Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse

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Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse
Syracuse Orange logo.svg
Founded1916
Head coach John Desko (since 1998 season)
Stadium Carrier Dome
(capacity: 49,250)
Location Syracuse, New York
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Nickname Orange
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

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 University located in Syracuse, New York, United States

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 highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association

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.

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History

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 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.

Big East Conference (1979–2013) U.S. college athletic conference, 1979–2013

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.

Atlantic Coast Conference American collegiate athletics conference

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.

NCAA national championships

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]

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.

Jovan Miller of Syracuse defends Army in 2010. Army-Syracuse lacrosse 2010.jpg
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. Syracuse lacrosse at the WH.jpg
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

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.

Georgetown Hoyas intercollegiate sports teams of Georgetown University

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.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish mens lacrosse

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.

Providence Friars

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.

Head coaches

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.

Individual honors and awards

USILA All-Americans

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

Tewaaraton Trophy

Syracuse has also produced two Tewaaraton Trophy winners:

US Lacrosse Hall of Fame

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 Fame

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

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

Traditions

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 Results

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

SeasonCoachOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
Roy Simmons Jr. (Independent)(1971–1998)
1971Roy Simmons Jr.9-4
1972Roy Simmons Jr.8-8
1973Roy Simmons Jr.4-6
1974Roy Simmons Jr.2-9
1975Roy Simmons Jr.3-8
1976Roy Simmons Jr.7-4
1977Roy Simmons Jr.8-6
1978Roy Simmons Jr.10-3
1979Roy Simmons Jr.10-5 NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1980Roy Simmons Jr.12-2 NCAA Division I Final Four
1981Roy Simmons Jr.7-4 NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1982Roy Simmons Jr.6-4
1983Roy Simmons Jr.14-1 NCAA Division I Champion
1984Roy Simmons Jr.15-1 NCAA Division I Runner-Up
1985Roy Simmons Jr.14-2 NCAA Division I Runner-Up
1986Roy Simmons Jr.14-3 NCAA Division I Final Four
1987Roy Simmons Jr.9-4 NCAA Division I Final Four
1988Roy Simmons Jr.15-0 NCAA Division I Champion
1989Roy Simmons Jr.14-1 NCAA Division I Champion
1990Roy Simmons Jr.13-0 NCAA Division I Champion
1991Roy Simmons Jr.12-3 NCAA Division I Final Four
1992Roy Simmons Jr.13-2 NCAA Division I Runner-Up
1993Roy Simmons Jr.12-2 NCAA Division I Champion
1994Roy Simmons Jr.13-2 NCAA Division I Final Four
1995Roy Simmons Jr.13-2 NCAA Division I Champion
1996Roy Simmons Jr.11-4 NCAA Division I Final Four
1997Roy Simmons Jr.11-3 NCAA Division I Final Four
1998Roy Simmons Jr.11-3 NCAA Division I Final Four
Roy Simmons Jr.:290-96
John Desko (Independent)(1999–2009)
1999John Desko12-5 NCAA Division I Runner-Up
2000John Desko15-1 NCAA Division I Champion
2001John Desko13-3 NCAA Division I Runner-Up
2002John Desko15-2 NCAA Division I Champion
2003John Desko10-6 NCAA Division I Final Four
2004John Desko15-2 NCAA Division I Champion
2005John Desko7-6 NCAA Division I First Round
2006John Desko10-5 NCAA Division I Final Four
2007John Desko5-8
2008John Desko16-2 NCAA Division I Champion
2009John Desko16-2 NCAA Division I Champion
John Desko (Big East Conference)(2010–2013)
2010John Desko13-26-01st NCAA Division I First Round
2011John Desko15-26-01st NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2012John Desko9-83-34th NCAA Division I First Round
2013John Desko16-45-1T-1st NCAA Division I Runner-Up
John Desko (Atlantic Coast Conference)(2014–Present)
2014John Desko11-52-33rd NCAA Division I First Round
2015John Desko13-32-23rd NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2016John Desko12-52-2T-3rd NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2017John Desko13-34-01st NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2018John Desko8-74-01st NCAA Division I First Round
2019John Desko9-52-2T-2nd NCAA Division I First Round
John Desko:253-8636-13
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

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References

Notes

  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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