|Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse|
|Head coach||John Desko (since 1998 season)|
|Stadium|| Carrier Dome |
|Location||Syracuse, New York|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|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
|Conference Tournament championships|
|(4) - 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016|
|Conference regular season championships|
|(5) - 2010, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2018|
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 University is a private research university in Syracuse, New York, United States. The institution's roots can be traced to the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, founded in 1831 by the Methodist Episcopal Church in Lima, New York. After several years of debate over relocating the college to Syracuse, the university was established in 1870, independent of the college. Since 1920, the university has identified itself as nonsectarian, although it maintains a relationship with The United Methodist Church.
NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition.
College lacrosse is played by student-athletes at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. In both countries, men's field lacrosse and women's lacrosse are played at both the varsity and club levels. College lacrosse in Canada is sponsored by the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA) and Maritime University Field Lacrosse League (MUFLL), while in the United States, varsity men's and women's lacrosse is governed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and National Association of Intercolliegiate Athletics (NAIA). There are also university lacrosse programs in the United Kingdom sponsored by British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and programs in Japan.
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.
The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association is an association of member institutions and organizations with college lacrosse programs at all levels of competition, including the three NCAA divisions and non-NCAA schools, at both the varsity and club levels for men and women. The association traces its history through predecessor organizations back to 1882, although it received its present name and became a governing body with unlimited membership in 1926. The association is based in Louisville, Kentucky.
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 independent lacrosse schools are four-year institutions in the United States that do not belong to a lacrosse-only conference or a primary all-sports conference that sponsors lacrosse. As of the 2016–17 academic year there are 22 men's and 9 women's lacrosse programs in Division I, Division II, and Division III that compete as independents.
The Big East Conference was a collegiate athletics conference that consisted of as many as 16 universities in the eastern half of the United States from 1979 to 2013. The conference's members participated in 24 NCAA sports. The conference had a history of success at the national level in basketball throughout its history, while its shorter football program, created by inviting one college and four other "associate members" into the conference, resulted in two national championships.
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic conference in the United States of America in which its fifteen member universities compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest levels for athletic competition in US-based collegiate sports. The ACC sponsors competition in twenty-five sports with many of its member institutions' athletic programs held in high regard nationally. Current members of the conference are Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, the University of Louisville, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Wake Forest University.
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.
The 1983 Division I NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship game was played at Rutgers University in front of 15,672 fans.
The 1988 tournament championship game was played at Syracuse University in front of 20,148 fans. The Syracuse Orangemen defeated the Cornell Big Red, 13-8 for the first of their three straight NCAA titles.
The 1989 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Tournament was the 19th annual Division I NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament. Twelve NCAA Division I college men's lacrosse teams met after having played their way through a regular season, and for some, a conference tournament.
The Orange's eleven NCAA championship titles are the most since the NCAA began holding tournaments in 1971 NCAA Division I.
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.
The Georgetown Hoyas are the athletics teams that officially represent Georgetown University in college sports. Part of the NCAA's Division I, the Hoyas field 23 varsity level sports teams, most of which participate in the Big East Conference, with the exception of the Division I FCS Patriot League in football. In late 2012, Georgetown and six other Catholic, non-FBS schools announced that they were departing the Big East for a new conference. The rowing and sailing teams also participate in east coast conferences. The men's basketball team is the school's most famous and most successful program, but Hoyas have achieved success in a wide range of sports.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's lacrosse team represents the University of Notre Dame in NCAA Division I men's college lacrosse. Notre Dame competes as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and plays its home games at Arlotta Family Lacrosse Stadium or the indoor Loftus Sports Center before it is warm enough outside each season, in Notre Dame, Indiana.
The Providence Friars are the athletic teams of Providence College. They compete in the Big East Conference for every sport except for ice hockey, where they compete in Hockey East. The Big East Conference was founded in 1979 by former athletic director and men's basketball coach Dave Gavitt. On December 15, 2012, Providence and the other seven Catholic, non-FBS schools announced that they were departing the Big East for a new conference; on March 7, 2013, it was officially confirmed that Providence's new conference would operate under the Big East name. The women's volleyball team, which had been an associate member of the America East Conference before the Big East split, remained in that conference for one more season before joining the Big East for the 2014 season.
Syracuse has had four men's lacrosse head coaches since 1916:
As of 2019, those coaches combined for an 806-309-15 record, which is a .722 winning percentage, with 14 total national titles.
