2014 NCAA Lacrosse Final Four coverage

2014 NCAA Lacrosse Final Four coverage

 

 

Duke holds on to beat Notre Dame, 11-9, for men's lacrosse national title

5:32 PM EDT, May 26, 2014

Duke holds on to beat Notre Dame, 11-9, for men's lacrosse national title

Asked if the Duke men’s lacrosse team’s recent run to three national championships in five years could be considered a dynasty, coach John Danowski preferred a different D-word.

Duke's Henry Lobb passes test, slows Notre Dame's Matt Kavanagh in title game

9:21 PM EDT, May 26, 2014

Duke's Henry Lobb passes test, slows Notre Dame's Matt Kavanagh in title game

Henry Lobb stood up against the wall in the tunnel at M&T Bank Stadium, fumbling through words while trying to catch his breath.

For Duke's Deemer Class and Christian Walsh, homecoming trip ends with a national title

9:25 PM EDT, May 26, 2014

For Duke's Deemer Class and Christian Walsh, homecoming trip ends with a national title

Duke sophomore midfielder Deemer Class and senior midfielder Christian Walsh grew up playing with fiddle sticks in the parking lots of M&T Bank Stadium prior to attending Championship Weekend as spectators.

Postscript from Notre Dame vs. Duke in the national title game

8:00 AM EDT, May 27, 2014

Postscript from Notre Dame vs. Duke in the national title game

Known for some of the most prolific offenses in NCAA history, Duke is no slouch on defense either. For the seventh time in the past eight years, the defense ended a season by giving up an average of less than 10 goals.

Notre Dame seeks revenge vs. Duke in NCAA men's lacrosse final

6:03 PM EDT, May 25, 2014

Notre Dame seeks revenge vs. Duke in NCAA men's lacrosse final

In its run to the NCAA tournament final this season, the Notre Dame men's lacrosse team has beaten every Atlantic Coast Conference team except one.

Quint Kessenich: Breaking down the NCAA men's lacrosse final

6:08 PM EDT, May 25, 2014

Quint Kessenich: Breaking down the NCAA men's lacrosse final

Notre Dame is a battle-tested team, and most importantly, the Fighting Irish has averaged 12 goals per game in its recent six-game winning streak.

Notes from Notre Dame's news conference ahead of men's lacrosse title game

2:15 PM EDT, May 25, 2014

Notes from Notre Dame's news conference ahead of men's lacrosse title game

Here are a few tidbits from sixth-seeded Notre Dame's news conference at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday morning.

Notes from Duke's news conference ahead of Monday's men's lacrosse title game

2:18 PM EDT, May 25, 2014

Notes from Duke's news conference ahead of Monday's men's lacrosse title game

Here are a few tidbits from top-seeded and reigning national champion Duke’s news conference at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday morning.

Salisbury falls to Tufts, 12-9, in Division III men's lacrosse championship

6:28 PM EDT, May 25, 2014

Salisbury falls to Tufts, 12-9, in Division III men's lacrosse championship

In college lacrosse, there is no substitute for offense.

Postscript from Maryland vs. Notre Dame men's lacrosse

9:00 AM EDT, May 25, 2014

Postscript from Maryland vs. Notre Dame men's lacrosse

By virtue of having a higher seed, sixth-seeded Notre Dame was considered the home team in Saturday’s NCAA tournament semifinal against seventh-seeded Maryland and wore its white jerseys at M&T Bank Stadium. But with the Terps playing about 45 minutes away from their campus in College Park, the stadium had a decided “Fear the Turtle” vibe to it, and the feeling was not lost on Fighting Irish coach Kevin Corrigan.

Postscript from Denver vs. Duke men's lacrosse

10:00 AM EDT, May 25, 2014

Postscript from Denver vs. Duke men's lacrosse

Fifth-seeded Denver had faithfully stuck to a goalie rotation, but it was a change in the cage that helped top-seeded and reigning national champion Duke emerge with a 15-12 win in an NCAA tournament semifinal at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Saturday.

 Notebook: Notre Dame's Kavanagh comes up big vs. Terps

8:43 PM EDT, May 24, 2014

Notebook: Notre Dame's Kavanagh comes up big vs. Terps

At 5 feet 8, 170 pounds, Notre Dame's Matt Kavanagh was one of the smallest players on the field Saturday in his team's semifinal matchup with No. 7 seed Maryland, which has the nation's top-ranked scoring defense.

