Bear Lax Trax Fax — last post for 2013 by John Nichols

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Semi-Finals-Saturday May 25:

Bears vs. Bears—Duke (Josh Offit ’09) vs. Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10, Will Joyce ’10)

Duke and Cornell met in the first semi-final game.  These two potent offenses did not disappoint, posting a total of 30 goals as Duke won 16-14.  After a back-and-forth first half which saw Duke up 7-6 at the break, the game turned into a series of runs.  Duke raced out to a 14-6 lead then saw Cornell storm back to come within one goal with just under a minute left in the game.  Duke scored the game’s last goal to cement the 16-14 win and earn a place in Monday’s championship game.  Josh Offit scored one goal and dished out an assist in the win.

Denver (Harrison Archer ’10) vs. Syracuse

Denver raced out to an early 3-0 lead on the Orange and were able to hold on to the lead until late in the fourth quarter when Syracuse scored twice in the game’s final minute to turn a one goal deficit into a one goal win.  Syracuse moved on to the championship game to face Duke

NCAA D-I National Championship Game, Monday May 27

Duke (Josh Offit ‘09) vs. Syracuse

Duke’s road to the championship game saw the team drop 4 of their first 6 games.  The Blue Devils didn’t lose again until the semi-finals of the ACC tournament.  In the NCAA tournament, the Blue Devils were seeded 7th and had to face the defending NCAA champion Loyola Greyhounds in their first game.  Duke survived the game, a 12-11 overtime win to win a rematch with Notre Dame, a team which had beaten them 13-5 three months earlier.  Another 12-11 win put Duke into the final four where the defeated Cornell 16-14 to get a shot at the championship.

Syracuse was the #1 seed for the tournament but had an interesting path to that top seeding.  While Syracuse built a respectable 13-3 regular season record and won the Big East tournament, Syracuse suffered a couple of head scratching losses and unexpectedly close wins.  Two wins over Notre Dame and a win over Cornell helped them get that top seeding.  After downing a tough Bryant team in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Syracuse picked up a pair of one-goal, last minute, come from behind wins over Yale and Denver.

The game proved to be Duke’s season in microcosm.  Syracuse ran out to an early 4-0 lead, but as they did when their season got off to a rough start, Duke rallied back, outscoring Syracuse 16-6 over the balance of the game.  A five goal run followed up by a seven goal run made the outcome a foregone conclusion long before the final whistle.  Josh Offit had a solid final outing, capping a great senior season.  Josh scored 3 goals and had 2 assists, his third 5 point game this season.  Josh’s first goal of the day gave the Blue Devils a lead they would never surrender.  That goal was #2 on the day’s top 10 plays on ESPN.  The win gives Josh his second NCAA championship ring, putting him in on the short list of Landon Bears with two NCAA D-I Lacrosse titles which includes Matt Ward ‘02, Chris Ourisman ‘02 and Jake Byrne ‘03.

Josh (#25) Goes Airborne to Celebrate a Goal

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For his career at Duke, Josh scored 66 goals in 72 games, dished out 32 assists and gathered up 50 ground balls.  Clearly a player who would do whatever it takes; Josh was even 2-for-2 on faceoffs at Duke.

THAT’S A BEAR!!!

Next Year—Comings and goings

Two Landon Bears saw their NCAA lacrosse careers end this season—Marek Laco ‘09 at Dickinson and Josh Offit ’09 at Duke.

New Faces for 2014:

  • Garrett Fellows and Peter Laco are set to join up with Will Laco ’11 at Penn
  • Marshall Peters will join Joe Paoletta ’10 and Will Joyce ’10 at Cornell
  • Lots of new teams to follow:
    • Mike Rhoads at UVA
    • Taylor Valencia and Philip Pena at Delaware
    • Robby Dunigan at Colgate
    • Connor Lynch and Will Buckingham at Furman
    • Zac Buller at Jacksonville

THANKS, John Nichols for superb coverage of all those Bears who are playing for colleges. The 2014 season will have a net +8 of Bears laxing!

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