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Hoyas' Urick hopeful lacrosse series with Syracuse continues

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Plenty of pixels and a lot more ink was allocated this week to express hope the Syracuse-Georgetown basketball rivalry will survive despite the Orange’s departure for the ACC in 2014 (or earlier).

Well, here’s a few more pixels on the teams’ lacrosse series.

The Hoyas and Orange have met every year since 1995 – basically, ever since Georgetown started to become relevant nationally under coach Dave Urick. Syracuse leads the series 16-4, but there’s no telling whether that game survives whenever the Orange switch conferences.

Urick said Wednesday he has yet to talk with Syracuse coach John Desko about the future of the series. Syracuse played as a lacrosse independent until 2010, when the Big East established lacrosse with the Orange as the conference’s crown jewel.

There was always some reluctance on the part of Syracuse to give up independence and the freedom that comes with it. Urick said Desko was concerned about playing a competitive schedule.

“Now he doesn’t have to worry about that with Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Duke, so that part of it takes care of itself,” Urick said. “But will he want to continue to play other teams in the Big East like us?”

Consider that a potential future change to a schedule that already will look different in 2012 for the Hoyas.

The Syracuse game was moved to April, and Big East games now occupy every Saturday that month. The Villanova date was shifted to a midweek slot in early April to accommodate the Big East tournament, and the Hoyas’ long-running series with Loyola in mid-April will be played March 21 – a Wednesday – in Baltimore this season.

Patrick Stevens

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