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Lacrosse the Internet: May 29, 2013

My birthday is in less than a week. You better have gotten me something nice.

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A Retroactive Guide to the College Lacrosse Final Four
Are you a total lacrosse agnostic who happened to catch Duke making a veritable Cinderella run to the 2013 title this past Memorial Day weekend? Did you enjoy it even though you were just killing time before an NBA playoff game, or at least a point in the afternoon when you felt comfortable enough to start drinking? We can be honest with each other: It probably didn’t make you feel too good about yourself, and not just because it involved Duke winning at anything.

Editorial: Winning weekend for lacrosse
No doubt about it – the Triangle is basketball country, and nothing else really comes close in the intensity of fan interest. And Duke and UNC regularly can be expected to compete for national titles in the sport, with both men’s and women’s teams.

Duke lacrosse returns home with national championship
After defeating Syracuse 16-10 to win their second national championship in program history, the Blue Devils returned home and addressed the media for the first time since returning to Durham Tuesday afternoon.

Syracuse Loses To Duke: Quotant Quotables
It was a tough pill to swallow Monday, especially since things look so good early, as the Syracuse Orange's National Championship run fell just short with a 16-10 loss to the Duke Blue Devils at Lincoln Financial Field.

NCAA Championship: Tactical Breakdown
Face-offs: Obviously the talk of the game is the play of Brendan Fowler, who may have played his way onto the MLL draft board for next year.

NCAA Championship: Why Duke Won
Duke won its second national championship Sunday, beating top-seed Syracuse 16-10 on the strength of a four-goal, two-assist day from attackman Jordan Wolf and a 10-save day from goalie Kyle Turri.

UnCensered: Three Reasons Duke Finished on Top
Man, Duke really did that whole possum routine in 2013. Like really did it. The Blue Devils started the season 2-4 while looking lost on defense, undisciplined between the stripes, and anemic on offense.

Duke Plays its Best Lacrosse When it Matters Most
The Duke men’s lacrosse team has made a habit of getting off to slow starts before finishing with a bang. Whether it’s in a season or a game itself, the Blue Devils play their best lacrosse towards the end – when it matters most – and they’ve shown that it can be a formula for success.

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 NCAA tournament final notebook
With a 5-3 record in title games, Syracuse’s John Desko has experienced the highs and lows as the coach of the sport’s most decorated program. But none of the players who absorbed Monday’s 16-10 loss to seventh-seeded Duke in a NCAA tournament final at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia had never faced that setback, leaving it to Desko to address his team.

Baltimore bid for lacrosse championship
Monday's NCAA men's Division I lacrosse final in Philadelphia was an exciting matchup of one of the sport's most storied teams, Syracuse, against Duke, an underdog that came back from a losing record early in the season (and a 5-0 deficit at the start of the championship game) to win it all. There was only one thing missing: about 13,000 people.

Syracuse lacrosse gets dominated on faceoffs by Duke: Is it time to get rid of the faceoff?
There is no question what sunk the Syracuse men's lacrosse team in their quest to win the 12th national title in school history.

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