Former Highland Park two-sport star Chris Hipps and the Duke Blue Devils defeated Syracuse, 16-10, on Monday in the NCAA lacrosse national championship game in Philadelphia.
The junior defenseman, who also played wide receiver for Highland Park’s football team, started the title game, which Duke trailed, 5-0, at one point.
Along the way to winning the program’s second national title, the Blue Devils (16-5) knocked off defending national champion Loyola, Notre Dame, and Cornell in the postseason.
Hipps (6-4, 211) played in all 21 games and had 36 ground balls. He has started nearly every game in his three seasons with the Blue Devils. His former coach at Highland Park, Derek Thomson, also played lacrosse for Duke. Hipps helped the Scots win three straight state titles before heading to Durham.