The semifinals of the 2013 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament get underway on Saturday from Philadelphia. Cornell and seventh-seeded Duke get things started at 2:30 p.m. ET, and No. 4 seed Denver takes on top seed Syracuse in the second game, which is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Both games will be shown live on ESPN2.
The Big Red punched their ticket to Philadelphia by beating Maryland, 16-8, and then pounding Ohio State, 16-6, in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Their opponent in the semis, Duke, took out defending champion Loyola Maryland and Notre Dame to get there, both by 12-11 scores. Syracuse got to the semifinals by beating Bryant, 12-7, and then slipping past Yale, 7-6, in the quarterfinals. Denver took care of Albany, 19-14, then edged North Carolina, 12-11.
The Orange are gunning for their 12th NCAA lacrosse title. The other three schools in the semifinals have combined to win only four titles.