May 24, 2015 |
When Taylor Trimble scored the first goal of the second half, it looked as if Duke could snatch the momentum away from North Carolina. But the Tar Heels, who still held a two-score lead, went on to register two goals in 31 seconds and the Blue Devils didn't score again until 9 minutes, 49 seconds remained in the game. By that time, UNC had scored six straight goals and was riding its defense to a 16-7 victory over Duke in an NCAA Division I women's lacrosse semifinal Friday at PPL Park.
May 22, 2015 |
The last time the Duke women's lacrosse team made a final four in the Philadelphia area, it was 2007, and Taylor Trimble looked on from the Franklin Field stands. Trimble, an eighth grader at the time, was still jamming soccer, squash, and lacrosse into her schedule. Watching the Blue Devils in the NCAA tournament semifinals, even in a 14-13 loss to Virginia, inched her toward the sport. "I just thought it was the coolest thing ever," said Trimble, a Rosemont native who went to Episcopal Academy.
May 19, 2015 |
CHICAGO - Seven games into his Duke career, Justise Winslow was dubbed a "well-rounded James Harden" by USA Today. Five months later, the small forward still isn't sure why he is compared to the Houston Rockets shooting guard. "Maybe being lefthanded, living in Houston, being surrounded by the Rockets, maybe that," Winslow said Friday at the NBA draft combine. "But I try to pick up different things. I like James Harden, his game. But I'm just trying to be the best that I can be. "Whether it's grabbing something from [Los Angeles Clippers point guard]
May 1, 2015 |
In fall of her junior year, Travonya Kenly learned from her roommate of a marine biology program at Duke University that offered a full scholarship and gave special consideration to minority students. "Sure, I'll apply for that," responded Kenly, a student at Cheyney University, the historically black school in Chester County. She got in - one of two students in the country to be so honored - and traveled as far as Singapore to study. That wasn't the first time abroad for the student from Allentown.
April 28, 2015 |
The Syracuse men's lacrosse team made the most of its opportunities Sunday. The Orange erased an early Duke lead and held on to secure their first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title with a 15-14 victory at PPL Park. Syracuse (11-2) reached the championship Friday with a 9-8 victory over North Carolina. The Orange scored on all but one of their four man-up situations Sunday, all of them coming after they had dug themselves a 5-1 hole against the Blue Devils. By contrast, Duke, a much younger and less-experienced team, was unable to capitalize on any of its four extra-body possessions.
April 26, 2015 |
Notre Dame never knew what hit them. Looking to repeat as ACC men's lacrosse champs, the dream quickly turned into a nightmare Friday at PPL Park as No. 4 seed Duke routed the Fighting Irish, the top-ranked team in the country, 13-8, to advance to the tournament championship game Sunday at 1 p.m. Duke (11-4) will face third-seeded Syracuse, a 9-8 winner over No. 2 North Carolina, thanks to Kevin Rice's game winner with 1 minute, 48 seconds remaining in regulation. Notre Dame (9-2)
April 8, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - What you hope for in the season's last game is one to match the moment, a memory of two evenly matched teams playing to the stakes and maybe even beyond, every shot important, drama from tip to finish. Last night's NCAA championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium wasn't necessarily perfect (nor, it turned out, was Kentucky), but it was close enough. Duke (35-4) had to come from nine down in the second half against Wisconsin (36-4), but come back it did, overcoming foul trouble to two of its star players and finishing the game with a flourish of offense and defense that carried the Blue Devils home, 68-63.
April 7, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Duke maybe has not had the toughest road to the championship game, but the Blue Devils have been the most dominant team in this tournament. Michigan State dominated for 4 minutes on Saturday; Duke for 36. "Our kids for the next 36 minutes, they played lights-out basketball," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said of the 81-61 win. "The defense was terrific. We drove the ball with such strength. I actually think our offense gave our defense a push in how hard we were taking it to the basket . . . That's the best we've played in the tournament, and we've played really well in the tournament.
April 7, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Brett Brown says he is going to watch the NCAA championship game on Monday night "through business eyes. " The 76ers coach will think about his franchise's future while watching Wisconsin battle Duke for the title. "You are going to think about what might happen with some of the players that are on the court that could be a part of our team. Who knows?" Brown said. "You see it through that lens probably at this stage of my coaching career more than this is a great game . "I don't see it predominantly through that lens much anymore.
March 31, 2015
THE THREE No. 1 seeds in the Final Four are 106-7. And then there is Michigan State (27-11), a team that can't be evaluated off regular-season performance because its coach, Tom Izzo, has developed a formula to get the Spartans to peak in mid-March. Saturday's second national semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will not only be a rematch of last year's semi (won by Kentucky, 74-73), with many of the same participants, it will match the nation's most efficient offense (Wisconsin's)