The SU Men's lacrosse team moved up to number one in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse DI Media Poll today after getting off to a 7-1 start. This comes a week after the formerly number one Virginia Cavaliers lost to Maryland while the Orange beat the 18th ranked Loyola Greyhounds 13-8 on Saturday. Syracuse barely edged out Duke for the number one spot, getting nine out of eighteen first place votes.
Junior midfielders Dan Hardy and Pat Perritt led the way for the Orange offense with three goals each. Senior attackman Mike Leveille also tallied three goals and two assists in the game, but the veteran says that just because they are winning doesn't mean that they can relax. "It's exciting, but at the same time, we're more satisfied being 7-1, working hard and feeling like every game we can go out there and win. We want that to keep going. Like I said, we aren't satisfied here and we aren't done yet. We're focusing on our goal and week by week the opponent coming up," Leveille said.
This marks the first time since 2003 that the Orange has been ranked number one during the regular season. Next up, Syracuse takes on Princeton in the Dome on Saturday.