Notre Dame lacrosse dominates second half in 11-6 win over Terps

7:59 PM EDT, May 24, 2014

Notre Dame lacrosse dominates second half in 11-6 win over Terps

In coach John Tillman's four-year tenure, the Maryland men's lacrosse team had twice reached the national semifinals, and each time it moved on to the title game.

Duke returns to lacrosse title game with 15-12 win over Denver

6:52 PM EDT, May 24, 2014

Duke returns to lacrosse title game with 15-12 win over Denver

"A couple more nights in the greatest city in the world."

Maryland vs. Notre Dame men's lacrosse: Three things to watch

8:00 AM EDT, May 24, 2014

Maryland vs. Notre Dame men's lacrosse: Three things to watch

Maryland owns a 5-2 advantage in this series, but Notre Dame boasts the most recent win in a 6-5 decision on April 25 en route to capturing the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament crown. The Terps are making their third appearance in the NCAA tournament semifinals in the last four years, while the Fighting Irish are in the Final Four for the third time in five seasons.

Denver vs. Duke men's lacrosse: Three things to watch

9:00 AM EDT, May 24, 2014

Denver vs. Duke men's lacrosse: Three things to watch

Reigning national champion Duke owns a slight 4-3 edge in its series with Denver, but this is the first time the teams will meet in the NCAA tournament. The Pioneers are making their third Final Four appearance in four years, while the Blue Devils earned a spot in the national semifinals for the eighth consecutive season and 10th time in program history.

Former Army Ranger Carroll again leads Duke lacrosse defense

7:26 PM EDT, May 23, 2014

Former Army Ranger Carroll again leads Duke lacrosse defense

Come Monday, Duke's Casey Carroll hopes to play the game he loves while saluting the sacrifices he and others have made for their country. When better than Memorial Day for a former Army Ranger to end his college lacrosse career in the NCAA championship game?

NCAA hoping for larger crowds as men's lacrosse Final Four returns to Baltimore

6:58 PM EDT, May 22, 2014

NCAA hoping for larger crowds as men's lacrosse Final Four returns to Baltimore

On Memorial Day 2007, the possibilities for lacrosse seemed limitless.

Denver's Tierney has the wisdom to shut down Duke

1:58 PM EDT, May 23, 2014

Mike Preston: Denver's Tierney has the wisdom to shut down Duke

Denver coach Bill Tierney doesn't think he is a genius, but he has one of the greatest defensive minds in the history of college lacrosse.

Terps, Notre Dame lacrosse set for Round 3

3:50 PM EDT, May 23, 2014

Terps, Notre Dame lacrosse set for Round 3

The Maryland and Notre Dame men's lacrosse teams entered the season having met five times in their histories.

Legacy is on the line for Terps goalie Niko Amato

7:28 PM EDT, May 22, 2014

Legacy is on the line for Terps goalie Niko Amato

There's a long list of goalies who have played for the Maryland men's lacrosse team without winning the sport's ultimate prize.

5:33 PM EDT, May 22, 2014

Notre Dame lacrosse transforms itself into offensive force

Welcome to "Extreme Makeover: Dome Edition."

 Duke's Class aims to be a hometown hero

5:37 PM EDT, May 22, 2014

Duke's Class aims to be a hometown hero

Deemer Class was at M&T Bank Stadium in 2010 when Duke beat Notre Dame, 6-5, in overtime to capture the first men's lacrosse national title in school history.

Denver's strategy in goal has opponents seeing double

5:35 PM EDT, May 22, 2014

Denver's strategy in goal has opponents seeing double

Denver goalkeepers Ryan LaPlante and Jamie Faus are polar opposites.

Mike Preston: Time to talk dynasty if Duke wins NCAA lacrosse title

10:02 AM EDT, May 23, 2014

Mike Preston: Time to talk dynasty if Duke wins NCAA lacrosse title

If as Duke wins another national championship in men's lacrosse Monday at M&T Bank Stadium, then we can start talking about a dynasty.

