Duke lacrosse was handed a loss in heartbreaking fashion. The intensity in the ACC Semifinal match against the Syracuse Orange was no joke.
The game was tied multiple times, including a tied of 14-14 up until 3:15 left in the final period. Then, Duke senior attackman Jordan Wolf notched a goal, giving the Blue Devils a 15-14 lead. With fifteen seconds left on the clock, Syracuse’s Billy Ward tied the game back up to 15-15. With just one second on the clock remaining, no more, no less, Syracuse attackman Dylan Donahue put one into the Duke net, taking the lead and winning the game 16-15.
“First off I want to congratulate Syracuse and its staff and players,” said Duke head coach John Danowski. “They were terrific, they played for 60 minutes and never gave up and I certainly thought they played with a lot of skill. They played with a lot of poise in crunch time so we applaud how well they played.”
Duke’s Josh Dionne felt that they could have won, but the little things prevented them from executing the win.
“I think the biggest thing that slowed us down [in the second half] was ourselves,” said Dionne. “I know I didn’t run through a ground ball in the fourth quarter and that’s a possession that we lost. Little things. We weren’t putting it on people’s sticks as well as we could have. Just the little things, but Syracuse played great.”
Losing to Syracuse broke Duke’s eight-game winning streak. During the winning streak, Duke previously beat Syracuse 21-7.
Up next for the Blue Devils is a game against Boston University on May 4.
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