Whatever you do, don't let Andy Katz see Syracuse lacrosse's schedule. We're halfway through the season and the Orange will just NOW be traveling for their first road game of the year.
To be fair, that doesn't include the neutral-site game against Georgetown a few weeks back, but, you know how much pundits like to differentiate between the two.
If Syracuse Lacrosse had a theme, it would probably be No Days Off (though Unfinished Business would work just fine as well). Even when they're not playing a Virginia or Hopkins, the Orange seem to find themselves matching up against a quality opponent. Games that looked like gimmes at the beginning of the year (Albany, Villanova) have become anything but. And the Wilcats are planning accordingly...
As the No. 1 Orange (6-0, 1-0 Big East) prepares to head to Philadelphia to play No. 11 Villanova (7-1, 0-0) on Saturday at 7 p.m., it's once again expecting to play in a playoff-like game. That's what happens when teams promote their games against Syracuse to be the most important of the season. For the Orange, though, it's simply a matter of having to adjust.
Nova will attempt to exploit Syracuse's weaknesses, which are...uh...well...Coach, can you help me out?
"I think our offense is a strength. I think we’re putting up points against most people and we do different things to make it harder for teams to cover us. Faceoffs had been a strength up until last week. Clearing and rides have been strengths for us. So, I don’t think we have any real weaknesses."
I suppose you can try to play lacrosse like it's 1912 such as the way Johns Hopkins played last week.
How good is this team? In all the storied history of SU lacrosse, this senior class has the chance to its most-winningest:
The seniors on the Syracuse University men’s lacrosse team have an opportunity to depart at the end of the season with more victories than any other class in school history. The Orange (6-0) will enter Saturday’s 7 p.m. game at Villanova (7-1) with a career record of 51-6. It needs seven more victories to eclipse the Class of ’86, which went 57-7. There are nine games remaining on SU’s regular-season schedule.
Glaude will have the game preview tomorrow but in the meantime, fatten up on these videos...