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Duke tops Denver to reach NCAA lax final

<p>Kyle Keenan scored four goals and Duke beat Denver 15-12 on Saturday to reach the NCAA lacrosse championship game for the fifth time in 10 years.</p>

Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Keenan scored four goals and Duke beat Denver 15-12 on Saturday to reach the NCAA lacrosse championship game for the fifth time in 10 years.

The defending-champion Blue Devils will try to become the first team in five years to win back-to-back titles when they face either Notre Dame or Maryland on Monday.

Jordan Wolf and Deemer Class had three goals each for the Blue Devils, who took the lead for good when Keenan spun in close on the left side and scored with 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the first half to make it 5-4.

Wolf added a goal off a rebound moments later and Duke led 8-4 at halftime.

The Pioneers trimmed a five-goal deficit to one twice in the fourth quarter but Duke responded with goals both times and pulled away.

Denver was led by Wesley Berg's five goals.

Notre Dame and Maryland were playing the late semifinal game Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium, which will host the final on Monday.

The Blue Devils also won the title in 2010. They made the final in 2005 and 2007, losing to Johns Hopkins both times.

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