May 26, 2013
Men’s championship
No. 1 Syracuse vs. No. 7 Duke

When: 1 p.m. Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia. TV: ESPN.

Records: Orange 16-3, Blue Devils 15-5.

Data: Syracuse’s close defense features two shutdown defenders — seniors Brian Megill and David Hamlin — and an excellent off-ball defender in sophomore Sean Young. Expect Megill to defend junior Jordan Wolf (53 goals, 26 assists), one of the fastest players in the sport. Young likely will defend junior Josh Dionne (42 goals) after he held Denver leading goal scorer Wesley Berg without a shot in the semifinals. Unusually, both teams can get scoring from the second midfield. The leaders are Duke senior Josh Offit (26 goals, 17 assists) and Syracuse sophomore Henry Schoonmaker (18 goals, five assists). As a starting goalie, Duke sophomore Kyle Turri is saving less than 50 percent but is 13-1 overall. Syracuse’s offense relies on spacing and good passing from senior JoJo Marasco (41 assists). Duke counters with aggressive dodges from both midfield lines and from Wolf. The midfielders in particular are good outside shooters.

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