When Syracuse finally relented last year and agreed to join the Big East Lacrosse Conference next season in its inaugural year, concerns were a-plenty. The Orange would have to replace some long-standing rivalry games with newbies like Providence and St. John's, diluting the strength of schedule. Besides, was it even a good idea to stuff all these schools together, most of whom have no traditional history together on a lacrosse field?
Well if the season so far is an indication of how things will be in Big East lacrosse, you've got nothing to worry about. For example:
- Three "Big East" teams are currently ranked (#2 Syracuse, #7 Notre Dame and #12 Georgetown) and a fourth team is knocking on the door (3-0 Villanova).
- Relative D-1 lacrosse upstart St. John's (3-0) is coming off a program-making win over then-#5 Georgetown. Proof that no one is going to lay down in the conference.
- Only two teams having losing records, 0-2 Providence is still just getting their feet under them and 1-3 Rutgers is going through a dry spell. The overall record of the "Big East" teams is a respectable 13-7.
It won't be the most dominant conference in all the land overnight. It might not ever be at all. But Big East lacrosse will be a respectable enterprise when it premieres next year. And we've still got a long way to go, so this is before any of those teams make the Tourney, Final Four or even win the whole damn thing.