December 26, 2013

Stories of the Year: They Are the Champions!

by Corey McLaughlin | | Twitter | McLaughlin Archive

Duke captured its second NCAA title this spring, capping a 14-1 run to close the year. (Mark Abbott)

Every team dreams of ending its season hoisting a trophy. These teams achieved that goal in 2013, from World Cup gold all the way down through U15 National Titles. 

Team USA (Women’s World Cup)

The U.S. women had a dominant showing in Oshawa, taking home gold in record-setting fashion behind All-World selections Katrina Dowd (LM's #BestOfLax for Women's Players this year), Lindsey Munday (LM's Person of the Year), Katie Rowan, Sarah Albrecht, Amber Falcone and recent MLL addition Devon Wills. Full Story

Duke (NCAA Division I Men)

Brendan Fowler had a huge weekend, helping the Blue Devils cap a 14-1 stretch to end the season and hoist the second trophy of the Danowski era. Full Story

North Carolina (NCAA Division I Women)

An epic NCAA finals saw the Tar Heels and Maryland need three extra periods to settle the ACC rivalry, earning Jenny Levy and her team its first-ever championship in the sport. Full Story

Le Moyne (NCAA Division II Men)

Le Moyne took its first title since the 2007 season, edging Mercyhurst behind strong performances like goalie Jeff White, who earned outstanding player honors. Full Story

LIU Post (NCAA Division II Women)

A close contest with Limestone was blown open by a late six-goal run by the Pioneers, who went wire-to-wire unbeaten, the fifth blemish-free season in NCAA Division II women's history. Full Story

Stevenson (NCAA Division III Men)

After knocking on the door for several seasons, coach Paul Cantabene and his Mustangs finally broke through, beating longtime South rival Salisbury in the semifinals and edging RIT for the championship. Full Story

Salisbury (NCAA Division III Women)

The Sea Gulls earned a redemptive title in 2013, topping the same Trinity squad which had upset it in the 2012 finals to earn a second NCAA championship on the women's side. Full Story

Onondaga CC (NJCAA Men)

The Lazers' run continues, and stands at 70 games after a fourth straight NJCAA title win this spring, taking home the championship over Nassau CC. Full Story

Monroe CC (NJCAA Women)

Another championship year for the Tribunes capped the first perfect season in the program's illustrious history. Full Story

Colorado State (WCLA, MCLA Division I)

The Rams swept the Division I club championships, with the men sweeping to a perfect season - including handing runner-up Colorado its only three losses. Full Story

On the women's side, Colorado State swept through the national tournament as the No. 1 seed, becoming the first top seed since 2007 to take home the championship. Full Story

St. Thomas (MCLA Division II)

The Tommies have made the MCLA DII championship a personal possession in recent years, taking the second consecutive title for the program and fourth in the past five years. Full Story

James Madison (WCLA Division II)

The Dukes set a goal to make the national tournament but did it one better, taking home the school's first championship to cap a 17-3 season. Full Story

Ward Melville (N.Y.) (Nike/US Lacrosse High School Boys’)

It was a throwback year for Ward Melville, which earned its first New York Class A championship since 2000 and cemented the top spot in the final Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 of the year. Full Story

McDonogh (Md.) (Nike/US Lacrosse High School Girls’)

A fifth straight IAAM title for unbeaten McDonogh was business as usual, as it stretched its streak to 91 straight games won by the Eagles. Full Story

Chesapeake Bayhawks (MLL)

The Bayhawks were the league's first repeat champion since 2007, taking home the title behind a stifling defensive effort led by goalie Kip Turner. The victory was the third in four years for the Bayhawks. Full Story

Rochester Knighthawks (NLL)

Speaking of long gaps between repeat champions, the Knighthawks took a second straight title, which was the first in ten years for the National Lacrosse League. Full Story

3d Select National (US Lacrosse U15 Boys’)

A top 14-for-18 performance from faceoff man Alec Barnes helped 3d Select upset top-seeded Long Island Express in the finals of the U15 Boys' tournament. Full Story

Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.) (US Lacrosse U15 Girls’)

After seasons of knocking on the door, the Long Island Top Guns finally kicked it in, topping Yellow Jacket's Blue (N.Y.) in the finals. Full Story

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