The Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse team is an enigma wrapped in a riddle nestled in a quandary. That's all well and good when they're beating top-ten teams but it's a really frustrating thing when they're barely holding on to beat Binghamton in the Dome.
And so my suggestion is that we all take time to recognize Syracuse University's most rock-solid lacrosse program…the women's squad.
In case you haven't been following them (and I'm among the guilty), the Orange are currently No. 3 in the nation with an 11-1 record. They have wins over No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Boston College, No. 7 Northwestern and No. 8 Duke. Their lone loss was a 12-10 defeat to the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins, so, that's not so bad.
Oh, by the way, all SU Women's Lacrosse has done since Gary Gait took over in 2007 is go to three Final Fours in five seasons, including an appearance in the 2012 National Title game a.k.a. The Stall To End Them All.
So, you're buying in. What, or who, do you need to know?
Alyssa Murray: The senior attack is the crafty veteran of the squad. The reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Week recorded her 300th career point (3rd player in SU history to do it). She's currently 11th in the nation in scoring (26) and assists (23).
Kayla Treanor: The sophomore is Syracuse's leading scorer with 64 points. She hit the career 100 goal-mark faster than any player in program history (30 games) and is fourth in the nation scoring, fifth in goals and 14th in assists. She's doing very well.
Natalie Glanell: The senior was ACC Defensive Player of the Week a couple weeks back. She has 14 ground balls, seven caused turnovers and five draw controls. I'm not entirely sure what that last one is but it sounds good.
There's also midfielder Erica Bodt, who's making a late-season surge, midfielder Katie Webster, who's third on the squad in points, and freshman attack Taylor Poplawski, who's fourth in points and is a star-in-the-making.
You've got four more games to get in on. The Orange travel to Virginia Tech (7-5) on Saturday, then host No. 1 North Carolina (10-0) the following Saturday, travel to Cornell (4-5) on April 15 and then end the regular season with a clash against No. 6 Notre Dame (7-4) on April 19.
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