PREGAME: Duke vs. Johns Hopkins

Wow. If the first game of the NCAA semifinals is any indication of how good the Blue Devils-Blue Jays matchup will be, then we're in for one hell of a day.

Facing an 8-3 deficit, No. 3 Syracuse marched all the way back against No. 2 Virginia. The Orange forced overtime by knotting it at 11 all, then brought the impressively packed Gillette Stadium to its feet when they stole the game on a Mike Leveille goal with 1:43 left in the second overtime.

The Syracuse players rushed the field, mobbing Leveille at midfield while the Cavaliers were scattered around the field on their knees in disbelief. Now the Orange await the winner of Duke and Johns Hopkins for the national championship on Monday at 1 p.m.

The players are warming up right now, stretching, passing and catching, and shooting on the net. The game should be kicking off in about eight minutes. Stay tuned.

--Matthew Iles


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