Syracuse lacrosse legends reunite in the Carrier Dome
Former SU lacrosse legends play in the Carrier Dome
When the final horn of the Orange Alumni Legends’ Classic Game blew in the Carrier Dome, the Orange legends had outscored the White legends by a score of 10-9.
Both teams saw a balanced scoring attack with 15 different players finding the back of the net at least once. Certainly, there is a story in these statistics. Certainly, an article can be written about how 2014 graduate Kyle Henry still knows how to get the ball past a goalie four years out of school (he did so three times in the first quarter).
However, that would only be scratching the surface of why 52 guys representing seven decades of Syracuse lacrosse made their way back to the Dome to play a 60-minute game.
“I wouldn’t miss it,” said Garth Hoffman, a graduate of the class of 1979 and midfielder in the alumni game. “I get to see a bunch of guys I see once a year.”
From the moment warmups started to the group picture of every player and their families after the game, it was clear these four quarters were an opportunity for these players to, once again, be a part of something bigger than themselves.
This game was not for the Syracuse Orange lacrosse fans that have come to expect so much due to the school’s 10 NCAA national championships and countless tournament appearances. It was not an event put on by the school to showcase incredible talent from previous years, advertising the greatness of the program.
Rather, it was for the players and their families. Players, who got to reconnect with college teammates and catch up with coaches. Families, who were excited to see a loved one digging his cleats into that vibrant green turf again.