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UMass vs. The Cuse at UMass Playoff Preview...

Posted Friday, May 13, 2005 by John Desko

OK, here we go again?.

This Sunday we start our playoff run against the team that handed us an overtime loss just 2 weeks ago, the UMASS Minutemen. Now we are the #9 seed in the tourney. If we had won that game 2 weeks ago we would have be #6 I am sure. Well, we have to deal with the hand we are dealt. My love for the SU Orange lacrosse team is great. I, as are many of you, very proud of being part of something so special. The game starts at 1pm and I am hearing it will be shown live on EPSNU and as usual will be on the radio here in the CNY.

We need to get on them early and set the tone. It is a hostile place to play for us, but we should be able to handle it.

People all over the lacrosse world think that The Orange are down this year, sure we have stumbled, but when we have, we have only lost by a goal in most of those stumbles. Our bracket is tough because once we beat UMASS Sunday we are gong to have to take on #1 Hopkins the next week.

People ask me all the time ?Is this the year the Final 4 Streak ends?? Well, my honest opinion is ?NO!? I believe that we are good and can still win the whole thing. No one wants to play SU in the playoffs, I mean, no one! May is our time to shine. So get out there to the game or grab a drink and nestle up to the TV on Sunday at 1pm and look for a win.

Here is the link to the all the College Lax playoff brackets:


I received an email from another alumnus that I wanted to share:

Dear Ric:

I enjoyed reading your synopsis of the games this season and appreciate your time and efforts in writing them. Thank you for keeping us all in the "know".

Albeit a late response, I too felt inclined to comment on last months' "Face Off Philadelphia" article. Although it was thourough I was disaappointed that the author failed to mention two people that influenced us in 1978 and 1979. Jay Gallager and Eamon MacKenneny. Jay and Eamon joined Coach Simmons, Jr as assistant coaches in the late 70's and they were both instrumental in shaping the team. Depending on your knowledge of lacrosse history, you may know that Jay and Eamon were All American graduates in the late 70's of the then powerhouse Cornell . These guys new lacrosse from a championship perspective and brought that energy and knowledge to Syracuse coaching. They joined forces with Coach Simmons to mold a team of guys who were eager to learn. They, along with the paternal coaching style of Coach Simmons Jr. influenced all of us including a young John Desko, Kevin Donahue and Roy Simmons, III.

I heard that Jay lost his battle with cancer more than 10 years ago and unfortunatly Eamon lost his life in the September 11th attacks. These guys were two outstanding players as well as influential coaches who helped form Syracuse Lacrosse.

Thank you again for your efforts.

Mark Steiner '79

Thanks for the email Mark.

On that note I will be back on Monday with a recap of the win and some more info.



Ric Class of 1995

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