Duke lacrosse is just two years removed from a national championship. The team's made it to the last three final fours and has won 45 games since 2010. The Blue Devils lost stars like Rob Rotanz and C.J. Costibile, but they still have plenty of fire power returning in 2013. Here's a look at their star studded group.
The unit had the teams two leading scorers on the team in 2012. Jordan Wolf and Christian Walsh combined for 114 points. Of course, it doesn't stop there. Duke welcomes freshman phenom Case Matheis in 2013. Matheis is the top freshman according to Inside Lacrosse's Power 100 freshman.
With this group, look no further than seniors Jake Tripucka and David Lawson. Tripucka was fantastic in 2012, he tallied at least one point in 14 games. Lawson was also pretty consistent. He managed five multi-point games and picked up 30 ground balls.
This is probably the weakest unit on the team but has a lot of potential. Henry Lobb and Luke Duprey are both primed to have break-out years in 2013. Keep an eye out for those two.
Dan Wigrizer returns for his senior season. He was great in 2012, stoping 129 shots in 14 games. The netminder finished allowing under nine goals-per-game and with how good this offense will be this season, that should be more than enough to win a lot of games.
The Blue Devils lost a lot when Costibile graduated. Just last season, he took 272 faceoffs and won 52.6% of them. Those are big shoes to fill, but the Blue Devils do bring back Brendan Fowler. The junior took 149 face-offs in 2012 and won 60.4%. Plus, he's had time to learn from Costabile. Duke should be just fine.
With all this fire power, the boys from Durham shouldn't miss a beat in 2013. Don't be surprised if they're right back in the Final Four.