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Duke knows the challenge of repeating

Duke lacrosse coach John Danowski has been down this road before, but not with so many bumps.

When his Blue Devils won the national championship in 2010, the Atlantic Coast Conference was the toughest in the country even though it was just a four-team league with Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

This year, the conference will be tougher with the additions of Notre Dame and Syracuse. Add Denver and Loyola to the schedule, and it makes it even harder for the Blue Devils to defend their championship of a year ago. Danowski has won two national titles in his seven years at the school.

"Every team on our schedule is good," Danowski said. "Lacrosse has...