The ACC Dominates College Lacrosse in 2010

While Maryland didn't face another ACC team on its championship march, frequent meetings between the conference schools helped both of this year's national title winners reach the top of the sport. The Terps (22-1) went 6-1 against conference competition, avenging a loss to North Carolina in the ACC tournament final.

That event in particular -- which requires two games in three days, much like the Final Four format -- is a crucial platform for helping the conference in the postseason.

"It is hard because you see everybody in the regular season and then one or two teams in the ACC tournament and then you get to the NCAA tournament and it's likely you're going to see another one of them in that time," Reese said. "We're all very familiar with each other across the board in the ACC."

Meanwhile, the Duke men (16-4), who had won the previous three conference tournaments, arguably benefitted from a semifinal ouster from the conference tournament. The Blue Devils rebounded to beat both North Carolina and Virginia en route to a 6-5 overtime defeat of Notre Dame in the Memorial Day title game.

Not that it was easy -- as Danowski learned shortly after taking the job in Durham four years ago.

"From the first day I came to Duke and the first time we played Maryland at Byrd Stadium, you could see and feel the difference in the athletes," Danowski said. "The size, speed and obviously the great coaching."

After conference schools hauled home national title trophies in the last week, it's hard to argue with him.

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2010-06-07



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