Saturday, May 25, 2013

NCAA Final Four weekend: Duke MLAX, UNC WLAX in action

Both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men's and women's lacrosse tournaments will crown new champions on Sunday and Monday.

Triangle-area teams, the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels are local representatives of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in both men's and women's competitions respectively.

2013 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament

The seventh-seeded Blue Devils (14-5), playing in their seventh consecutive championship semifinal, seek to win their second national title and must beat the unseeded Cornell Big Red (14-3) first in order to have a chance of winning it all again.

The winner of the Duke-Cornell game will face the winner of the top-seeded Syracuse Orange (15-3) and the fourth-seeded Denver Pioneers (14-4) semifinal.

Both semifinal games take place on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. and will be nationally televised on ESPN2.


Follow live at Duke vs. Cornell - Saturday - 2:30 p.m.


Follow live at Syracuse vs. Denver - Saturday - 5:00 p.m.



2013 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament

The third-seeded Tar Heels (17-3) will face off against the top-seed Maryland Terrapins for their second shot at trying to win their first-ever NCAA title on Sunday at 8 p.m. at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa.

The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

During the first semifinal game that took place on Friday, the Tar Heels knocked off the defending champion and second-seeded Northwestern Wildcats, handing them an 11-4 loss that ended their quest to capture an eighth national championship.

In the other semifinal, the Terps topped the fourth-seeded Syracuse Orange 11-10 to earn their first return trip to the tournament final since 2011.

Two of the three losses that North Carolina has suffered this season have come at the hands of the Terps.

Maryland held on for a 14-13 victory in College Park during the regular season, and then took control of the ACC championship game against the Tar Heels to hand them a 12-8 loss in Chapel Hill, and completed their sweep of both conference titles.


Follow live at North Carolina vs. Maryland - Sunday - 8 p.m.


Pregame reading:



Carolina Lacrosse Network: Duke Blue Devils know how to peak at right time

--- Duke's Success is a Sum of Its Parts


The Duke Blue Devils know what success is. They understand what it takes to be successful.



Raleigh Sports Examiner: Duke Blue Devils return to NCAA lacrosse Final Four



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