Duke outlasts Cornell in men's lacrosse semis

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Updated: 5/25/2013 4:45 pm Published: 5/25/2013 4:42 pm

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Jordan Wolf scored four times and had an assist and Jake Tripucka added three goals and one assist to help Duke outlast Cornell, 16-14, Saturday in NCAA Men's Lacrosse Final Four action at Lincoln Financial Field.

David Lawson scored the game-winner with 6:35 left and Josh Dionne netted two goals for the seventh-seeded Blue Devils, who are making their seventh consecutive Final Four appearance and were coming off an upset of second- seeded Notre Dame last weekend.

Kyle Turri made 16 saves for The Blue Devils (15-5), who advance to face the winner of top-seeded Syracuse and No. 4 seed Denver in the national final on Monday.

Rob Pannell set the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse career points record (354) after recording five goals and two assists for Cornell (14-4), which fell to 0-3 all-time versus Duke in NCAA Tournament play. Connor Buczek added three goals and one assist

Cornell led 3-1 after a slow-paced first quarter, but Duke took over in the second.

An early tally from Dionne cut the Blue Devils' deficit to 3-2, though Cornell quickly responded with two scores over the next 3 1/2 minutes for a 5-2 advantage. The rest of the first half, however, belonged to the Blue Devils, who closed the action outscoring Cornell by a 5-1 margin to take a 7-6 advantage into halftime.

Duke kept its momentum rolling into the second half, dominating the third quarter with a 7-1 scoring advantage for a 14-7 lead.

Cornell fought back in the fourth with five unanswered goals just over seven minutes in, the final two coming on Parnell's record-tying and record-breaking tallies, to get within 14-12 with 8:04 remaining.

Lawson's snipe with 6:35 left gave Duke some breathing room and a three-goal advantage. Cornell didn't score again until with 1:31 and 53 seconds remaining, respectively, to make it 15-14.

Wolf's final tally with 39 seconds left all but secured the win for Duke.

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