2013 Major League Lacrosse draftees David Lawson and Jake Tripucka helped lead Duke to its second National Championship in program history on Monday, defeating Syracuse 16-10 in the championship game. Both players were selected to the All-Tournament team. Tripucka, who was drafted by the Hamilton Nationals, had four points in the semi-final tilt against Cornell on Saturday before recording two goals and two assists in the final. Lawson also had four points against Denver, which he followed up with a two-goal effort versus Syracuse.
Also on the Duke roster was future Charlotte Hounds defenseman Casey Carroll, who missed the season recovering from a torn ACL. Charlotte Hounds defenseman Joe Cinosky and midfielder Matt Danowski were also on the Duke sideline, serving as assistant coaches for the championship squad.
The Blue Devils defeated a Syracuse team led by 2013 draftees Brian Megill and JoJo Marasco. Marasco, a New York Lizards draft pick, made the All-Tournament team after scoring five points in the semi-finals against Denver and having two goals and an assist in the Championship game. Megill, who will play defense for the Denver Outlaws, had six ground balls, two caused turnovers, and won five out of seven faceoffs against Duke.
In the first game of Championship Weekend, Duke won a wild game against Cornell University, led by 2012 number one overall pick Rob Pannell. Pannell had seven points in the game on five goals and two assists on the way to making the All-Tournament team. His last goal of the game marked his 354th career point, breaking the all-time record previously held by Danowski. Pannell is expected to join the New York Lizards, who originally drafted him in 2012, this week.
The Cornell offense was also bolstered by midfielder Max Van Bourgondien, a Charlotte draft pick, who had two goals and an assist in the game. Defender Jason Noble, a Hamilton draftee, picked up a ground ball in his final game for the Big Red.
Syracuse reached the finals by edging out the Denver Pioneers in the other semi-final. The Denver roster featured some future MLL talent, led by midfielders Cameron Flint and Chase Carraro and attackman Eric Law. Law, who was drafted in the fourth round by the Denver Outlaws, appeared on the All-Tournament team after a three-goal outing against the Orange. Flint, a first round selection for the Boston Cannons had a goal and an assist, while Carraro, who was drafted by the Ohio Machine, had a goal and five ground balls, while going 12-21 on faceoffs.
Joining the previously mentioned players on the All-Tournament team are attackmen Jordan Wolfe of Duke and Dylan Donohue of Syracuse, and defenseman Sean Young and goalie Dominic Lamolinara, both of Syracuse. Duke faceoff man Brendan Fowler was dominant at the faceoff X, earning himself Tournament MVP.