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Syracuse men’s lacrosse: Orange featured in upcoming ESPN ‘30 for 30’ film

The film “Crossroads” airs tonight at 9 PM on ESPN.

2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championships - Semifinals - Syracuse v Denver Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

The Syracuse Orange will be featured in ESPN’s upcoming 30 for 30 film “Crossroads,” which airs tonight at 9 PM on ESPN. The 77 minute documentary follows Charlotte Secondary School’s lacrosse team, made up of nearly all African Americans that have never seen a lacrosse stick before, and how they used sports to get away from their troubled past. One of their former players, Xavier Hare, is now a junior at Division II Catawba College playing lacrosse.

At one point, the team and film crew traveled to Syracuse to visit the men’s lacrosse team. This happened back in 2017, a day before the Orange took on the Siena Saints.

Head coach John Desko introduced the players and head coach Bobby Selkin to the entire team after their walk-through practice before members of the Orange spent time to talk to the Charlotte Secondary players about life and lacrosse.

As a member of the Orange for four years, it was a fun experience talking to some of the guys about lacrosse and seeing the entire campus. If my memories are correct, they also watched the Orange take on Siena the following afternoon.

The documentary, directed by Ron Yassen and executive produced by Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul, has been screened at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, as well as the Nashville Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival and San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. If you miss tonight’s airing, you can check it out on ESPN+ beginning tomorrow.

Here’s a trailer of the film.