Twelve Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse players have been four-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-Americans:
Syracuse has also produced two Tewaaraton Trophy winners:
Twenty-three Orange men's lacrosse players and coaches are enshrined in the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame:
Only Johns Hopkins (63) and Maryland (31) have more inductees in the Hall of Fame.
At least one former Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse player has been inducted in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame:
Several former Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse players have been inducted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame:
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.
The following is a list of Syracuse’s results by season as a NCAA Division I program:
|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|
|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|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
The Syracuse Orange are the athletic teams that represent Syracuse University. The school is a member of NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Coast Conference. Until 2013, Syracuse was a member of the Big East Conference.
Gary Charles Gait is a Canadian retired professional lacrosse player and currently the head coach of the women's lacrosse team at Syracuse University, where he played the sport collegiately. On January 24, 2017, he was named the Interim Commissioner of the United Women's Lacrosse League.
Paul Gait is widely regarded as one of the best lacrosse players of all time and is the current Vice President of the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League. Gait, along with his twin brother Gary Gait, had outstanding playing careers at Syracuse University, in the National Lacrosse League, Major League Lacrosse, the Western Lacrosse Association, and at the international level for Canada.
John Desko is the head coach of the men's lacrosse team at Syracuse University, taking over in 1999 from Hall of Fame coach Roy Simmons Jr.
Tom "Hollywood" Marechek is a retired professional lacrosse player.
The Lt. Donald MacLaughlin Jr. Award — also known as the "Don MacLaughlin Award" — has been given annually since 1973 by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) to the NCAA's most outstanding college lacrosse midfielder. The award is presented to the best midfielder in Division I, Division II, and — until recently — Division III. The outstanding midfielder in Division III now receives the new "Fran McCall Award". Also, the new "Long Pole Midfielder of the Year" award is given in Divisions II and III.
Tim Nelson was a three-time first-team All-American NCAA lacrosse player at Syracuse University from 1983 to 1985.
The 1990 tournament championship game was played at Rutgers University in front of 19,070 fans. The Syracuse Orangemen defeated the Loyola Greyhounds, 21–9.
The Wingate Memorial Trophy was the award given to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national champion in men's college lacrosse from 1936 to 1970, and the NCAA Men's Champion in 1971-1972.
The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays men's lacrosse team represents Johns Hopkins University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college lacrosse. Starting in 2015, the Blue Jays have represented the Big Ten Conference.
The Maryland Terrapins men's lacrosse team represents the University of Maryland in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I lacrosse as a member of the Big Ten Conference. Maryland was a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference before withdrawing after the 2014 season.
Lacrosse has been played in Pennsylvania since the 19th century. There are many respected amateur programs at the club, college, and high school level, as well as several respected past and present professional teams in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and Major League Lacrosse (MLL).
Richard Edell was an American lacrosse coach. He served as the head coach for the University of Maryland, United States Military Academy, and University of Baltimore's men's lacrosse teams. Edell was inducted into the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2004, at which time he held the second-most NCAA tournament appearances of any head coach.
The Army Black Knights men's lacrosse team represents the United States Military Academy in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's lacrosse competition. During the team's 92-year history, it has won eight national championships and made fifteen postseason NCAA tournament appearances. The team currently holds the fifth-most wins of any team, with an all-time record of 705–332–7.
John Zulberti was a four-time All-American NCAA lacrosse player at Syracuse University from 1986 to 1989. The Orange won NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships in 1988 and 1989 with Zulberti teaming up perennial all-timers Gary Gait, Paul Gait and Tom Marechek.
The NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament determines the annual top men's field lacrosse team in the NCAA Division I. This tournament has determined the national champion since the inaugural 1971 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship. From 1936 through 1970, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) awarded the Wingate Memorial Trophy to the NCAA Division I annual champion based on regular season records.
Roy D. Simmons Jr. is a former American lacrosse coach who was the head coach of the Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse team from 1971 to 1998. Simmons' teams won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men's Lacrosse Championship six times, and appeared in the national semifinals 16 consecutive seasons. He won the F. Morris Touchstone Award for the coach of the year in NCAA men's lacrosse in 1980, and was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1991.
Roy D. Simmons Sr. was an American lacrosse coach who was the head coach of the Syracuse Orangemen men's lacrosse team from 1931 to 1970. Simmons's teams posted more than 250 wins in his career, and he is a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. As a lacrosse player, he was an All-American in 1924 and a member of Syracuse's 1924 and 1925 national championship-winning teams. Simmons was also a quarterback for the Syracuse football team, and a boxing and football assistant coach at the university for more than 30 years.