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Syracuse, Duke to battle for men's lacrosse title
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Syracuse and Duke are set to clash for the NCAA's men's lacrosse title after both won semifinal matchups on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.
The top-seeded Orange (16-3) scored two goals in 39 seconds in the final minute of the fourth quarter to stun fourth-seeded Denver (14-5) by a 9-8 score, while a seventh-seeded Duke squad outlasted Cornell, 16-14.
Syracuse and Duke will tangle Monday afternoon for the championship.
The Orange outscored Denver, 5-1, in the final frame and tied things up at 8-8 when JoJo Marasco set up Luke Cometti for the tying goal with 59 seconds to play. Derek Maltz then netted the game-winner on a rebound for Syracuse, which will vie for its 12th NCAA title.
Jordan Wolf scored four times and had an assist, and Jake Tripucka added three goals and one assist for Duke (15-5). David Lawson scored the game-winner with 6:35 left and Josh Dionne netted two goals for the Blue Devils, who were coming off an upset of second-seeded Notre Dame last weekend.
Rob Pannell set the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse career points record (354) after recording five goals and two assists for Cornell (14-4), which fell to 0-3 all-time versus Duke in NCAA Tournament play. Connor Buczek added three goals and one assist.
05/25 20:14:10 ET