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Syracuse women’s lacrosse: Megan Carney out for season with torn ACL

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The news we’d been dreading was confirmed on Monday.

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On Monday, SU athletics announced that star junior attacker Megan Carney of the Syracuse Orange women’s lacrosse team will miss the rest of the 2021 season after suffering a tear to the ACL in her left knee during the Orange’s game against Boston College last Thursday.

Carney was having her best season yet in a ‘Cuse uniform, having recorded 69 points on 49 goals and 20 assists in 13 games this season. She is currently leading the team in goals and is second in points, and was on pace to join some of the most prolific scoring seasons in program history before the injury.

At the time of her injury, she ranked third in the ACC in points per game (5.3) and goals per game (3.8). Those numbers were good for eighth and ninth in the country, respectively.

This injury is obviously a devastating blow to the No. 3 ranked Orange, who are still searching for the first national title in program history. Gary Gait’s group has now lost two of their best players to season-ending ACL injuries with Carney and Emily Hawryschuk.

The good news is the women played one of their most complete games of the season in their first game without Carney on Saturday, as they beat BC from start-to-finish, 16-7. They’re going to need more performances like that if they’re going to make waves in the postseason without two of their biggest stars.

In the polls, the women held steady at No. 3 for a fourth consecutive week. BC remained fourth after the teams split their weekend series.

The ACC makes up four of the top five teams in the rankings, and six of the top 11. With Virginia Tech beating rival Virginia last weekend, every single ACC team is ranked in both polls — just a crazy reminder of just how good the conference is at this sport.

The Hokies are Syracuse’s opponent in the opening round of the ACC tournament, which starts on Wednesday.

The Orange earned the No. 2 seed thanks to the goal differential tiebreaker with BC, so they take on the No. 7 seed Hokies in the first round.

The ACC tournament is taking place this Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, respectively.

Syracuse starts their 2021 postseason play on Wednesday at 5 PM on ACC Network against Virginia Tech. Be sure to tune in to cheer the team on and...

Let’s Go Orange!!!