Thursday, August 1, 2013

Would You Have Survived?

           The longest game in women’s lacrosse tournament history was held Sunday May 26th between the UNC Tarheels and the Maryland Terps.  The Terps were looking to secure their 11th national championship while the 18 year old Tarheels team was looking for their first national championship to add to the schools collection.  At half time the Tarheels lead the game but the Terps quickly rallied back and scored 5 goals.  Regulation ended with an opportunity for Maryland to win, but lost control in the last 10 seconds. 

            Two overtimes later the score was still 12-12, and the pressure was now on Wards, goalie for the Tarheels.  She knew she had to come up with a big save when a Maryland attacker had a point blank shot.  A fantastic save and quick clear got the ball moving down the field for UNC. Teammate Coppa carried the ball up the field until she found and passed to her teammate Tracy who then let the ball rip into the net.  Just like she had practiced, she watched a dream come true as the ball sailed past the Terp goalie and the UNC Lady Tarheel’s were officially brining home their first national championship.

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Overcoming Deficit

As the whistle blew to start the 2013 Men’s Division 1 Championship Game, the Duke Blue Devils had caught a case of the gitters.  You could tell Duke’s game play in the championship round was odd from the way they came out of the gates and onto the field.  Although Duke was relying on the fact that they had the strongest player, Fowler, they fell to a 5-0 deficit in the first 15 minutes of play.  By half time, the Blue Devils were able to rally back to a 6-5 score with Syracuse leading by one goal. 

         Once the second half started it didn’t take long for Duke to take the lead.  With Fowler winning 20 out of 28 face-offs during the match, the Blue Devils were able to push harder and challenge Syracuse in order to come out with a beautiful product.  The Blue Devils pulled off a 16-10 win over Syracuse resulting in obtaining their second National Championship. Fowler was able to turn the game around; he had an outstanding performance and was named the tournaments Most Outstanding Player. 

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