Duke Tops Cornell 16-14 to Advance to Lacrosse Championship

Duke University defeated Cornell University 16-14 to advance to the national men’s college lacrosse championship.

Duke will play top-seeded Syracuse or No. 4 Denver in the National Collegiate Athletic Association title game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Duke had a 7-6 halftime advantage before scoring seven goals while holding the Big Red to one in the third quarter. Cornell answered with seven goals to Duke’s two in the fourth period.

“Cornell was a great team. With 16 seniors you knew they weren’t going to give up,” said Duke coach John Danowski in a televised interview.

Jordan Wolf had four goals and Jake Tripucka scored three goals for the seventh-seeded Blue Devils.

Cornell attackman Rob Pannell had five goals and two assists to set an NCAA record with 354 career points. He surpassed Duke’s Matt Danowski, who had 353 points and watched the game from the sidelines as a first-year assistant coach for the Blue Devils.

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