Coming off their massive weekend-win over the Virginia Cavaliers down in Charlottesville, the Syracuse Orange started off the week with an equally as massive news day on Monday.
Let’s start it off with a quick rundown of all the Monday announcements:
- SU finally added a game to the schedule to replace the canceled Utah game. They will host Robert Morris on Friday, May 7 at 4 PM on ACC Network.
- Inside Lacrosse’s Ty Xanders reported (later confirmed by an SU spokesperson) that sophomore attackman Chase Scanlan has been reinstated back into the program after last week’s suspension.
- The Orange moved back into the top 10 of both the media and coaches polls after their critical win against the Cavaliers.
Now, let’s talk about each of these individually.
Soooo about not having any more games in the Dome this season....— Syracuse Lacrosse (@CuseMLAX) April 26, 2021
Surprise! We have another.
Details and ticket info: https://t.co/5AVfkrxUFc pic.twitter.com/s11ssOUBRc
The Robert Morris game is a nice addition to the schedule. Even though the Orange are no longer in need of adding another game to ensure they finish with a .500 record, thanks to UVA win No. 2, it is still nice to add an extra 60 minutes for the team to workshop some things and keep themselves in game-rhythm one week ahead of the NCAA Tournament.
The Colonials are 6-5 this season, and have won three straight. They’re currently a D-I Independent, so they play a varied schedule that includes Duke, Notre Dame and Virginia, making them an honorary member of the ACC once they make the journey to Central New York next weekend.
Despite their mediocre record, “Bobby Mo” is a talented team that can hang tough with the big boys. They stayed with Duke and Virginia all game long despite falling in the end to each. Looking forward to some bonus Friday evening lacrosse to kick-start next weekend.
Per a DM from his father, @CuseMLAX's Chase Scanlan has been re-instated and will be back at practice with the Orange tomorrow. Story to come on @Inside_Lacrosse.— Ty Xanders (@tyxanders) April 26, 2021
According to Ty Xanders, Chase Scanlan has been reinstated to the team just one week after he was indefinitely suspended.
It’s important to note, as IL’s Terry Foy did, that Scanlan’s reinstatement does not mean he will definitely see the field against Notre Dame this weekend.
A team spokesman just confirmed to me that Scanlan has been reinstated.— Terry Foy (@TerenceFoy) April 26, 2021
Sources tell me his reinstatement does not necessarily mean that he’ll play vs. Notre Dame on Saturday. https://t.co/J3w84EseOe
We’ll have to wait and see on that, but the last week for Scanlan has turned into a big distraction for the Orange. The rumors are flying everywhere, and he has somehow gone from indefinitely suspended to reinstated in the span of seven days.
With the rate things are moving with this, there are sure to be more developments throughout the week, so we’ll keep an eye on that.
But to be honest, coming off a four point performance in his first career start, I’d just as soon have Owen Seebold take over the third starting attack spot, especially given the nature of the Scanlan distraction at the moment.
Right now, it feels like it would be a surprise to see Scanlan actually play this weekend, although I wouldn’t have thought he’d be reinstated yesterday, either.
All five ACC teams are ranked in the top 10 of the new @USILA_Lax poll! pic.twitter.com/pvY63GdBmU— ACC Men's Lacrosse (@ACCMLax) April 26, 2021
Closing out our day of men’s lacrosse news is the fact that the team moved back into the top-10 of both polls thanks to their big win on Saturday.
In the media poll, the men moved up to No. 8, while they moved to No. 9 in the coaches’ poll.
With that move, the ACC has all five teams back in the top 10.
Interestingly, the Orange are still ranked behind Virginia in both polls, despite being 2-0 against them this year. Unfortunately, it speaks to SU’s struggles outside of the UVA games this season. A win over Notre Dame this weekend would certainly push up the rankings even further, ahead of UVA and then some.
They’ll get the chance to make that move, and more importantly add to their postseason resume, when they head to South Bend this Saturday for a 12 PM battle with Notre Dame.
Check the game out on ESPN U, and...
Let’s Go Orange!!!