2014 College Lacrosse Preview: No Pressure, Kid

Drew Hallowell

Syracuse introduced its newest keeper of the 22 jersey today.

Jordan Evans -- the top-ranked recruit from the class of 2013 and the centerpiece to Syracuse's electric freshman class -- was introduced to the media today:

This is the tradition that Evans has -- purposefully! -- assumed:

  • Since 1983, all but two wearers of 22 -- Chris Baduini and JoJo Marasco -- have won a national championship. The Orange has won an NCAA record 11 national championships since 1983 (including the one that the NCAA says doesn't exist).
  • All but two wearers of 22 -- Baduini and Sun Ho Lee -- have earned All-America honors. In total, keepers of the number since 1983 have earned All-America status 26 times (seven honorable mention All-America nods, two third-team All-America honors, three second-team All-America recognitions, and 14 first-team All-America honors). Five players -- Gary Gait, Charlie Lockwood, Casey Powell, Ryan Powell, and Mike Powell -- earned All-American nods in four consecutive seasons while one -- Mike Powell -- earned four consecutive first-team All-America recognitions.
  • All but one wearer of 22 -- Cody Jamieson -- made a trip to Championship Weekend while wearing the number (and Jamieson went in 2009 while wearing 43).
  • Syracuse is 384-85 (81.88 percent) since 1983 with a wearer of 22 on the roster. There has been just one losing season with someone on the Orange's roster wearing 22 -- a 5-8 record in 2007 -- and the team's average winning percentage is 81.70 percent with a 22 on the roster since 1983. The team has averaged 13 wins per season with a 22 on the roster since 1983.
  • With a 22 on the roster since 1983, Syracuse has missed one NCAA Tournament (2007), went to The Big Barbecue twice as an unseeded team (in 2003 and 2012), earned nine one-seeds in the national tournament, and holds an average NCAA Tournament seed of 2.58.
  • Wearers of 22 since 1983 have:
    • Earned enshrinement in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame (Gary Gait).
    • Won two Tewaaraton Awards (Mike Powell in 2002 and 2004).
    • Won six Enners Awards as the nation's most outstanding player (Gary Gait in 1988 and 1989; Casey Powell in 1997 and 1998; Ryan Powell in 2000; Mike Powell in 2004).
    • Won three McLaughlin Awards as the nation's most outstanding midfielder (Gary Gait in 1988 and 1989; Casey Powell in 1996).
    • Won six Turnbull Awards as the nation's most outstanding attack (Casey Powell in 1998; Ryan Powell in 2000; Mike Powell in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004).
    • Won three NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Awards (Gary Gait in 1990; Mike Powell in 2002 and 2004).

No pressure, kid.

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