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Syracuse Falls to Duke 16-10 in Lax Title Game: Orange Nation’s Words

Dick Blume/ Syracuse.com

One of the most amazing streaks in college athletics is still in tact. Since 1979, every Syracuse senior who played all four years at SU has been to a lacrosse Final Four. Simply remarkable. But the national championship was a bridge too far, as the Orange lose 16-10 to Duke.

The faceoff circle was where this game was won and lost. SU couldn’t grab 21-of-30 faceoffs, despite blazing out of the gate to take an early lead. But the Blue Devils soaked the clock, tallied scores, and essentially played keep away. Syracuse used six different players in the faceoff X, but they all failed to topple Brendan Fowler. The Blue Devils specialist won an amazing 20-of-28 draws, and took home Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

Here’s how it looked in their words, compiled from tweets following the game:

@WAERSports

Duke coach John Danowski: “I just want to say congrats to Syracuse. Just a classy group of coaches and a joy to go up against”

Desko: “These seniors have talked a lot about their legacy – and that kept them focused all season long”

Coach Scott Shafer ‏@Coach_Shafer

Great season SU Men’s Lax team!

WAER Sports ‏@WAERSports16m

Megill: “If there’s one thing we can pass down to the younger guys its playing with head, heart and hustle.”

Tom Eschen ‏@TomEschenJr

Megill in press conference- “we didn’t have the stars that Syracuse normally has, we had a team”

Jovan Miller ‏@JoviNation23

That game makes me really appreciate how difficult it truly is to win a National Championship.

Patrick Stevens ‏@D1scourse

Desko: “I told John after the game to buy his face off guy a big steak, because he deserves it.”

Jovan Miller ‏@JoviNation23

Well it was only a matter of time before our achilles heal all season came back to bite us. 7/28 on faceoffs I believe

Alec Lemon ‏@a15Lemon

All you boys keep your heads up you guys played like champions all year and made me and all of us Orangemen proud love y’all #orangenation

Alex Brooks ‏@alexjamesbrooks

MBB, MLAX, WLAX and FH in final fours. FB co-conf and Pinstripe Bowl champs. MSOC in the Sweet 16 and WBB in the NCAA Tourny. Lehhgo @theACC

Justin Pugh ‏@JustinPugh67

Take my hat off to the Syracuse lacrosse team. Played their butts off the entire game

Pete Thamel @SIPeteThamel

Duke wins the national title, 16-10. Amazing how far that program has ascended since Danowski got there. Congrats.

Dan Cohen ‏@DanRCohen

Big respect for John Danowski. Instructed his Duke players to remove their hats and shirts for handshakes with Syracuse. Class all the way.

Brent Axe ‏@BrentAxeMedia

Can’t wait to see these two battle year in, year out in the ACC. That league will be unreal.

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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