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Despite Jake Naso's rise this season, the Blue Devils went just 10-for-22 on faceoffs in their 14-5 loss to Maryland.

Once labeled a possible superteam, Duke men's lacrosse completes season short of its potential

The so-called "potential superteam" never seemed unbeatable throughout the year and was more than susceptible to losing in a Final Four that included all four of the tournament's top seeds.  But when the Blue Devils boast the defensive player of the year, a Tewaaraton finalist, eight total All-Americans and the winningest coach in Division I history, it was always championship or bust for Duke, who looked anything but super in the semifinals.

Adler, a second-team All-American, has been an instrumental part of Duke's success this season.

Avid surfer, shark attack survivor, All-American: Meet Duke men’s lacrosse goalie Mike Adler

Mike Adler wasn’t supposed to be a lacrosse star. He and his brother played baseball as kids. When he was in high school, he wanted to become a professional surfer. Even once he decided to pursue playing college lacrosse, schools told him he wasn't good enough to play at that level. And at 16 years old, he nearly lost his foot in a shark attack.