Lost in the madness of the weekend was the fact that the Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse team lost to the 1-5 Villanova Wildcats. Of course, Villanova's record was a bit misleading but...yeesh. Not out of the woods yet, I guess.
College Crosse has compiled all of the rankings and you'll see that across the list, 5-2 Syracuse is an aggregate No. 8 overall. However, specifically in the media and coaches polls, the Orange dropped to No. 9. LaxPower, which is a bit more math-y, has Syracuse all the way down at No. 13.
So what the heck happened? Villanova played a complete game, that's what:
It took four quarters of effort for Villanova to drop Syracuse -- the first time this season that the Wildcats have played a full 60 minutes and earned a victory against a quality opponent -- and the Wildcats accomplished the feat in the hardest way possible: By being decent but not fantastic.
Add to it that Syracuse played sloppy (SU turned the ball over on 59% of their possessions), and it means this Orange squad isn't quite as "back" as hoped.
For his part, JoJo Marasco stepped up after the loss to promise change...
to all the cuse lax fans ! #believe we will make u proud this year ! we played a great team today. I promise you right now we will make a— jojo marasco (@jojomarasco22) March 24, 2013
Syracuse will have a chance at that redemption this Friday, March 29 when Canisius comes to the Carrier Dome. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports.