All through the fall period, Syracuse attempted to find replacements for an attack that lost Tom Palasek, Tim Desko, and Collin Donahue to graduation. Kevin Rice, Billy Ward, Eric DeJohn, Mike Daniello, and a host of others all got long looks in the autumn, and when Syracuse brought North Carolina transfer Nicky Galasso into the fold, the picture became even more opaque relative to which players -- and in what capacity -- would join junior Derek Maltz in close. As of today, however, there is one less player fighting for time in the Orange's crowded attack scene: Johns Hopkins transfer Mike Daniello will sit out the 2013 season on medical leave following an incident that left him with a fractured skull:
Syracuse University lacrosse player Mike Daniello will miss the 2013 lacrosse season after an incident that reportedly left him with a fractured skull.
Mike Morrison, a spokesman for the Syracuse University athletics department, said Thursday that Daniello is taking a "medical leave of absence" and will not play for the Orange this season. Daniello is no longer listed on the team roster online. He is still listed in the Syracuse student directory, though he is not on campus.
Daniello is the younger brother of former Orange Chris Daniello. The attack was a 2011 Under Armour All-American before matriculating at Johns Hopkins and was ranked by Inside Lacrosse as the 10th best attackman in his class and the 23rd-rated freshman in the publication's Power 100 Freshman.
We wish him a speedy recovery and all the best with his health.