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
UniversityDuke University
Head coachJohn Danowski (since 2006 season)
StadiumKoskinen Stadium
(capacity: 7,000)
LocationDurham, North Carolina
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
NicknameBlue Devils
ColorsDuke Blue and White[1]
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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2][3]

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.[2]

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.[2] The 2006 season was cut short when several Duke players were falsely accused of rape.[4] As a result of the incident, Duke forced Pressler to resign as head coach,[5] and the NCAA granted the players an extra season of eligibility.[6]

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.[2] In 2010, Duke returned to the final, where it defeated Notre Dame, 6–5 in overtime, to capture its first NCAA championship.[7]

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.

Season Results

The following is a list of Duke's results by season as a NCAA Division I program:

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Bruce Corrie (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1967–1975)
1971 Bruce Corrie 7-70-14th
1972 Bruce Corrie 8-60-24th
1973 Bruce Corrie 7-81-34th
1974 Bruce Corrie 8-61-34th
1975 Bruce Corrie 3-101-24th
Bruce Corrie: 33-373-11
John Epsey (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1976–1981)
1976 John Epsey 5-71-24th
1977 John Epsey 7-60-35th
1978 John Epsey 9-60-45th
1979 John Epsey 7-80-45th
1980 John Epsey 4-90-45th
1981 John Epsey 3-90-45th
John Epsey: 35-451-21
Tony Cullen (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1982–1990)
1982 Tony Cullen 6-70-45th
1983 Tony Cullen 7-70-34th
1984 Tony Cullen 5-90-34th
1985 Tony Cullen 8-70-34th
1986 Tony Cullen 11-40-34th
1987 Tony Cullen 11-32-12nd
1988 Tony Cullen 8-40-34th
1989 Tony Cullen 9-60-34th
1990 Tony Cullen 6-70-34th
Tony Cullen: 71-542-26
Mike Pressler (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1991–2006)
1991 Mike Pressler 7-50-34th
1992 Mike Pressler 7-71-23rdNCAA Division I First Round
1993 Mike Pressler 9-51-23rd
1994 Mike Pressler 10-61-2T-3rdNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1995 Mike Pressler 12-40-34thNCAA Division I First Round
1996 Mike Pressler 6-61-2T-3rd
1997 Mike Pressler 12-42-12ndNCAA Division I Final Four
1998 Mike Pressler 11-41-23rdNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1999 Mike Pressler 13-32-1T-1stNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2000 Mike Pressler 11-52-12ndNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2001 Mike Pressler 11-62-1T-1stNCAA Division I First Round
2002 Mike Pressler 8-71-2T-2ndNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2003 Mike Pressler 8-70-34th
2004 Mike Pressler 5-80-34th
2005 Mike Pressler 17-33-01stNCAA Division I Runner-Up
2006 Mike Pressler 6-21-14th
Mike Pressler: 153-8218-29
John Danowski (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2007–Present)
2007 John Danowski 17-33-01stNCAA Division I Runner-Up
2008 John Danowski 18-23-01stNCAA Division I Final Four
2009 John Danowski 15-42-1T-1stNCAA Division I Final Four
2010 John Danowski 16-41-2T-3rdNCAA Division I Champion
2011 John Danowski 14-63-01stNCAA Division I Final Four
2012 John Danowski 15-52-1T-1stNCAA Division I Final Four
2013 John Danowski 16-52-1T-1stNCAA Division I Champion
2014 John Danowski 17-34-1T-1stNCAA Division I Champion
2015 John Danowski 12-61-34thNCAA Division I First Round
2016 John Danowski 11-82-2T-3rdNCAA Division I First Round
2017 John Danowski 13-53-12ndNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2018 John Danowski 16-43-12ndNCAA Division I Runner-Up
2019 John Danowski 13-52-2T-2ndNCAA Division I Final Four
John Danowski: 193-6031-15

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also


  1. "Duke Athletics Quick Facts". GoDuke.com. September 5, 2019. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  2. 2009 Duke Men's Lacrosse Media Guide, Duke University, p. 31–32, 2009.
  3. 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).
  4. Duke lacrosse coach resigns, rest of season canceled, ESPN, April 6, 2006.
  5. Fired lacrosse coach will sue Archived July 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, News & Observer, January 18, 2008.
  6. NCAA grants Duke's request for fifth year of lacrosse eligibility, USA Today, May 30, 2007.
  7. Duke men capture another ACC lacrosse championship, News & Record, April 27, 2009.
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