I’ve been watching or playing lacrosse for over 20 years. Today’s national semifinal game between Duke and Cornell was as good as any game I’ve ever seen.
Lacrosse is a game of momentum but this game took Mo to another level. Tied at 3 after one quarter, Duke scored the next seven goals to take a 10-3 lead mid way through the third quarter. Cornell, who hadn’t scored in nearly 30 minutes, then tallied eight of the next nine goals to stunningly tie the game at 11 with 17 seconds remaining. In what surely felt like a game headed to OT, the character of this Duke lax team once again prevailed. Junior Zack Greer caught a pass outside the crease with three seconds left and dumped it past the Cornell goalie to win the game. Succisa Virescit continued.
The national championship game is on Monday and it feels almost necessarily, from a Hollywood script stand-point, for Duke to win its first national championship in lacrosse on that day. This team of warriors will need everything it takes to beat Johns Hopkins for a second time this year. But, in what would be another form of poetic justice, victory would come against the team Duke narrowly lost to a couple years ago right before all hell broke lose. Here’s hoping for a great ending to one heck of a script.