Bill Conners (right) and Duke vanquished Rob Pannell and the Big Red to move on to the NCAA lacrosse finals.
Bill Conners (right) and Duke vanquished Rob Pannell and the Big Red to move on to the NCAA lacrosse finals.
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (AP) -- David Lawson scored the winning goal with 6:35 left in the fourth quarter to lift Duke to a 16-14 victory against Cornell in the NCAA lacrosse semifinals at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday.

Duke (15-5) advances to Monday's championship to play the winner of the other semifinal between Syracuse and Denver.

The Blue Devils are in the finals for the first time since 2010, when they won their only national championship.

Cornell's Rob Pannell became the NCAA Division I career scoring leader with five goals and two assists to give him 354 career points, passing the mark held by former Duke star Matt Danowski.

Duke broke open what had been a close game by outscoring Cornell (14-6) 7-1 in the third quarter to wipe out a 5-2 deficit.

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