Desko, Lade Miss Cornell Game with Injuries
Take nothing away from Cornell. The fifth-ranked Big Red shook up the parity-laced NCAA Division I men's lacrosse landscape in a big way Tuesday with an 11-6 upset of the top-ranked Orange.
But Syracuse was without its lefty initiator on attack, Tim Desko (knee), and All-American defenseman John Lade (ankle).
LaxMagazine.com's Brian Delaney has reported that Desko, who ranks second on the team with 16 goals, aggravated a previous knee injury. The severity of the injury is unknown and Desko's return remains uncertain, but team officials said they did not think it would be a long-term absence.
Lade, arguably the top cover defenseman in the nation who likely would have drawn Tewaaraton Trophy favorite Rob Pannell, warmed up at the Carrier Dome and was in the starting lineup before he was removed immediately. His injury has been reported as an ankle sprain. Pannell finished the game with three goals and three assists.
To make matters worse for the Orange defense, close defenseman Brian Megill left the game in the second half after rolling his ankle.
Syracuse's loss leaves Notre Dame as the lone remaining undefeated team in Division I. Barring an upset loss to St. John's this weekend, the Irish will likely ascend to No. 1 in next week's USILA poll. Question is, how will the rankings shape up after that?