Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse

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Syracuse Orange
SyracuseOrange.svg
Founded 1916
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Location Syracuse, New York
Coach John Desko (since 1998)
Stadium Carrier Dome
(capacity: 49,250)
Nickname Orange
Colors Orange and Navy
         
Pre-NCAA Era Champions
(5) - 1920, 1922, 1924, 1925 1957
NCAA Tournament Champions
(11) - 1983, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009
NCAA Tournament Runner-Up
(6) - 1984, 1985, 1992, 1999, 2001, 2013
NCAA Tournament Final Fours
(27) - 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
(30) - 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
NCAA Tournament Appearances
(33) - 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
NCAA Tournament Results Vacated
1990
Conference Tournament Champions
2012, 2013
Conference Regular Season Champions
2011, 2013

The Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse team represents Syracuse University in NCAA Division I men's college lacrosse. The Orange have won 15 national championship titles, and currently compete as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference men's lacrosse conference. Syracuse plays its home games at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

History[edit]

Syracuse played its first intercollegiate lacrosse game in 1916, and captured its first United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse League (USILL) championship in 1920. It would go on to win USILL championships in 1922, 1924, and 1925 and a coaches' poll national championship in 1957.[1]

NCAA national championships[edit]

In the modern NCAA era, Syracuse has won 11 national championship titles, in 1983, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, and 2009, with one additional championship in 1990 vacated due to NCAA rules infractions after an investigation revealed that Nancy Simmons, the wife of Coach Roy Simmons, Jr., had co-signed a car loan for the team's star player, Paul Gait, in the 1990 season.[2]

Jovan Miller of Syracuse defends Army in 2010.

The Orange's eleven NCAA championship titles are the most since the NCAA began holding tournaments in 1971 NCAA Division I.[3] Johns Hopkins University's thirty-four overall national championships, including nine during the NCAA era, is still the pace-setter.

The 2008 Orange are honored at the White House by President of the United States George W. Bush in June 2008 for their winning the 2008 national championship.

Big East lacrosse[edit]

Syracuse was one of seven Big East Conference schools that formally began competing in men's lacrosse in 2010. Previously, Syracuse men's lacrosse had remained independent (i.e., unaffiliated with any athletic conference). The other six Big East schools were Georgetown, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, St. John's, and Villanova.

Head coaches[edit]

Syracuse has had four men's lacrosse head coaches since 1916:

  • Laurie D. Cox (1916–1930), 116-40-14 record, .724 winning percentage
  • Roy Simmons, Sr. (1931–1970), 253-130-1 record, .660 winning percentage
  • Roy Simmons, Jr. (1971–1998), 290-96-0 record, .751 winning percentage
  • John Desko (1999–present), 102-38-0 record, .729 winning percentage

As of 2010, those coaches combined for an 806-309-15 record, which is a .723 winning percentage, with 14 total national titles.

Individual honors and awards[edit]

USILA All-Americans[edit]

Twelve Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse players have been four-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-Americans:

Tewaaraton Trophy[edit]

Syracuse has also produced two Tewaaraton Trophy winners:

US Lacrosse Hall of Fame[edit]

Twenty-three Orange men's lacrosse players and coaches are enshrined in the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame:

  • Laurie D. Cox (1957)
  • Irving Lydecker (1960)
  • Frederick A. Fitch (1961)
  • Victor Ross (1962; a three-time All American)
  • David Periard Sr. (1964)
  • Evan Corbin Sr. (1965)
  • Victor J. Jenkins (1967)
  • William N. Ritch (1972)
  • Louis Robbins (1975)
  • Stewart Lindsay Jr. (1977)
  • John Desko (1979)
  • William L. Fuller (1982)
  • Jim Brown (1984)
  • Ron Fraser (1987)
  • Roy Simmons Jr. (1991)
  • Oren R. Lyons, Jr. (1992)
  • Dick Finley (1999)
  • Brad Kotz (2001)
  • Gary Gait (2005)
  • Thomas Ortese (2005)
  • Pat McCabe (2006)
  • Tim Nelson (2011)
  • Roy Colsey (2011)

Only Johns Hopkins (63) and Maryland (31) have more inductees in the Hall of Fame.

Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame[edit]

At least one former Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse player has been inducted in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame:

National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame[edit]

Several former Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse players have been inducted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame:

  • Gary Gait (2006)
  • Paul Gait (2006)
  • Tom Maracheck (2007)

Traditions[edit]

One notable tradition of the Syracuse program is the number 22 jersey, which is given to the player who is expected to be the team's best overall player. The number has been worn by Gary Gait, Charlie Lockwood, Casey Powell, Ryan Powell, Mike Powell, Dan Hardy, Cody Jamieson, and most recently Jojo Marasco. Syracuse recently announced that the number 22 jersey will next be worn by freshman Jordan Evans.

Annual Record Men's Lacrosse[edit]

Year Wins Losses Percent Conference Playoffs National Rank RPI SOS Power Rating (1)
2014 11 5 .690 3rd NCAA 1st Round (2) 4 2 2 9
2013 16 4 .800 1st NCAA Finalist (3) 2 1 7 10
2012 9 8 .530 4th NCAA 1st Round (4) 16 18 10 16
2011 15 2 .882 1st NCAA Quarterfinals (5) 5 1 3 5
2010 13 2 .870 1st NCAA 1st Round (6) 2 5 15 3
2009 16 2 .889 NCAA National Title (7) 1 1 4 1
2008 16 2 .889 NCAA National Title (8) 1 1 5 2
2007 5 8 .400 17 2 15
2006 10 5 .670 NCAA Semifinals (9) 7 1 7 7
2005 7 6 .540 NCAA 1st Round (10) 9 7 5 8
2004 15 2 .882 NCAA National Title (11) 1 1 3 2
2003 10 6 .630 NCAA Semifinals (12) 6 4 5
2002 15 2 .882 NCAA National Title (13) 1 6 1
2001 13 3 .813 NCAA Semifinals (14) 2 2 2
2000 15 1 .938 NCAA National Title (15) 1 3 1
(1) Laxpower Power Rating
(2) Lost NCAA 1st round 14-8 to Johns Hopkins.
(3) Won NCAA 1st round 13-12 over Bucknell. Won quarterfinal 13-9 over Cornell. Won semifinal 14-8 over Denver. Lost to Duke in NCAA Finals 16-10.
(4) Lost NCAA 1st round 12-9 to Duke.
(5) Won NCAA 1st round 18-4 over Mount Saint Mary's. Lost quarterfinal 6-5 to Maryland.
(6) Lost NCAA 1st round 9-8 to Army.
(7) Won NCAA 1st round 11-4 over Siena. Won quarterfinal 11-6 over Maryland. Won semifinal 17-7 over Duke.
Defeated Cornell in NCAA Finals 10-9 to win National Title.
(8) Won NCAA 1st round 20-3 over Canisius. Won quarterfinal 11-9 over Notre Dame. Won semifinal 12-11 over Virginia.
Defeated Johns Hopkins in NCAA Finals 13-10 to win National Title.
(9) Won NCAA 1st round 11-4 over Harvard. Won quarterfinal 13-12 over Johns Hopkins. Lost semifinal 17-10 to Virginia.
(10) Lost NCAA 1st round 16-15 to Massachusetts.
(11) Won NCAA 1st round 21-13 over Albany. Won quarterfinal 8-7 over Georgetown. Won semifinal 15-9 over Johns Hopkins.
Defeated Navy in NCAA Finals 14-13 to win National Title.
(12) Won NCAA 1st round 13-11 over Dartmouth. Won quarterfinal 15-5 over Princeton. Lost semifinal 19-8 to Johns Hopkins.
(13) Won quarterfinal 10-9 over Duke. Won semifinal 12-11 over Virginia.
Defeated Princeton in NCAA Finals 13-12 to win National Title.
(14) Won quarterfinal 18-13 over Hofstra. Won semifinal 12-5 over Notre Dame. Lost to Princeton in NCAA Finals 10-9.
(15) Won NCAA quarterfinal 17-13 over Georgetown. Won semifinal 14-12 over Johns Hopkins.
Defeated Princeton in NCAA Finals 13-7 to win National Title.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Prior to 1971, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) selected the national champion. From 1936 through 1970, the USILA awarded the Wingate Memorial Trophy to its selected annual champions, based on regular-season records. Since 1971, the annual NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament has determined the national champion. The Wingate Memorial Trophy was also presented to the first two NCAA champions (1971 and 1972) and was then retired.
  2. ^ "Syracuse Loses Lacrosse Title". The New York Times. 1995-06-11. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  3. ^ "Division I Men's Lacrosse History". NCAA. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 

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