L-ACC-rosse: Duke Blue Devils 2013 Champions!
After quickly trailing 5-0 and being held scoreless in the first quarter, the #7 Duke Blue Devils gave the ACC another championship in lacrosse by thoroughly dismantling the #1 seeded Syracuse Orange in a 16-10 romp on Memorial Day. It’s the Second Championship in Duke’s history and could be the first of many for years to come.
The game’s Most Outstanding Player was the ACC Defensive Player of the year, Brendon Fowler, who despite some early violations, dominated the face-offs all afternoon (20 face-off wins), and gave Duke a huge offensive advantage.
Syracuse came out of the gates red hot, and had a 6-1 scoring advantage with Goals by Billy Ward, Kevin Rice (2), Dylan Donahue (2), & Luke Cometti.
But with 11:05 left in the 2nd Quarter, the Duke Blue Devils would go on a tear, scoring four goals to close the half only down by 1 (6-5).
Duke would begin to fully assert themselves through the 2nd half, winning faceoff-after-faceoff and making short work of a Syracuse defense that seemed out of sync and without any answers. Just over 2 minutes into the 3rd quarter, Duke would tie the game at 6-all.
Syracuse’s Dylan Donahue would complete the hattrick with 4:28 remaining in the 3rd quarter to regain a 1 goal lead, but the Blue Devils quickly responded hammering back-to-back-to-back-to-back goals from David Lawson, Josh Offit (2), and Josh Dionne to take a commanding 10-7 lead to close out the 3rd quarter and continue through the 4th.
Duke scored the first 3 goals of the final period in seeming rapid succession by Josh Dionne, Christian Walsh, and Jake Tripucka to go up 13-7.
In an attempt to prove that no lead is safe, Syracuse’s JoJo Marasco tried to put the Orange on his back for another signature 4th quarter rally, and quickly scored 2 goals, bring the Orange within 4 (13-9). But Danowski’s club responded in kind, getting three more goals from Jordan Wolf (2) and Josh Offit.
The final goal came from Syracuse Joe Fazio with :52 remaining, but Duke’s lead was safe.
Final Score: Duke Blue Devils 16, Syracuse 10.
This was a great victory for a Duke team that started out the season 2-3 with losses against Denver, Notre Dame, and Maryland and would fall out of the top-25.
However, this Blue Devils team regrouped and closed out the regular season strong, winning 10 of 11 games, and most importantly winning 4-straight in the playoffs.