Previewing the men's lacrosse semifinal matchups

2:49 PM EDT, May 22, 2014

Previewing the men's lacrosse semifinal matchups

Saturday's Division I semifinals

 Previewing the women's lacrosse national semifinals

2:45 PM EDT, May 22, 2014

Previewing the women's lacrosse national semifinals

Division I semifinals

2:05 PM EDT, May 22, 2014

Notre Dame men's lacrosse reflects on journey from flirting with elimination to reaching Final Four

Prior to a date with Maryland in a semifinal of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament on April 25, Notre Dame was on the cusp of being eliminated from postseason consideration.

 Douty answers the call for Terps defense

4:42 PM EDT, May 22, 2014

Douty answers the call for Terps defense

At first, Megan Douty ignored the call from the strange number lighting up her cellphone during class in College Park a few weeks ago. When the number showed up again, she had left class, so she answered.

Draw controls a big factor in Terps-Northwestern semifinal

3:50 PM EDT, May 22, 2014

Draw controls a big factor in Terps-Northwestern semifinal

Maryland's national women's lacrosse semifinal with Northwestern on Friday pits two of the top draw control experts. Terps sophomore Taylor Cummings will square off against the Division I career leader, Alyssa Leonard, who has 424 draw controls over her four years. Cummings has 210 for her career.

No stadium parking available for Friday's 5 p.m. NCAA women's lacrosse semifinal

4:03 PM EDT, May 22, 2014

No stadium parking available for Friday's 5 p.m. NCAA women's lacrosse semifinal

Arrive early and bring your walking shoes if you plan to attend the NCAA women's lacrosse semifinal between Syracuse and Virginia on Friday at 5 p.m. at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Duke men's lacrosse has no reservations about changing goalies if needed vs. Denver

10:00 AM EDT, May 22, 2014

Duke men's lacrosse has no reservations about changing goalies if needed vs. Denver

Fifth-seeded Denver has made no secret about its season-long philosophy of rotating goalkeepers Ryan LaPlante and Jamie Faus. Top-seeded and reigning national champion Duke may adopt a similar approach in Saturday’s NCAA tournament semifinal against the Pioneers at M&T Bank Stadium.

Physical, mental challenges await teams heading into NCAA men's lacrosse championship weekend

9:00 AM EDT, May 21, 2014

Physical, mental challenges await teams heading into NCAA men's lacrosse championship weekend

For top-seeded Duke, No. 5 Denver, No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 7 Maryland, Saturday’s semifinal round of the NCAA tournament at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore takes center stage in terms of preparation and focus. But for two of those teams, Monday’s title game is nearly as imposing.

Expectations high for Salisbury men's lacrosse to win 11th NCAA title

10:00 AM EDT, May 21, 2014

Expectations high for Salisbury men's lacrosse to win 11th NCAA title

Thanks to being the top seed from the South Region and a history that includes 10 national championships, Salisbury is favored to beat Tufts in the NCAA Division III tournament final Sunday at 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium.

Charlie Raffa's problematic knee a concern for Maryland men's lacrosse

12:15 PM EDT, May 20, 2014

Charlie Raffa's problematic knee a concern for Maryland men's lacrosse

Charlie Raffa has gritted his way through a sore right knee that has limited him in practice and slowed him in Maryland games this season. The injury could be an issue for the junior faceoff specialist when the seventh-seeded Terps (13-3) meet sixth-seeded Notre Dame (11-5) in an NCAA tournament semifinal Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Denver men's lacrosse hoping to get another strong effort from Chris Hampton vs. Duke's Brendan Fowler

3:25 PM EDT, May 20, 2014

Denver men's lacrosse hoping to get another strong effort from Chris Hampton vs. Duke's Brendan Fowler

Denver coach Bill Tierney has a tongue-in-cheek answer when asked about the team’s subpar showing on faceoffs with top-seeded Duke and senior extraordinaire Brendan Fowler awaiting on Saturday.

1:38 PM EDT, May 20, 2014

Duke men's lacrosse planning for Dionne to miss Denver game

Coach John Danowski said top-seeded Duke is preparing to meet fifth-seeded Denver in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore without starting attackman Josh Dionne, who injured his right knee in Sunday’s 19-11 victory over Johns Hopkins.

Expect Duke to win a second straight national title this weekend

3:53 PM EDT, May 19, 2014

Mike Preston: Expect Duke to win a second straight national title this weekend

There will be countless predictions and analysis leading up to the Division I men's lacrosse Final Four this weekend, but the only way Duke won't win a second consecutive championship is if another team can match up with the Blue Devils in faceoffs.

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