Duke Blue Devils men's lacrosse
The Duke Blue Devils men's lacrosse team represents Duke University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's lacrosse. Duke currently competes as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and plays its home games at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.
|Duke Blue Devils men's lacrosse|
|Head coach||John Danowski (since 2006 season)|
|Location||Durham, North Carolina|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|Colors||Duke Blue and White|
|NCAA Tournament championships|
|(3) – 2010, 2013, 2014|
|NCAA Tournament Runner-Up|
|(3) – 2005, 2007, 2018|
|NCAA Tournament Final Fours|
|(12) – 1997, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019|
|NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals|
|(16) – 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|(23) – 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|(7) – 1995, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012|
|Conference regular season championships|
|(13) – 1939, 1946, 1954, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014|
The first lacrosse game played by Duke took place on April 9, 1938, when the Blue Devils traveled to meet their nearby rivals, North Carolina, which itself had just formed a team the year prior. Duke won that contest, 2–1. The first home game occurred a week later when they hosted Syracuse, who beat the Blue Devils, 17–5. Duke finished the season with a 2–5 record, with their second win also over North Carolina, this time in Durham. The following season, the Blue Devils compiled a 7–1 mark and secured the Dixie Lacrosse League championship.
Ray Brown became Duke's first lacrosse All-American in 1940 and was honored as such again the following year. In 1946, Duke opened the season with an upset over national power Maryland in College Park, 12–4. Despite finishing the season with a 2–3 record, the Blue Devils were awarded the Southern Lacrosse Association championship.
The 1951 team is often regarded as one of Duke's most successful pre-NCAA teams. The Blue Devils routed conference opponent Washington & Lee, 26–8. They also scored victories against powerhouses, beating Navy, 17–6, and Johns Hopkins, 9–7. The lone loss was by a one-goal margin and came against Virginia. Duke finished the season with a 6–1 record.
The newly formed Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) sanctioned lacrosse in 1954, and Duke captured the league's first title after posting a 7–1–1 season. Starting the following year however, the Blue Devils entered a twelve-year slump where they compiled a combined 17–67 record with no winning seasons. In 1967, Roy Skinner and Bruce Corrie took over as co-head coaches and immediately reversed the team's fortunes, posting a 7–4 record that season and finishing second in the ACC. In 1971, Corrie became the sole coach after Skinner retired.
Mike Pressler was hired as head coach in 1991, and the following season Duke made its first NCAA tournament appearance. In 1994, the Blue Devils posted their first tournament win, which was also their first victory against Maryland in Durham since 1954. They were then edged, 12–11, in the quarterfinals by Syracuse. The next year, Duke won its first ACC tournament, and in the process became the first number-four seed to do so. Two years later, they advanced to the Final Four. Duke won consecutive ACC tournaments in 2001 and 2002, and advanced to the 2005 NCAA final before losing to Johns Hopkins, 9–8. The 2006 season was cut short when several Duke players were falsely accused of rape. As a result of the incident, Duke forced Pressler to resign as head coach, and the NCAA granted the players an extra season of eligibility.
John Danowski replaced Pressler, and in his first season in 2007, he led the Blue Devils to the ACC championship and a return to the NCAA title game. Duke again lost to Johns Hopkins by one goal, 12–11. In 2010, Duke returned to the final, where it defeated Notre Dame, 6–5 in overtime, to capture its first NCAA championship.
In the 2013 season, Duke defeated Syracuse 16–10 to win their second NCAA lacrosse championship.
In the 2014 season, Duke defeated Notre Dame 11–9 to win their third NCAA lacrosse championship.
The following is a list of Duke's results by season as a NCAA Division I program:
|Bruce Corrie (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1967–1975)|
|John Epsey (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1976–1981)|
|Tony Cullen (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1982–1990)|
|Mike Pressler (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1991–2006)|
|1992||Mike Pressler||7-7||1-2||3rd||NCAA Division I First Round|
|1994||Mike Pressler||10-6||1-2||T-3rd||NCAA Division I Quarterfinals|
|1995||Mike Pressler||12-4||0-3||4th||NCAA Division I First Round|
|1997||Mike Pressler||12-4||2-1||2nd||NCAA Division I Final Four|
|1998||Mike Pressler||11-4||1-2||3rd||NCAA Division I Quarterfinals|
|1999||Mike Pressler||13-3||2-1||T-1st||NCAA Division I Quarterfinals|
|2000||Mike Pressler||11-5||2-1||2nd||NCAA Division I Quarterfinals|
|2001||Mike Pressler||11-6||2-1||T-1st||NCAA Division I First Round|
|2002||Mike Pressler||8-7||1-2||T-2nd||NCAA Division I Quarterfinals|
|2005||Mike Pressler||17-3||3-0||1st||NCAA Division I Runner-Up|
|John Danowski (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2007–Present)|
|2007||John Danowski||17-3||3-0||1st||NCAA Division I Runner-Up|
|2008||John Danowski||18-2||3-0||1st||NCAA Division I Final Four|
|2009||John Danowski||15-4||2-1||T-1st||NCAA Division I Final Four|
|2010||John Danowski||16-4||1-2||T-3rd||NCAA Division I Champion|
|2011||John Danowski||14-6||3-0||1st||NCAA Division I Final Four|
|2012||John Danowski||15-5||2-1||T-1st||NCAA Division I Final Four|
|2013||John Danowski||16-5||2-1||T-1st||NCAA Division I Champion|
|2014||John Danowski||17-3||4-1||T-1st||NCAA Division I Champion|
|2015||John Danowski||12-6||1-3||4th||NCAA Division I First Round|
|2016||John Danowski||11-8||2-2||T-3rd||NCAA Division I First Round|
|2017||John Danowski||13-5||3-1||2nd||NCAA Division I Quarterfinals|
|2018||John Danowski||16-4||3-1||2nd||NCAA Division I Runner-Up|
|2019||John Danowski||13-5||2-2||T-2nd||NCAA Division I Final Four|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Duke Athletics Quick Facts". GoDuke.com. September 5, 2019. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
- 2009 Duke Men's Lacrosse Media Guide, Duke University, p. 31–32, 2009.
- Since 1971, the annual NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament has determined the national champion in lacrosse. Prior to that, from 1934 through 1970 (the pre-NCAA era), the national champion was determined by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), who would award the top team with the Wingate Memorial Trophy, based on regular-season records. The Wingate Memorial Trophy was presented to the first two NCAA champions (1971 and 1972) and was then retired. See also: NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship (1971– ) and Wingate Memorial Trophy (1934–1970).
- Duke lacrosse coach resigns, rest of season canceled, ESPN, April 6, 2006.
- Fired lacrosse coach will sue Archived July 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, News & Observer, January 18, 2008.
- NCAA grants Duke's request for fifth year of lacrosse eligibility, USA Today, May 30, 2007.
- Duke men capture another ACC lacrosse championship, News & Record, April 27, 2009.