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Sector SPDRs May Madness: Revenge Sought in Three First-Round Rematches
Revenge.

Sector SPDRs May Madness: Quint's First-Round Breakdown, Storylines
It's the first stop on the road to Philadelphia and the Final Four on May 23-25, with eight games at home sites on Saturday and Sunday.

Sector SPDRs May Madness: 'Offense Wins Championships'
In back-to-back seasons, Duke proved that while a veteran defense and near-dominant face-off play are instrumental for winning titles, there’s no replacement for talent and depth on offense. Coach John Danowski’s team averaged 15.1 goals in their eight NCAA Tournament games in 2013 and ’14 by implementing a system in which five guys could dodge to score for themselves or feed finisher Josh Dionne. In 2013, they were even deeper with a second midfield of Josh Offit, Myles Jones and Deemer Class.

McEwen FOGO Ratings: Week 13, First Round Matchups
Patrick McEwen analyzed all 12,118 face-offs taken in DI lacrosse in 2014 and applied a chess-based rating system to face-off specialists. He's keeping track of every face-off in 2015.

Chasing 'The Lost Trophy': Trailer, More on Syracuse's 1990 Team
To this day, Syracuse's vacated 1990 NCAA men's lacrosse Division I championship plaque remains missing. "The Lost Trophy" is a story that celebrates that team that continues to inspire today's players with their creativity and innovation under the unique leadership of Roy Simmons Jr., explores Gary and Paul Gait's impact on the game and Syracuse's bitter rivalry with Johns Hopkins, explains why the NCAA took away Syracuse's 1990 title and details the mystery behind the trophy's current whereabouts.

Game Notes for Division I First-Round Games on Saturday
Below are some brief game notes for the Men's Division I first-round games on Saturday in the NCAA tournament. See team web sites for extended notes. All games will be aired on ESPNU/WatchESPN.

McAnaney: Cornell Greats Rank Thompson Among Best Ever
Lyle Thompson is both a magician and a producer. He is the reigning Tewaarton Award winner and the all-time points leader in NCAA Division I lacrosse. He and his Albany team have gone from YouTube sensation to legitimate national title contenders. And his recent conversation with Paul Carcaterra has sparked the discussion about Thompson's legacy and place in the sport.

Weekend (and NCAA Tourney) Preview Podcast
With NCAA tournaments getting into full swing, the Lacrosse Magazine staff takes a look at the Division I men's and women's brackets, dives deep into all the possibilities and makes final four picks.

Lambrecht: Expect High Scoring Affairs for 45th NCAAs
If you have a rooting interest in the 45th edition of the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse tournament that launches on Saturday, get comfortable with the idea that your favorite team could be in big trouble at some point.

Syracuse Locker Room Tour With Kevin Rice
Newly-minted Tewaaraton Award finalist Kevin Rice took LM for a tour of Syracuse's lacrosse facilities.

First Time In Enemy Territory: A Buckeye Lacrosse Experience
If that heckling doesn’t reveal the ruthless animosity between Ohio State and Michigan, I’m not sure what does.

Vine of the Day: Syracuse Ball Movement
Count three passes, two cradles, one goal.

Syracuse lacrosse: Winning the 2015 national title will bring things back to 'normal'
The quest to feel normal again.

Syracuse lacrosse coach John Desko on vacated 1990 title: 'We felt we won the championship in that year'
The 1990 Syracuse lacrosse season will enter the spotlight this weekend when ESPNU airs a documentary titled "The Lost Trophy."

Roy Simmons Jr. calls NCAA 'a cartel' and other highlights from film about 1990 Syracuse team
There is likely no better way for a Syracuse men's lacrosse fan to pre-game for this year's NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament than by watching the documentary "The Lost Trophy" at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning on ESPNU.

Maryland men’s lacrosse hopes to shake second-half doldrums
The Maryland men’s lacrosse team will make its 13th consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament when it hosts Yale in the first round on Saturday afternoon. For most of the roster, the postseason experience is so familiar, the Terrapins did not deviate from their typical schedule of grinding workouts and film study throughout the week.

Eric Natale, Yale lacrosse open NCAA tournament at Maryland
Eric Natale simply won’t let himself get sentimental facing what could be the final game of his career.

Maryland tries to end championship drought in NCAA tournament
During Bryan Cole’s junior year of high school, the Ontario, Canada native traveled across the border to College Park for a recruiting trip with the Terrapins men’s lacrosse team. Cole had been playing organized lacrosse for years and was in the midst of a decorated career at Hill Academy, but he was stunned when he saw the Terps practicing.

Injuries, discipline impact midfield depth for Towson men's lacrosse
After recovering from the midseason loss of starting midfielder Andrew Hodgson, Towson’s depth in the midfield is in a state of upheaval once again.

Duke begins chase for three-peat in NCAA men's lacrosse
Duke followed one national championship in men’s lacrosse by winning another.

Duke men's lacrosse begins NCAA title defense against Ohio State
Although they have not followed the path set by Duke teams in the previous two seasons, the two-time defending national champion Blue Devils are poised to make another postseason run for a third straight title.

Freshman leading Duke into NCAA lacrosse tourney play
Duke lacrosse attackman Justin Guterding says he doesn’t look at numbers, but the freshman is putting up numbers that are hard to ignore.

Duke’s goal of winning 3rd straight NCAA title hinges on goalie Danny Fowler
As temperatures crept to unseasonal highs this week in Durham, there was at least one Duke lacrosse player who didn’t mind: redshirt freshman goalie Danny Fowler.

Mlax: Jones a Teewaaraton Finalist
Jones was the only midfielder selected as a finalist, and one of only two underclassmen.

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