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Syracuse Is Better Than The United States Army

Down 3-2 at halftime on Sunday, one might have felt a sense of "here we go again" with the Syracuse Men's Lacrosse team. Certainly the 2007 team would have likely lost this one. But this year, Syracuse outscored Army 4-1 in the third quarter and eventually outlasted the Black Knights 8-7 to improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2004.

Senior attackman Mike Leveille and junior attackman Greg Niewieroski accounted for seven of the Orange’s eight goals and Leveille continued his streak of consecutive games with at least one point to 41, finishing with six points (4 goals, 2 assists).

The Orange move up to #7 in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse Poll. Johns Hopkins remains #1 with Duke a close second.

And so, with the nicities out of the way, the Orange enter a hellish stretch of schedule that begins against #3 Virginia in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic on Saturday. They then welcome #9 Georgetown the following Saturday and head to #1 Johns Hopkins the following week. Giddy up.

But what of the ladies? The #5 women's team has a slightly more easy-going day, defeating Dartmouth 18-5 on Saturday. How dominating were the women? They scored the first eleven points of the game and didn't let up a goal until the third period. They forced Dartmouth to commit 23 turnovers and kept them to just 15 shots on goal compared to 51 for the Orange.

The Orange move up to #4 in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse Poll. Northwestern remains #1.

And the men aren't the only ones stepping up to early-season challenges. The women's team travel for the first time this season when it takes on No. 2/2 Virginia on Saturday.