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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.

Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse
Syracuse Orange logo.svg
Founded1916
Head coachJohn Desko (since 1998 season)
StadiumCarrier Dome
(capacity: 49,250)
LocationSyracuse, New York
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
NicknameOrange
ColorsOrange[1]
    
Pre-NCAA era championships
(5) - 1920, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1957
NCAA Tournament championships
(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
(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, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
NCAA Tournament appearances
(38) - 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, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament Championships Vacated
1990
Conference Tournament championships
(4) - 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
Conference regular season championships
(5) - 2010, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2018

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HistoryEdit

Syracuse played its first intercollegiate lacrosse game in 1916, and captured its first United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse League (USILL) co-championship in 1920 based on winning its division. It would go on to claim USILL championships in 1922, 1924, and 1925 and a coaches' poll national championship in 1957.[2]

The men's lacrosse team competed as independents until 2010 when the former Big East Conference began sponsoring men's lacrosse. It joined the Atlantic Coast Conference from the 2014 season onwards following the athletics program's switch to the ACC.

NCAA national championshipsEdit

In the modern NCAA era, Syracuse has won 11 national championship titles, in 1983, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, and 2009, with the one 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.[3]

 
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.[4]

 
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 lacrosseEdit

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 coachesEdit

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), 253-85-0 record, .749 winning percentage

As of 2019, those coaches combined for an 806-309-15 record, which is a .722 winning percentage, with 14 total national titles.

Individual honors and awardsEdit

USILA All-AmericansEdit

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

Tewaaraton TrophyEdit

Syracuse has also produced two Tewaaraton Trophy winners:

US Lacrosse Hall of FameEdit

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)
  • John Zulberti (2015)

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

Canadian Lacrosse Hall of FameEdit

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 FameEdit

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 Marechek (2007)

TraditionsEdit

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, Jojo Marasco and most recently Jordan Evans.

Season ResultsEdit

The following is a list of Syracuse’s results by season as a NCAA Division I program:

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Roy Simmons Jr. (Independent) (1971–1998)
1971 Roy Simmons Jr. 9-4
1972 Roy Simmons Jr. 8-8
1973 Roy Simmons Jr. 4-6
1974 Roy Simmons Jr. 2-9
1975 Roy Simmons Jr. 3-8
1976 Roy Simmons Jr. 7-4
1977 Roy Simmons Jr. 8-6
1978 Roy Simmons Jr. 10-3
1979 Roy Simmons Jr. 10-5 NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1980 Roy Simmons Jr. 12-2 NCAA Division I Final Four
1981 Roy Simmons Jr. 7-4 NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1982 Roy Simmons Jr. 6-4
1983 Roy Simmons Jr. 14-1 NCAA Division I Champion
1984 Roy Simmons Jr. 15-1 NCAA Division I Runner-Up
1985 Roy Simmons Jr. 14-2 NCAA Division I Runner-Up
1986 Roy Simmons Jr. 14-3 NCAA Division I Final Four
1987 Roy Simmons Jr. 9-4 NCAA Division I Final Four
1988 Roy Simmons Jr. 15-0 NCAA Division I Champion
1989 Roy Simmons Jr. 14-1 NCAA Division I Champion
1990 Roy Simmons Jr. 13-0 NCAA Division I Champion
1991 Roy Simmons Jr. 12-3 NCAA Division I Final Four
1992 Roy Simmons Jr. 13-2 NCAA Division I Runner-Up
1993 Roy Simmons Jr. 12-2 NCAA Division I Champion
1994 Roy Simmons Jr. 13-2 NCAA Division I Final Four
1995 Roy Simmons Jr. 13-2 NCAA Division I Champion
1996 Roy Simmons Jr. 11-4 NCAA Division I Final Four
1997 Roy Simmons Jr. 11-3 NCAA Division I Final Four
1998 Roy Simmons Jr. 11-3 NCAA Division I Final Four
Roy Simmons Jr.: 290-96
John Desko (Independent) (1999–2009)
1999 John Desko 12-5 NCAA Division I Runner-Up
2000 John Desko 15-1 NCAA Division I Champion
2001 John Desko 13-3 NCAA Division I Runner-Up
2002 John Desko 15-2 NCAA Division I Champion
2003 John Desko 10-6 NCAA Division I Final Four
2004 John Desko 15-2 NCAA Division I Champion
2005 John Desko 7-6 NCAA Division I First Round
2006 John Desko 10-5 NCAA Division I Final Four
2007 John Desko 5-8
2008 John Desko 16-2 NCAA Division I Champion
2009 John Desko 16-2 NCAA Division I Champion
John Desko (Big East Conference) (2010–2013)
2010 John Desko 13-2 6-0 1st NCAA Division I First Round
2011 John Desko 15-2 6-0 1st NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2012 John Desko 9-8 3-3 4th NCAA Division I First Round
2013 John Desko 16-4 5-1 T-1st NCAA Division I Runner-Up
John Desko (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2014–Present)
2014 John Desko 11-5 2-3 3rd NCAA Division I First Round
2015 John Desko 13-3 2-2 3rd NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2016 John Desko 12-5 2-2 T-3rd NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2017 John Desko 13-3 4-0 1st NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2018 John Desko 8-7 4-0 1st NCAA Division I First Round
2019 John Desko 9-5 2-2 T-2nd NCAA Division I First Round
John Desko: 253-86 36-13
Total: 543-182

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Colors". Syracuse University Brand Guidelines. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Syracuse Loses Lacrosse Title". The New York Times. 1995-06-11. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
  4. ^ "Division I Men's Lacrosse History". NCAA. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-17.

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