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.
Despite a nervous fourth quarter, Duke won its second consecutive NCAA men's lacrosse national championship with a 11-9 victory over Notre Dame before an announced 25,587 at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday.
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. But Duke won the national title over the Fighting Irish in 2010, and the defending champions have won 12 of their last 13 games.
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. And the sixth-seeded Fighting Irish (12-5) will get a shot at redemption when it faces top-seeded Duke (16-3) on Monday at 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium.
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. But the sophomore attackman's stats from the game showed just how big he can be.
"A couple more nights in the greatest city in the world." Those were the words shouted by a Duke player in an M&T Bank Stadium tunnel moments after the Blue Devils' 15-12 victory over Denver in Saturday's NCAA men's lacrosse Final Four matchup.
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?
Johns Hopkins and Duke had a week to prepare for Sunday's NCAA quarterfinal matchup at Delaware Stadium. But for Duke midfielder Myles Jones and Hopkins defensemen Michael Pellegrino, whether they knew it or not, their preparation began seven years ago as freshman high schoolers playing on Long Island.
After falling behind by six goals midway in the first period, Johns Hopkins tried to rally several times but couldn't withstand the constant offensive pressure as top seeded Duke routed the unseeded Blue Jays, 19-11, at Delaware Stadium.
Even though Maryland went into halftime of Saturday's NCAA Division I women's lacrosse tournament quarterfinal against Duke with a six-goal lead, the No. 1 Terps wanted to make a statement coming out of the break.
From his seat at a Federal Hill restaurant, surrounded by friends, Steele Stanwick had a funny feeling as he watched his younger brother Wells in Johns Hopkins' 14-8 victory at Virginia in the first round of the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament Sunday.
Loyola Maryland punched its ticket to the second round of the NCAA women's lacrosse tournament with a 10-4 win over Massachusetts (18-2) on Friday night, pulling away by scoring six of the game's seven second-half goals.
Unlike a year ago when the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team was left out of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1971, nerves were not an issue when the 18-team field was unveiled Sunday night.
Brooke Griffin tied an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament record with seven goals as top-seeded Maryland defeated fifth-seeded Virginia, 15-9, in a women's lacrosse semifinal at Boston College on Friday.
Sophomore attackman Matt Kavanagh scored a goal with 6.5 seconds left in regulation to propel fourth-seeded Notre Dame to a 6-5 tournament upset of top-seeded Maryland before an announced 4,137 at PPL Park on Friday night.
For the second straight game, Halle Majorana posted four goals as top-seeded Maryland defeated eighth-seeded Virginia Tech, 14-9, in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Thursday at Boston College's Alumni Stadium.
Duke senior long-stick midfielder-defenseman Luke Duprey will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, a Duke official confirmed Saturday. Multiple sources told Inside Lacrosse that Duprey suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear.