Johns Hopkins beats Duke to win lacrosse national title

May 28, 2007 - 9:19 PM BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- Johns Hopkins was the team with the storybook ending.Kevin Huntley scored the go-ahead goal with 3:25 remaining asJohns Hopkins won the Division I lacrosse national title with athrilling 12-11 victory over Duke on Monday afternoon at M&TBank Stadium.Playing just miles from their campus, the Blue Jays (13-4)endured plenty of tense moments before claiming their ninthnational title."Out of four teams there was a cinderella story in Delaware,there was the nation's team in Duke and there was an undefeatedNo. 1 team in Cornell," Blue Jays attackman Jake Byrne said. "Wewere just kind of there. You wake up this morning and ESPN dida story on the Division I national championship game and Idon't know if they mentioned Johns Hopkins once. I took itpersonally. I hope all of the team did and I think it was amotivating factor.""I think everyone likes to root against Hopkins," Blue Jaysmidfielder Stephen Peyser said. "I don't know if we had manyfans here today it didn't feel like we did. That's why youcome to Hopkins, [because] you're the New York Yankees of thelacrosse world."The third-seeded Blue Jays squandered a six-goal lead and werein an 11-11 deadlock after Max Quinzani scored for thetop-seeded Blue Devils with 4:37 remaining.But Huntley gave the Blue Jays the lead for good with his thirdtally of the game.Huntley's goal wrote a disappointing end to what had been aseason of redemption for the Blue Devils (17-3), who fell a winshy of winning their first championship in school history just ayear after their 2006 season was canceled due to rapeallegations which led to three players being indicted."Like in life, sometimes the ball hits the pipe and bounces theother way and sometimes it doesn't," Duke coach John Danowskisaid. "As I told our guys, if this is the worst thing that'sgoing to happen in your life, you've lived a good life. I'mextremely proud of them. As you can imagine, it was extremelyemotional afterwards. It"s been a (heck) of a ride."David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann all had chargesdropped against them in December after the accuser toldinvestigators she was uncertain of some details of the attackshe alleged took place in March 2006 at a party at the residenceof two players. None of the players returned to the team."The opportunity was there for us to win late in the game, andHopkins made plays," Duke midfielder Ed Douglas said. "Weunfortunately came up short. It's just a real sense ofemptiness right at the end there. Coach reminded us what agreat season it was, and that we should be proud of ourselves,but it certainly hurts."The allegations caused Duke president Richard Brodhead to cancelthe 2006 season and Mike Pressler resigned as lacrosse coach inApril. Danowski was named to succeed Pressler in July.Pressler was amongst the crowd of 48,443 that nearly saw theBlue Devils rally from a 10-4 halftime deficit.Ned Crotty scored three goals for Duke, which failed to avenge aloss to Johns Hopkins in the 2005 title game.Byrne scored four goals and Paul Rabil had a tally and fiveassists for the Blue Jays, who avenged a 11-9 loss to the BlueDevils on April 7.

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