Back-to-back lax titles special for Duke seniors
Posted May 27, 2014
Updated May 28, 2014
For Duke men's lacrosse’s senior class, it was a bittersweet moment. The end of a brilliant run of back-to-back NCAA titles, but also the end of their collegiate careers.
“It was awesome to win, don’t get me wrong," said senior Christian Walsh. "But it was also kind of sad, knowing it was the last time you would put on the Duke jersey.”
“This one’s a little more sad just because we’re leaving Duke, to be honest. But, there’s just no better feeling walking off as a champion in your last one," said senior Jordan Wolf.
The 2013-14 senior class arrived in the shadow of Duke’s first national championship in 2010. But they leave having won two more.
“You know, we kind of left the field feeling like that wasn’t our best performance," said Walsh. "But, at the end of the day it was great to win another national championship. And, the feeling definitely doesn’t get old, I’ll tell you that.”
"Three out of the last five and eight final fours," pointed out senior Luke DuPrey. "Coach Danowski, we owe him a ton of credit, along with our other coaches. He’s got the formula, and it works.”
And a big part of that formula is experience.
“For the first time, I think I’m beginning to understand the legacy of the year before, and what students learn year-to-year," said Danoski. "It also makes me understand how difficult it must be for basketball coaches, to coach one-and-dones or two-and-dones, and how important the four-year student-athlete is for us.”
“Now that it’s finally over, it’s definitely special to look back and be able to say we went back-to-back," said Wolf. "Winning one’s hard enough, especially coming in with a target on our backs. It’s definitely very special."