Duke Lax Wins, Tries to Deny Syracuse 11th title Monday

Duke Lax Wins, Tries to Deny Syracuse 11th title Monday

Syracuse has been in most of the lacrosse championships during the last 31 years, and Saturday Duke earned the right to try to deny the Orange an 11th title since 1983. Duke held off Cornell 16-14 on the strength of a goal by David Lawson 6:35 left in the fourth quarter. As shown in the table below, Syracuse has been in 16 of the last 30 title games, winning 11 though one title was later vacated.

Year Syracuse in Finals Champion Runner-up
2013 vs. Duke TBD TBD
2012 Not in it Loyola Maryland
2011 Not in it Virginia Maryland
2010 Not in it DUKE Notre Dame
2009 Won SYRACUSE Cornell
2008 Won SYRACUSE Johns Hopkins
2007 Not in it Johns Hopkins DUKE
2006 Not in it Virginia Massachusetts
2005 Not in it Johns Hopkins DUKE
2004 Won SYRACUSE Navy
2003 Not in it Virginia Johns Hopkins
2002 Won SYRACUSE Princeton
2001 Lost Princeton SYRACUSE
2000 Won SYRACUSE Princeton
1999 Lost Virginia SYRACUSE
1998 Not in it Princeton Maryland
1997 Not in it Princeton Maryland
1996 Not in it Princeton Virginia
1995 Won SYRACUSE Maryland
1994 Not in it Princeton Virginia
1993 Won SYRACUSE North Carolina
1992 Lost Princeton SYRACUSE
1991 Not in it North Carolina Towson
1990 Won (vacated) SYRACUSE Loyola
1989 Won SYRACUSE Johns Hopkins
1988 Won SYRACUSE Cornell
1987 Not in it Johns Hopkins Cornell
1986 Not in it North Carolina Virginia
1985 Lost Johns Hopkins SYRACUSE
1984 Lost Johns Hopkins SYRACUSE
1983 Won SYRACUSE Johns Hopkins

It will be Duke’s third championship game since controversy seemed to threaten the program in 2006, long before any of the current players were on the field.

“We were forcing the issue early on, but once we calmed down and started hitting shots, we took over,” Duke’s Jordan Wolf told the AP after scoring four goals. “We kept moving the ball and kept up what we were doing all year. This is the farthest I’ve been in the tournament, and we’re all trying to enjoy this the best we can right now.”

Duke contained Rob Pannell, who broke the all-time scoring record with five more goals to help Cornell rally to tie the score at 14-14. However, Lawson responded with the game-winner, and Wolf scored his fourth of the day with 39 seconds left to seal the game at 16-14.

For the complete AP account of the game, click here.


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