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New season, new league, same awesomeness.
While Syracuse is a few months away from the start of another title defense lacrosse season, there is some news to report in the world of lacrosse. And an event that will start for the first time in the history of the sport. I’m talking about the Big East Lacrosse Conference, as well as the pre-season coaches’ poll and all-conference players for the new league.

Inside Lacrosse has released the lists for the Big East. It is impressive. Syracuse of course takes the top spot in the seven team conference. The list is as follows:

1. Syracuse
2. Notre Dame
3. Georgetown
4. Villanova
5. Rutgers
6. St. John’s
7. Providence

The traditional teams are right up there. Notre Dame and Georgetown, while Villanova made the tournament last year and is up and coming. Rutgers is also traditionally a decent college lacrosse team. Then it is St. John’s and Providence rounding up the last two slots. These are the freshest programs so it makes sense they are at the bottom. But Syracuse is far and away the favorite for the league and a stunning upset by any of the other teams on Syracuse will be a year making victory. Especially since Syracuse will start in one of the top two spots on the national rankings.

Syracuse also has six players selected as all-conference. The coaches’ have selected:
A Craig Dowd Sr. Georgetown
A Cody Jamieson Sr. Syracuse
A Stephen Keogh Jr. Syracuse
M Josh Amidon Jr. Syracuse

M Andrew Brancaccio Sr. Georgetown
M Justin Pennington Sr. Rutgers
FO Nolan Vihlen So. Villanova
SSDM Jovan Miller Jr. Syracuse
LSM Joel White Jr. Syracuse
D John Lade Jr. Syracuse

D Sam Barnes Sr. Notre Dame
D Barney Ehrmann Sr. Georgetown
G Scott Rodgers Sr. Notre Dame

Notably, Cody Jamieson who had the game winning shot from last year’s National Championship game makes an appearance. He has the chance to become a legendary player in orange, even though this will be his last season and he only played in a handful of games last year. It’s simple; get back to the National Championship. Josh Amidon will most likely be the key to a good Syracuse clearing game. He is an excellent midfielder and he will score some, but more likely will facilitate scoring and the transition game. Joel White should be even better, and he was the best long stick midfielder in the nation last season. Jovan Miller was good last year, and he should be better, but if he can find more opportunity to split dodge and get good looks, he will have far better stats this season.

Moral of the story, the team will be great, and they should have no trouble going undefeated in the league this season. The only shock might be against Notre Dame, but every other team, if Syracuse goes in ready to play, will be easy fodder for this Syracuse team. And with an automatic bid on the line, it will be interesting to see how desperate some teams get to make the 16 team tournament. Keep in mind that the top four teams will be making the Big East Tournament, and that will be hosted in the Carrier Dome. As always, stay tuned to Orange::44 for all your Syracuse and NCAA lacrosse news, as well as complete tournament and weekly coverage. We try and sometimes succeed to do it better than most.

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2 Responses to “Big East Lacrosse Ready To Start”

  1. # Anonymous Orange22

    Josh Amidon is the only one of our top 6 midfield scorers to return this year. Lets hope he does a bit more scoring than you expect.  

  2. # Anonymous Anonymous

    i think georgetown is a sleeper, could upset the orange, they will have the best starting midfield in the big east. also, joel white is the best LSM in the nation THIS year. last year was definitley p.t. ricci. just look at the video of ricci running by white and scoring a goal when loyola played syracuse.  

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