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Series business: Semifinals

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It’s hard to believe that this time next week, it will only be a few hours until the final game of the college lacrosse season.

But in the interim, there’s plenty to look at over the next few days, notably the two semifinal games on Saturday.

Here’s a glance at the history involved in the final four matchups:

No. 2 SYRACUSE vs. No. 3 DUKE

Series: Syracuse leads 4-1
NCAA series: Syracuse leads 2-0 (1994 and 2002 quarterfinals)
Last meeting: Syracuse won 10-9 in 2002 NCAA quarterfinals in Hempstead, N.Y.

Not a whole lot between the teams. There were single regular season meetings in 1938, 1978 and 1992. Both NCAA tournament meetings were one-goal affairs.

No. 1 VIRGINIA vs. No. 5 CORNELL

Series: Virginia leads 5-2
NCAA series: Virginia leads 3-2 (Won in 1979, 1980 and 2002 quarterfinals; lost in 1974 quarterfinals and 1988 semifinals)
Last meeting: Virginia won 14-10 on March 8 at Klockner Stadium

Funny how these teams hadn’t met in the regular season since 1971 before this year, and now get a second matchup. The Big Red led 7-6 at halftime in Charlottesville, but Chad Gaudet won 11 of 13 faceoffs after the break. An odd note on the five postseason meetings: The winner has never gone on to win a national title.

Patrick Stevens

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