Orange Head To South Bend, Frisky Irish & Sold-Out Crowd Awaits

Notre Dame is pulling out all the stops for the No. 2 Syracuse Orange when they come to town Saturday to play the Irish.  And by "all the stops," I mean they're handing out towels.

The Syracuse University men’s lacrosse team knows what it is getting into Saturday night on the campus of Notre Dame University. The game at Arlotta Stadium, the Irish’s new 2,000-plus seat state-of-the art lacrosse venue, has been sold out for nearly a month. Fans in attendance will be provided with a white rally towel, which by definition presumes that the Irish will need to rally.

BOOM ROASTED, Rahme-style.

That's par for the course when you're Syracuse lacrosse.  The Irish are having a down year at 7-5 but a win over the best program of all time cures all ills.  As for SU, players like Joel White aren't getting too jumpy.

"I think we’re just going to go in there and try to play a lacrosse game and see how we come out."

Specific.

The Irish started off the year very strong with an 11-7 win over now-No.5 Duke and an 11-9 win over now-No. 6 Loyola.  After a 3-0 start, the Irish were ranked No. 4 in the nation. Then the bottom dropped out and the Irish have only recently righted the ship to get up to 7-5.  Their SOS is a huge reason as to why they're still in the NCAA Tournament hunt and the Syracuse game will make-or-break their season.  Win, and they probably have done enough to sneak into the tourney. Lose and it's time to play golf.

For the Orange, they'll need to win out to maintain their hold on the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.  Assuming Virginia wins out, they've got the top spot locked up.  SU is now in a dogfight with Maryland and North Carolina for the No. 2 spot and it's going to come down to SOS, quality wins and overall wins.  The Orange can only do so much against the ACC Conference set-up, beating Notre Dame and then St. John's is the least of it.

  • Stress ball: In times of turbulence, Miller turns to lacrosse as personal sanctuary...Daily Orange
  • Syracuse lacrosse team set to tackle sellout crowd in South Bend...Dave Rahme
  • Notre Dame lacrosse: Krebs propels ND...South Bend Tribune
  • Tierney's arrival spurs Denver's success...ESPN

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