2020 Schedule Preview: Syracuse Orange

(Photo Courtesy of Syracuse Athletics)

The Syracuse Orange are the 46th DI team to announce their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Orange come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign in which they went 9-5 overall and 2-3 in the ACC. Syracuse lost to North Carolina in the first round of the ACC tournament and lost to Loyola in the first round of the NCAA tournament. 

Of note, Syracuse can’t play home games in the Carrier Dome past March 1st due to a new roof being put on the stadium. Thus the reason for the Orange playing two home games at Cicero-North HS late in the season. 

Schedule

Date Home Away Notes
2/7 Syracuse Colgate
2/15 Syracuse Binghamton
2/23 Syracuse Army
2/28 Syracuse Hobart
3/7 Johns Hopkins Syracuse
3/14 Rutgers Syracuse
3/21 Duke Syracuse ACC
3/28 Syracuse Notre Dame ACC (@ Cicero-North HS)
4/3 Albany Syracuse
4/7 Cornell Syracuse
4/11 Syracuse North Carolina ACC (@ Cicero-North HS)
4/18 Virginia Syracuse ACC

Key Games

2/7 vs Colgate

Last year, Colgate came into the Dome on a Friday in early February and stunned the lacrosse world, upsetting Syracuse 12-9. While the Raiders do lose some key talent from last year’s squad, you can bet this is one where Syracuse will come out ready to get a win and not get embarrassed on their home turf again. 

2/28 vs Hobart

The rivalry between these two upstate New York will, once again, be renewed in early February this season. With both teams expected to compete at the top of their respective conferences this season, the 2020 version of the battle for the Kraus-Simmone Trophy could certainly be a good one. Last season, Syracuse beat the Statesmen 17-5, pushing their win streak over the Statesmen to six. 

3/7 @ Johns Hopkins

The Orange will start their March slate off with their annual tilt against rival Johns Hopkins. This heated rivalry has created some instant classics over the years, and the same has been true in recent history, as well. Johns Hopkins and Syracuse have split the past three meetings. Syracuse won, 14-10, last season. 

3/21 @ Duke

Syracuse’s ACC slate starts with a matchup against 2019 NCAA semifinalist Duke Blue Devils. Last season, Syracuse took down Duke 9-8 in overtime. The orange went on a four-goal run in the fourth to send it to overtime. Brendan Curry scored the game-winner with 41 seconds left in overtime. 

4/18 @ Virginia

The Orange will close out their regular season on the road against the defending national champions Virginia Cavaliers. Last season, Virginia bested Syracuse in the Dome, winning 15-14 in an overtime thriller. Virginia scored two late to send it to overtime and Mikey Herring scored the overtime game-winner. However, Drake Porter did make an impressive 14 saves, his second-highest save total of the season, for the Orange in the loss. 

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