No. 1 Syracuse Faces Duke in NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship

Top-seeded Syracuse University will face No. 7 Duke University in tomorrow’s national men’s college lacrosse championship.

Syracuse beat fourth-seeded Denver 9-8 yesterday in the semifinals and Duke topped Cornell 16-14 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Derek Maltz scored a goal with 20 seconds left in the game to break an 8-8 tie and give the Orange a place in the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship game for the first time since 2009.

Luke Cometti led Syracuse with three goals and Maltz and JoJo Marasco each had two goals.

“The defense played amazing down the stretch,” Marasco said in a televised interview. “The offense did the work we had to do.”

Denver had a 5-2 lead at the half before Syracuse rallied with five goals in the final quarter.

In the first semifinal, 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,” Duke coach John Danowski said 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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