DENVER, CO - MAY 12: Stephen Peyser #18 of the Long Island Lizards shoots on goal as Casey Cittadino #5 of the Denver Outlaws defends at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on May 12, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Outlaws defeated the Lizards 19-11. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
The Syracuse Orange lacrosse season is over for both the men's and women's programs but there's still a way to combine Syracuse and lacrosse this summer. Syracuse legend Jim Brown, arguably the greatest lacrosse player of all time, is a minority partner in a group that just purchased the MLL's Long Island Lizards on Wednesday.
Jim Brown added, "Not everyone knows this, but lacrosse has always been my favorite sport along with football. I started playing at Manhasset High School, not too far from the Lizards' home field at Hofstra in Hempstead.
"I was an All American lacrosse player at Syracuse and our team went undefeated in my senior year. This sport is ready to explode and I am proud to be a part of it. I am passionate about the Lizards and plan to be at our next home game at Hofstra on Long Island, June 1st, one hour before the 7 p.m. game time, to meet the fans. It will be a bit of a homecoming for me and I am excited beyond words."
Brown will be at the Lizard's home game on Friday.
Former Orange Chris Daniello and Steve Panarelli are on the team, which is 1-2 on the season so far. The Lizards are one of the original teams in the MLL, winning the league championship in 2001 and 2003. They lost in the 2010 finals to their rival, the Chesapeake Bayhawks.