The 2014 college lacrosse season is officially in the books and before we know it, coaches and programs will be gearing up for 2015 season. Before we look too much into the future, Let’s take a look back at some of the headlines and highlights from the 2014 lacrosse season? This memorable season had it all, triumphs, championships, achievements, and suspense, what more could you ask for! Here's a recap in a nutshell:
Duke Wins DI National Championship... Again
Duke lacrosse could well be on its way to becoming a dynasty. For the second straight season, and 3rd since 2010, the Blue Devils claimed the Division I National Championship, beating Notre Dame 11-9 in what was an exciting and suspenseful game. Duke got off to a hot start leading 5-1 at halftime before Notre Dame mounted a strong comeback. The Fighting Irish scored 5 goals in the 4th, and cutting the score to 1. The Blue Devils couldn't rest easy until Jordan Wolf scored with 2:39 left in the game to truly seal the game. Sergio Perkovic led the Fighting Irish with 5 goals in the game, while Duke’s Jordan Wolf led the tournament with 13 goals.
Get your Duke lacrosse apparel now! Chances are they're not going to be easily pushed off their championship throne without a fight. After all, the program has been to each of the last eight national semifinal contests and reached the championship game four times in that span of success, winning 3 of them.
A New Offensive Efficiency Record
The University of Detroit Mercy may not have had a great season in terms of win-loss record in 2014, but they set a new NCAA Division 1 offensive record scoring 34 extra man extra-man goals which gave Titans fans a lot to cheer about in 2014. The
Titans broke a 29-year-old record which was previously set by North Carolina back in 1985. How good were they? North Carolina’s previous efficiency was .586; the Titans were scoring at a .708 clip. Not too shabby!
Maryland Lacrosse in a Class of its Own
The sport of lacrosse has been very good to college programs in the state of Maryland. Not only have the Terrapins captured three DI National Titles and played in a total of 10 championship games, but they're a bevy of other well established programs in the state. Take, for instance, the likes of Johns Hopkins (nine DI lacrosse championships), Loyola, Towson, and the Naval Academy. In fact, of the 43 NCAA championship lacrosse games that have been held, there have been 29 instances that a school from Maryland competed in the championship game.
The state nearly made it 30 times this year, as the University of Maryland advanced to the Final Four before blowing a two-goal halftime lead and eventually falling to Notre Dame, 11-6, in the national semifinal. Still, as one of the nation's premiere programs, Maryland is a fan favorite year in and year out, gaining new lacrosse fans from all across the country.
History in the Making for Tewaaraton Award
It's college lacrosse's version of the Heisman Trophy - the Tewaaraton Award, which is annually handed out to the sport's most exceptional male and female athletes. In the male category, the award went to Miles and Lyle Thompson of the University of Albany - brothers of Native American descent. It's the first time in the 14-year history of the award that a Native American has won it. In fact, no Native American has ever even been nominated for the award, which seems odd considering that the sport has rich Native American roots. What's more is that it's also the first time in the award's history that it has been shared.