By Edward Lee | firstname.lastname@example.org
February 12, 2010
The road to the national championship goes through Syracuse. And C.W. Post. And SUNY Cortland. And Onondaga Community College.
Last year, the aforementioned New York schools captured the Division I, Division II, Division III and National Junior College Athletic Association titles, respectively.
So, has the Empire State replaced Maryland as the pre-eminent lacrosse hotbed?
One former player turned analyst doesn’t see it as a trend, but as a continuation of what has always been.
“When was Maryland the dominant power?” asked ESPN analyst Quint Kessenich, a former Johns Hopkins All-America goalkeeper and a native of Lynbrook, N.Y. “I don’t know if anything shifted. Syracuse and Cornell have always had dominant programs.”
Slow down, cautioned Towson coach Tony Seaman.
“I don’t think that’s true at all,” he said. “[Last year’s] Division I championship was a great game between Syracuse and Cornell, and it just worked out that those two were there. The years before that, it’s been Hopkins or Virginia. … As long as Syracuse is in the North and Cornell is in the North, they’re going to be well-represented. And as long as Hopkins and Virginia and Carolina are in the South, we’re going to be well-represented.”
The numbers, however, seem to support Kessenich’s stance…