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Syracuse women’s lacrosse moves into top 3 of media poll

The team has been on fire lately, and the rankings reflect as much.

NCAA Football: Louisville at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

With both the men’s and women’s basketball seasons over, Syracuse Orange fan attention largely shifts now to the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.

Both are doing pretty well so far, but it’s the women’s team that’s really climbed the polls of late. If you’ve been following orangebookworm’s excellent coverage all year, you already know that the Orange WLAX squad is 10-2 on the year, with the only losses coming by a total of three goals to the sport’s top two teams: Boston College and Maryland.

Now, Syracuse sits directly below both, at No. 3 in the latest Inside Lacrosse media poll. SU has yet to move down in the polls at all this year, as the Daily Orange points out, and could well be on their way to a special season with just five games (three in the ACC) remaining.

That, plus the rest of your Syracuse-related links below:

Syracuse jumps to No. 3 in Inside Lacrosse media poll (Daily Orange)

Over the last month, Syracuse has lost just one game — an overtime loss to undefeated Maryland — while defeating several top-15 teams including Virginia, Loyola and Florida. This week, the Orange clobbered unranked Harvard in the Carrier Dome by nine goals and Emily Hawryschuk’s late goals capped four unanswered goals over Notre Dame in a 10-9 win.

Mental lapses sting Syracuse in season-ending loss to South Dakota State (Daily Orange)

“Before the game, after the game, during the game, every point of the game (Hillsman) said ‘stop helping off people,’” Drummond said. “It’s just instinct, whenever the ball goes in the high post you look to see who’s there, and once we turn our heads they cut back door or they have an open shot. We weren’t focused and just didn’t keep our heads in it.”

Mets flight to dreaded Syracuse grounded on tarmac for three hours, of course (Deadspin)

“Lots of guys pissed off” while stuck on a grounded airplane ahead of a deeply unpopular detour to upstate New York just days ahead of the opener sounds like a really fantastic way to start off a baseball season. Syndergaard, for his part, used the occasion to fire up a Twitter AMA, where his answers were positively bursting with the enthusiasm of a man stuck on an airport tarmac indefinitely due to a mechanical problem.

Jim Boeheim, Gerry McNamara watch Class of 2020 target Andre Jackson win title (

Jackson, who is long, lean and incredibly athletic, watched Syracuse play Florida State in the Carrier Dome on Feb. 5. He is trying, said Albany Academy coach Brian Fruscio, to schedule an official visit to SU. He has been on campus a number of times, but the official visit would allow him to meet with coaches for extended periods and also learn more about SU’s academics. Syracuse’s postseason schedule had thus far precluded a visit, Fruscio said.

Syracuse’s Hawryschuk Named Brine/USL Player of Week (US Lax Magazine)

The junior finished with a team-high five points on four goals and an assist, having a hand in half of Syracuse’s offensive production. “Emily came through at the end, buried her last couple of shots and stepped up when we needed her,” Orange coach Gary Gait said.

Syracuse sweeps ACC men’s lacrosse weekly honors (TheACC)

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ACC accomplishments reaching record levels in NCAA Tournament (WRALSportsFan)

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Ranking the Sweet 16 teams by tradition -- 2019 NCAA tournament (ESPN)