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Jordan Evans, Syracuse lacrosse's newest No. 22, faces legacy in his own way
You don't always get to choose how people perceive you. When you wear 22 at Syracuse, that fact is heightened to ridiculous proportions. Jordan Evans, a true freshman for the Orange, will deal with that situation this season:
Into this tradition of flair and showmanship steps Evans, a player that, to hear him tell it, has little interest in extra attention and has gone out of his way to show teammates he lacks any major ego. Unless he's sidelined by the tender ankle that he rolled in SU's final preseason game, Evans will officially debut as the Orange's new No. 22 on Monday against Siena.
"I don't think people understand that inside I'm kind of a quiet, shy person who likes to look around, kind of likes to read people's body language," Evans said.
All of this runs counter to the attitude you'd expect from a player that wants to wear 22, especially given his national ranking and a highlight tape that includes behind-the-back passes and otherworldly plays.
There are a host of people in Central New York that won't be satisfied with Evans' effort this season. They just won't. The scrutiny that is put on 22 is bonkers, a noose that only seems to tighten and always remains around a player's neck. And this probably isn't going to help things:
He likes Twilight and Harry Potter and doesn't mind romantic comedies and chick-flicks.
Some guy in DeWitt just lit his season tickets on fire.
The addition of two new programs – multi-time national champion Syracuse and Notre Dame – to the league this year has created a men's lacrosse “super-conference,” akin to the old Big East in college basketball or the current-day SEC in college football.
“Right now, we're not even thinking about the ACC – probably because I don't want to think about it,” said Danowski, who is entering his 33rd season as a college coach, and his ninth as head of Duke's program. “One could arguably say this is the toughest conference in the history of our sport."
One correction, Dino: The ACC this season isn't the toughest conference in the history of lacrosse; it's probably the toughest conference in the history of college sports.
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