PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Duke rallied from an early deficit to beat Syracuse 16-10 on Monday and win its second NCAA men's lacrosse title.
The Blue Devils trailed 5-0 in the second quarter. Jordan Wolf had four goals for Duke (16-5). Josh Offit and Josh Dionne each scored three times.
"We were down 5-0 and we really had no choice, we had to make the next play, and that's who we are, we responded," said Duke coach John Danowski, who won his second national championship at Duke. "We got in their grills a little bit, we told them they had to play a little tougher and a little harder than they were playing. We slowed our slide down, and start to slow things down on offense."
But the real star for the Blue Devils was junior faceoff man Brendan Fowler, who won 13 straight at one point to give Duke possession for long stretches. Fowler won 20 of 28 faceoffs overall and was honored as the game's most outstanding player.
"Obviously winning faceoffs and getting the ball back makes it a lot easier...