Monthly Archives: May 2012
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3) Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse quest for its first national championship officially began on Thursday when it took the field in Stony Brook in preparation for its NCAA Championship semifinals matchup against No. 1 Florida. The Orange was the first team to practice at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Thursday morning. Syracuse practiced on campus on Wednesday before taking the five-hour bus trip to Stony Brook, N.Y. Thirteen members of the Orange were also part of the 2010 squad that advanced to the national semifinals. Syracuse and Florida will face each other in the first semifinal on Friday, May 27 at 5:30 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN3.
2) Syracuse junior defenseman Brian Megill received second-team All-America recognition from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) on Thursday, May 24. Megill was one of four close defensemen named to the second team, joining Virginia’s Matt Lovejoy, Duke’s Michael Manley and Cornell’s Jason Noble. The honor is Megill’s first All-America nod, and marks the fifth straight year a Syracuse defenseman has been rewarded with All-America status. One of the 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top player, Megill was a unanimous 2012 All-BIG EAST First Team selection. He led the Orange in ground balls (62) and set a school single-season record with 37 caused turnovers. Megill also contributed three points (one goal, two assists) on offense, and posted a .468 (22-47) faceoff winning percentage.
1) Former Syracuse University men’s lacrosse stars Roy Colsey and Tim Nelson have been selected for induction into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Colsey and Nelson are members of the eight-person 2012 induction class formally announced by U.S. Lacrosse on Wednesday, May 23. Colsey played for the Orange from 1992-95 and helped lead Syracuse to national championships in 1993 and 1995. He was a four-time All-American, earning first-team recognition three times (1993-95). In addition, Colsey was the 1995 recipient of the USILA’s Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin Jr. Award as the nation’s top midfielder. He finished his SU career with 124 goals and 163 total points. After spending his freshman year at N.C. State in 1982, Tim Nelson came to Syracuse in 1983 and rewrote the team’s record book in just three seasons. Nelson holds the Orange records for most assists in a game (9), season (67 in 1984) and career (187). He also ranks fifth on SU’s all-time scoring list with 271 points (84 goals, 187 assists). Including his rookie season with the Wolfpack, Nelson finished his college career with an NCAA-record 320 points (99 goals, 221 assists). His scoring record has since been broken, but Nelson’s 221 career assists still tops the NCAA all-time ledger. The first three-time winner of the Lt. Col. Jack Turnbull Award (nation’s top attackman), Nelson earned first-team All-America honors three times (1983-85) and helped lead Syracuse to its first NCAA championship in 1983.
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May 25, 2006: Syracuse University men’s lacrosse players Mike Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) and John Wright (Birmingham, Mich.) were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Men’s At-Large Second Team. It is the first time either student-athlete has won the honor. ESPN the Magazine, in conjunction with The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), sponsors the award. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in class standing, must be a starter or regular contributor on the field and must carry at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average. Wright, a three-year starter on defense, has played a key role in helped lead the Orange back to the NCAA semifinals in Philadelphia. A team captain and six-time member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Wright started in 14 games for the Orange that season and had 25 ground balls. He is often asked to cover the opposing team’s top attackman. Wright majored in philosophy at Syracuse and held a minor in music industry. Leveille, a sophomore attackman, was SU’s second leading goal-scorer that season with 31 goals to go along with 18 assists. He was a 2005 STX/USILA Honorable Mention All-American and has been named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll each semester he’s been at Syracuse. Leveille scored the game-winning goal in overtime that season at Rutgers and poured in four goals and an assist in the NCAA quarterfinals against Johns Hopkins to help the Orange advance to its 24th appearance at NCAA Championship Weekend. He is a general studies major in the School of Management at Syracuse.
May 23, 2007: Recent graduate at the time Chris Thorner represented the United States at the 2007 World Championship of American Football in July. One of 13 players to start all 12 games for the Orange, Thorner collected 15 tackles during his senior season in 2006, including two tackles for loss and one sack. For his career, Thorner recorded 64 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack. A total of 45 players were chosen from a pool of 2006 college seniors and represent all levels of college football. NCAA and NAIA schools were asked by USA Football to nominate up to two seniors during the season. That list was pared down by the Team USA coaching staff through film evaluation.
May 25, 2011: Three-time All-American Floyd Little is returning to where it all started for him – to Syracuse University. Little is joining the Orange athletics department as special assistant to the athletics director, bringing his adult life full circle. A standout tailback for the Orange from 1964 through 1966 and a five-time Pro Bowl selection for the Denver Broncos, Little is enshrined in the Pro Football and College Football Halls of Fame.