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Duke lacrosse wins ACC championship

Posted by mesablue on April 30, 2007

The Duke lacrosse team returned in style.

Duke downs UVA for ACC lax crown

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Matt Danowski and his fellow seniors had helped Duke win 40 games in their careers and reach the NCAA championship game in 2005.
This year, they can add another impressive — and more significant — accomplishment to their resumes.

Danowski and Zack Greer each scored three goals Sunday and the Duke lacrosse program continued its triumphant return by beating Virginia 12-9 in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship.

Danowski was the tournament’s most valuable player for the top-seeded Blue Devils (13-2), who won their fourth title and first since 2002.

It’s the latest on-field highlight for the Blue Devils in the road back from a rape scandal that led to charges against three former teammates — who were ultimately exonerated — and the cancellation of much of last season. Duke has won eight straight games heading into next weekend’s regular-season finale against Air Force, followed by a trip to the NCAA tournament in hopes of winning the title that eluded the Blue Devils in ’05.

“For us as seniors, we talked about leaving a legacy here,” said Danowski, honored as the ACC player of the year earlier this week. “It’s another testament to the character of the guys on this team and the way we’ve stuck (together) throughout this whole thing, kept our noses clean and just kept going and stayed with it.

“Today’s one of those payoffs. But you can’t fall back on that. It’s not the end-all, be-all for us.”

Good for them.

Mike Nifong was not available for comment.

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