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SU Lax isn’t going to the NCAA tournament
I think that if SU fans think the team has any shot at an at large berth to the men’s NCAA lacrosse tournament, they are sadly mistaken. A review of SU’s schedule shows that they have lost to every good team they have played except for Princeton. In reality, it appears that this year’s team was overrated and its season long struggles should’ve been expected. They lost seven great players after last season, including team leaders John Galloway, John Lade and Joel White to name three.
SU has had defensive breakdowns galore because of the lack of experience among the close defense. Although Syracuse tried to compensate with a switch to zone defense, it’s been a stopgap measure that really hasn’t worked as well as hoped.
When it comes down to it, this year’s team misses White’s ability to create transition opportunities with his long stick and ability to win ground balls. SU’s faceoff men are creating 50/50 situations on the faceoffs, but the wings are struggling to pick up ground balls. It won’t shock me if they lose again to Nova, especially since the Nova is hosting this year’s conference tournament. That would definitively end SU’s season.
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