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Syracuse Lacrosse: Colsey, Nelson Receive Hall of Fame Invitations

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Hi everybody! How's your boil doing? Ew, gross. Let's not be friends anymore.

Wait, before you hobble out of here with that disgusting, friendship-ending boil (seriously, it's icky), let me tell you something really important: Roy Colsey and Tim Nelson, two of the best offensive players that Slugger Simmons ever let roam free in the Carrier Dome, are going to get busts of their somewhat-likeness placed at the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. That's fancy.

Nelson and Colsey will join 22 former Orange -- including Jim Brown and Oren Lyons -- already enshrined among the greats that have ever wielded a stick and mercilessly beat the tar out of their opponents. While that seems like a lot of Syracuse folks populating the wings of the Hall of Fame, Johns Hopkins actually has 65 honorees, so screw those guys.

Colsey, the current head coach of Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, was a four-time All-America (three first-team selections) for Syracuse in the early- and mid-1990's. He was national midfielder of the year in his senior campaign, winning the McLaughlin Award and steak for life at Delmonico's on Erie Boulevard. He holds two national titles during his time on The Hill -- 1993 and 1995 -- and also had one of the nastiest rips you've ever seen. His seven goals against Loyola in 1995 ranks eighth all-time in Syracuse history for most goals scored in a game.

Nelson, a transfer from North Carolina State, joined the Orange in 1983 and instantly turned Syracuse into a member of the national elite. In his time under Slugger, Nelson earned three first-team All-America nods and, even more impressively, pulled home three consecutive Turnbull Awards as the nation's top attack. The Orange doesn't win the first of its 11 national titles without Nelson in 1983 and his fingerprints remain all over the Syracuse record books:

  • Nelson holds the top-three spots in Syracuse's record book for assists in a season.
  • Nelson remains Syracuse's career assists leader with 187 in his three seasons. John Zulberti, who was a hell of a player in his own right, lags significantly behind in second place with 158 over his four-year tenure.
  • There have been 17 games in which an Orange has helped on at least seven goals. Nelson appears seven times on that list.

Congratulations, fellas!