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Duke lacrosse enters NCAA Tournament as No. 1 seed

The Duke Blue Devils, defending national champions in men’s lacrosse, were selected at the No. 1 overall seed for the upcoming NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.

Duke has a first round bye and will play the winner between Air Force and Richmond in Koskinen Stadium on Sunday May 11, faceoff scheduled for 5:15 p.m airing on ESPNU.

Duke was one of the eight teams to receive an at-large bid into the tournament. The other teams who are ranked in the tournament are No. 2 Syracuse, No. 3 Loyola (Md.), No. 4 Penn, No. 5 Denver, No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Maryland and No. 8 Virginia.

The 2014 NCAA Tournament will be Duke’s 18th appearance in the event. They are 28-15 all-time in NCAA Tournament games and are 19-5 under head coach John Danowski. Duke has advanced to the final weekend of the tournament each of the past seven seasons and has won the championship in 2010 and 2013.

Danowski is the only coach in Division I lacrosse history to be the coach of a team who has made it to the national championship game in each of his first seven seasons as head coach of a program.

Leading for the Blue Devils is the 2014 ACC Offensive Player of the Year Jordan Wolf. He has made 51 goals and has accumulated 80 points overall. Sophomore midfielder Deemer Class has made 31 goals and has 25 assists for 56 points. Attackman Josh Dionne has 43 goals on the year. Senior Brendan Fowler is 209-of-398 at faceoff X, having a .601 win percentage and 151 ground balls. Sophomore Luke Aaron is 12-3 in the goal, with a .529 save percentage.

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