Duke Makes it Seven Straight
Duke scored the game’s final three goals to rally from an 11-9 deficit to a 12-11 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA quarterfinals. The win was the 14th of the year for the Blue Devils and second one-goal victory in this year’s NCAA postseason. Duke advances to its seventh straight NCAA Championship Weekend and ninth overall appearance in the final weekend. David Lawson headlined Duke’s comeback with a career-high five goals, including the game winner, while Jordan Wolf dished out four assists. The game was nip and tuck throughout the 60 minutes, featuring nine ties and five lead changes and neither team leading by more than two goals.
Duke a Familiar Face
Duke is making its seventh straight appearance in the NCAA semifinals and ninth overall. The Blue Devils have qualified every year under head coach John Danowski and also did so in 1997 and 2005. Duke joins Syracuse as the only programs since 1990 to advance to seven straight final weekends - the Orange earned spots in 15 straight from 1990-2004.
Lawson has a Career Day
Senior captain David Lawson had quite the day against the Fighting Irish with a career-high five goals, including the game winner. Lawson became just the fourth different Blue Devil to have at least five goals in a NCAA Tournament game with his five only being surpassed by Zack Greer, who had six and seven during his career. With 17 points during his career in the NCAA Tournament, Lawson ranks tied for 12th in Duke history.
Danowski Makes History
Duke head coach John Danowski made history Sunday afternoon when he became the first coach in Division I lacrosse history to take his team to the NCAA Championship weekend in each of his first seven seasons. John Desko of Syracuse advanced to six consecutive from 1999-2004 before his streak was snapped in 2005. Danowski’s 21 NCAA Tournament victories are tied for fifth all-time in NCAA history. He is 21-13 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 17-5 at Duke in the postseason.
Dionne Joins the Century Club
With three goals against Notre Dame, junior attackman Josh Dionne became the latest Blue Devil to join the century club with 101 career points. Dionne owns 86 career goals and 15 assists in his three seasons with the Blue Devils, including a career-best 40 goals and 45 points overall in 2013. He joins classmates Jordan Wolf and Christian Walsh on the 41-man list. Senior David Lawson is just one point shy of reaching the 100-point benchmark after his five-goal outing against the Irish.
Turri with the Biggest Stop of the Day
Sophomore goaltender Kyle Turri made perhaps the biggest save of his career in the fourth quarter when he stopped Sean Rogers’ shot and sparked the fastbreak that tied the game at 11-11 for the Blue Devils. That save turned the game from being 12-10 to 11-11 with 3:18 to play in the fourth quarter.
Wolf Finding Different Ways to Provide Offense
Junior Jordan Wolf couldn’t find the back of the cage for the Blue Devils against Notre Dame, but he provided plenty of offense with a career-high four assists. He dished out the game-winning assist as well as the helper that made it 9-9 with one second left in the third quarter. For his career, Wolf has 20 points (9g, 11a) in NCAA Tournament action to rank ninth in Duke history. His 11 assists are fifth in the Duke records book.
Duke in One Goal Games
Duke posted its second straight 12-11 victory Sunday, making the Blue Devils 73-62 all-time in one-goal decisions and 6-7 in NCAA Tournament history. Under head coach John Danowski, Duke has fared well in the close games with a 15-6 mark overall and 4-1 this season.
Duke and Cornell Meet Again
Saturday’s semifinal between Duke and Cornell will be a rematch of the thrilling 2007 semifinal between the Blue Devils and Big Red. Duke edged the Ivy League power in 2007 with a Zack Greer goal with just three seconds left in the game. Cornell erased a seven-goal deficit to tie the game 11-11 with 17 seconds remaining before Duke won the ensuing faceoff and Greer fired home the winning tally. The victory over the Big Red pushed Duke into the championship game for the second time in three seasons. Duke and Cornell also met in the 2005 quarterfinals, with Duke edging the Big Red 11-8 in Princeton, N.J.
Cornell’s Pannell Trying to Pass Matt Danowski
The Blue Devils’ defense will have a tall task on its hands Saturday when it battles the red-hot Cornell offense. The Big Red are averaging 16 goals per game in the NCAA Tournament and allowing only seven per outing. Rob Pannell most recently had eight points in the win over Ohio State to move to second on the NCAA’s career scoring list behind former Blue Devil and current assistant coach Matt Danowski. Pannell needs just six points to tie Danowski’s record of 353 career points and is averaging 5.59 for the year and 7.5 in the two tournament games.
Patrick Hutton @PatrickHutton
@Duke_MLAX Dionne's goal at the end of the 3rd #ridiculous #taintedSCTop10
Marcus Stroman @MStrooo7
Shout out to my boys @Duke_MLAX as they advance to the FINAL FOUR! DUKE is better than your school. Lol #BlueDevilPride
Chris Collins @coach_collins
Congrats to Coach D and @Duke_MLAX on heading to another Final 4!!
Anthony Boone @aceboone7
Shoutout to my boys of @Duke_MLAX final four!!! Keep ballin! #dukegang
Eddie Douglas @eddiedouglas
Great effort and phenomenal performance by @Duke_MLAX. So excited for these guys! @John_Danowski @CaputoRon @mattdanowski coach 'em up!
Sean Aaron @SeanAaron1
Looks like we are headed to Philly! Way to go @Duke_MLAX #Duke #championshipweekend