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Syracuse Lacrosse Is Gooder Then Other Lacrosses

It says a lot about the power of the pigskin that Cuse Nation would gladly obsess over a 2-10 football team all weekend rather than bask in the glory of two national powerhouse lacrosse programs. But such is life.

Lost in all the hub-bub about football this weekend was the SU men's lacrosse team's 10-5 win over Albany on Friday. In what amounts to a low-scoring affair for the Orange, Mike Leveille led Syracuse with three goals, extended his consecutive-game scoring streak to 51. Kenny Nims, Greg Niewieroski and midfielder Steven Brooks all added two goals apiece. It was all a little too much for Albany goalie Brent Queener, he who likes to wear tights in games (but not this one).

The Orange’s nine straight wins is the longest regular-season winning streak since 1994. They will look to match that squad when they play its final home regular-season game against Massachusetts on Saturday. The Orange will look to avenge last year's 9-7 loss to the Minutemen and get a little payback for the basketball team in the process.

Clearly, the media are beginning to buy in to the Syracuse Orange as SU moved within one point of Duke for the #1 ranking overall. The #2 Orange received 9 first-place votes (to Duke's 10). Virginia, SU's lone vanquisher this season, remains #3. One random note that says everything you need to know about lacrosse and rankings...5-5 Johns Hopkins is #6 in the nation.

As for the ladies, it was a weekend for firsts. With their 19-8 win over Loyola on Saturday, the Orange (13-2) claimed their first outright Big East regular-season title in school history. The Orange finished undefeated in the conference (5-0), another first. Superhuman Katie Rowan did lots of stuff...
Katie Rowan scored three goals and dished out three assists for a game-high seven points, giving her 104 in 2008. She becomes the first player in school history to score more than 100 points in a season. Rowan now has 85 assists in her career, tying Kim Wayne for the top spot on SU’s career leader list. Wayne had 85 assists from 2000-03.
The Orange, ranked #3 in the latest poll, will wrap-up the regular season on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Cornell (9-4). Regardless of the outcome, Syracuse will be the No. 1 seed at the Big East Conference Tournament, which begins Friday in South Bend.