career day for freshman goalie Kyle Turri in Saturday’s NCAA tournament semifinals

Syracuse, Duke advance to lacrosse final at the Linc
Derek Maltz scored with 19.2 seconds left to give Syracuse a 9-8 come-from-behind win over Denver in the NCAA lacrosse semifinals at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday.

Duke holds off Cornell to reach NCAA lacrosse final
Duke built an eight-goal lead in the third quarter, then held on for dear life for a 16-14 win against Cornell in the first NCAA semifinal Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Denver lacrosse comes full circle against Syracuse
Bill Tierney arrived at University of Denver four years ago after a coaching stint at Princeton that produced six national championships in men's lacrosse.

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