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Quint Kessenich: Previewing the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse final four
Lacrosse players don't dream of the beach on Memorial Day weekend.
The only crowds they wish to see are those thronging to watch them duel for a national championship under the spring sun.
This weekend, those dreams and crowds will be filling Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia as four teams chase history.
Denver reminds us that lacrosse is now a national phenomenon.
The Pioneers' opponent in the men's national semifinals Saturday -- Syracuse -- is a dynasty that won't die.
Cornell brings back echoes of the 1970s, when the program won its last title.
The Big Red will be facing Duke, making its seventh straight trip to the national semifinals.
All four have the talent and coaching to win the gold Monday, but Saturday night two will head home. There is no "best" team, just who's best when it matters most.
Let's take an in-depth look at each squad.
Quint Kessenich covers college sports for the ESPN networks and writes a weekly column for The Baltimore Sun during lacrosse season.
May 23, 2013