The Syracuse Orange officially released the 2017 incoming lacrosse class on Tuesday. First off, good luck to anyone playing the Albany Great Danes the next four years, incoming freshman Tehoka Nanticoke is looking like the next great, stud attackman.
Here is the full list of Syracuse newcomers:
Brett Barlow – LSM – Manlius, NY
Jacob Buttermore – M – Garnet Valley, PA
Brendan Curry – M – Lutherville, MD
Seth DeLisle – F/O – Fulton, NY (Transfer from OCC and Nazareth College)
Tucker Dordevic – M – Portland, OR
Jared Fernandez – LSM – Bradenton, FL
Nate Garlow – F/O – Syracuse, NY
Troy Lauder – M – Kanesatake, Quebec
Nate McPeak – G – Chula Vista, CA
Grant Murphy – D – Woodlands, TX
Connor Nelson – A – New Hartford, NY
Dami Oladunmoye – M – Grayslake, IL
Jonathan Partamian – M – La Canada, CA
Jakob Phaup – F/O – Sourderton, PA
Lucas Quinn – M – Niskayuna, NY
Bryce Saba – D – Ontario, NY
Sam Schluter – LSM – Pennington, NJ
Owen Seebold – M – Dallas, TX
Spencer Small – M – San Diego, CA
Below are the recruits who have been ranked in the Inside Lacrosse Power 100 Freshman:
Lucas Quinn #13
Owen Seebold #20
Tucker Dordevic #26
Brendan Curry #49
Troy Lauder #66
Jared Fernandez #68
Recruiting Rundown Top 100 Seniors (Class of 2017) (Posted 9/20/16)
Lucas Quinn #9
Tucker Dordevic #17
Owen Seebold #46
Brendan Curry #84
The big name in this year’s class is Lucas Quinn who was a standout midfielder at Niskayuna where he won a state championship in 2015. Recruiting Rundown has noted his dodging ability and quick release as two of his top attributes.
The next biggest grab for SU is another midfielder, Owen Seebold, out of Texas. From the highlights I’ve seen, he likes to work from behind the cage and has a dirty crossover, and is a runner. With his field vision and passing ability he could also be a nice quarterbacking piece for Syracuse in the future. Inside Lacrosse has him at 6’1” and 180 lbs, but from the photos I’ve seen he looks a little light.
I have very high hopes from Seebold, he could be the next great Syracuse player from Texas.
Another big name midfielder for Syracuse, Tucker Dordevic, originally committed to Delaware before switching to the Orange last year. This kid has a sick shot from outside. Sick. While listed as a midfielder he’s also seen extensive time at attack. The Oregonian (that’s a thing right?) did not play in the Under Armour All American Game this summer due to an injury but from what I can tell there was no surgery and I would expect him to be ready for fall ball.
What’s that? You want to hear about another midfielder? Ok. Brendan Curry played his high school ball at Calvert Hall in Maryland and is a second generation Syracuse lacrosse player. I actually think he may be ranked a bit low. From all of the highlights I’ve seen of him, he has been incredibly impressive. Curry is fast, really fast, and an outside dodger who can also spread the ball. He’s got great control on his shot and the placement is pretty spectacular. I’m more excited to see him at the next level than any other player in this recruiting class.
The most interesting note coming into this year is that the Orange picked up just one transfer, Seth DeLisle, who will be joining SU after stints with OCC and Nazareth College. By my own research, I believe the last time the Orange snagged one or fewer transfers was back in the 2010 season and in recent years the staff has done an incredible job working the transfer game. DeLisle pulled 73% of his faceoff attempts in 2017 for Nazareth and was named to the second team USILA All-Americans. Syracuse desperately needs another faceoff option on this team after the graduation of Ben Williams and Danny Varello struggling down the stretch last year.
You may also notice that there is only one goalie recruit coming onto campus this year. This is not too surprising given that the 2018 roster will feature Dom Madonna, Luke Strang, Drake Porter, and Willie Klan. It’s a pretty heavy group, but I’m not sure there’s a front-runner right now.
Another interesting factoid is that as far as I can tell, this will be the first time the Orange will have four players from the state of California. Additionally, this is the first time that a player from Oregon will be on the roster since Henry Schoonmaker. This class has players from ten different states (including Quebec, Canada), which is a pretty impressive spread and could be indicative of the staff reaching outside of its usual comfort zones.
Finally, as you know SU has a long history of familial ties to the program. In this group there are several players who have had relatives play for the Orange. Owen Seebold’s father played for the Orange and won a National Championship in 1983. Sam Schluter’s uncle played at Syracuse from 1986-89 helping the school to two National Championships. Connor Nelson’s uncle and father both wore Orange, his father Tim taking the field for three years finishing fifth all-time in points. Last but not least, Brendan Curry’s father was a three-time All-American for SU.
I know a lot of folks are not going to be huge on this class, but there is a lot of talent this year and I think, at least offensively, this could be a pretty important group going forward.