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|
|2012||Not in it||Loyola||Maryland|
|2011||Not in it||Virginia||Maryland|
|2010||Not in it||DUKE||Notre Dame|
|2007||Not in it||Johns Hopkins||DUKE|
|2006||Not in it||Virginia||Massachusetts|
|2005||Not in it||Johns Hopkins||DUKE|
|2003||Not in it||Virginia||Johns Hopkins|
|1998||Not in it||Princeton||Maryland|
|1997||Not in it||Princeton||Maryland|
|1996||Not in it||Princeton||Virginia|
|1994||Not in it||Princeton||Virginia|
|1991||Not in it||North Carolina||Towson|
|1987||Not in it||Johns Hopkins||Cornell|
|1986||Not in it||North Carolina||Virginia|
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.