Syracuse has had a lot of luck with transfer students recently (one need only remember Kevin Dougherty's heroic effort in the Final Four just a few years back), and if the following report is true, Syracuse has all but locked up an experienced playmaker for next season.
From the August 30, 2005 edition of the Richmond Times Dispatch:
Former University of Virginia lacrosse players Joe Yevoli and Nathan Kenney have been accepted as graduate students at Syracuse University and plan to play for the Orange in 2006. Each has a season of eligibility remaining. Yevoli, an attackman, redshirted last season at Virginia because of a back injury. He was the ACC rookie of the year in 2002 and a second-team All-American in '03. Kenney, a midfielder, also was a standout on the U.Va. team that won the NCAA title in 2003.
Here are the stats on Joe Yevoli over his three years at the University of Virginia.
|2002||15||35||97||40||10||50||2 - 1:30|
|2003||17||39||89||23||26||49||7 - 5:00|
|Career||45||100||252||82||48||130||9 - 6:30|
Granted, all the news on Yevoli isn't great. He essentially broke his back while playing for Dom Starsia, and will be damaged goods for John Desko until Yevoli can prove otherwise.
But otherwise, this is terrific news for an Orange offensive attack that should be among lacrosse's all-time greats this season. Just look at these potential offensive units:
|Potential Syracuse Offensive Units -2006|
|Midfield #1||G. Rommel|
|Midfield #2||S. Brooks|
|Midfield #3||S. Babbles|
Now if the team could only play defense....