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Dionne, Duprey help Duke
Duke attackman Josh Dionne celebrates his third goal of the NCAA Division I championship game against Syracuse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Monday, May 27, 2013. Duke beat Syracuse, 16-10, to win the title. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)
The Blue Devils had stumbled into a 5-0 hole in the NCAA men's lacrosse final, but all doubt seemed to dissipate in the second quarter while Wolf celebrated in the northeast corner of Lincoln Financial Field.
The Blue Devils (16-5) scored 12 of the next 14 goals and Wolf said they needed that first one to remind themselves they were still in the game. He scored four times in both final four games and raised his season total to 57 goals.
Dionne, a junior attackman and a product of Avon (Conn.) Old Farms, is one of two Granite Staters on the national champs. Fellow junior Luke Duprey, of Concord and Phillips Exeter, played a solid game on defense and came up with two ground balls and was 1-for-1 on faceoffs.
"It's not a characteristic (falling behind) we'd like to do all the time," he said. "But when we found ourselves down, we knew we had to stay together and just stick to the plan ... work together and things will work out.
Instead of drawing a matchup with the Orange's top defender, Brian Megill, Wolf matched up with junior David Hamlin. Wolf said he was a little surprised, but he still expected a challenge. He repeatedly attacked Hamlin from behind the net, including the goal that handed Duke its first lead, a 6-5 advantage with 1 minute, 51 seconds left in the first half.
Wolf's presence opened up space for fellow attack Dionne and Josh Offit, who also scored a hat trick. Jake Tripucka, a midfielder, scored twice and assisted on two other goals. Kyle Turri sealed the win with 10 saves.