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Syracuse Lacrosse: Statue unveiling and alumni game still scheduled despite mumps outbreak

The alumni game and unveiling of the Roy Simmons Jr. and Roy Simmons Sr. statute will go ahead on Saturday.

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While both the Syracuse Orange men’s and women’s lacrosse teams are sidelined for at least three weeks due to a mumps outbreak on campus, the alumni event scheduled for Saturday will go on. Usually this scrimmage features an alumni squad versus the current SU lacrosse team but with 14 confirmed cases of the virus on campus we will instead see two alumni teams faceoff against each other at 1:15 PM followed by the unveiling of the Roy Simmons Sr and Roy Simmons Jr statue at 5 PM outside of the Ensley Athletic Center. Parking is free and tickets are $10 at the box office on the day of the event.

It is still unclear which alumni will participate as there has been no announcement yet, most likely due to the last minute need for a greater number of former players.

There is the possibility that the men’s and women’s teams could resume fall practices but it appears that the absolute earliest that this could happen will not be until October 28.

This weekend’s alumni game is the second of three fallball event that the men’s team will be forced to miss. SU will also not participate in the Headstrong University City Classic at Penn on October 16. With a large freshman group coming onto campus this fall, some of whom are expected to make an impact this spring, the coaching staff has to be concerned about team chemistry and getting the first years up to speed.

As I wrote about back in September, Syracuse is one of several teams featured in the year long documentary The Season 2018. The series follows four teams throughout the year, beginning in the fall, and it will be interesting to see how this outbreak affects the coverage of the SU team.

As for the regular season schedule, it will most likely be released in the third week of December b,ut we do have one date on the calendar already. The Hobart Statesmen released its 2018 slate which includes an April 3 game at the Carrier Dome with a 7 PM start time for the Kraus-Simmons Trophy.