Syracuse looks to make up for Mike Powell

The post-Mike Powell era is about to begin.

When the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team takes the field against Army on Saturday at the Carrier Dome at 7:30 p.m., it will be without its top scorer from last year, and perhaps the greatest lacrosse player in Syracuse history.

In his final season at Syracuse, Mike Powell scored 47 goals and 42 assists, bumping his career total to 307. He received first-team All-American honors for the fourth time in as many years, to go along with the Tewaaraton Trophy, college lacrosse’s equivalent of Most Valuable Player.

So how does Syracuse plan on replacing Powell?

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McCroskey has career night in loss

For the first 29 minutes and 10 seconds of Syracuse’s Monday night game against Pittsburgh, Syracuse guard Louis McCroskey played like a third scoring option that the Orange has desired all season to complement Gerry McNamara and Hakim Warrick.

McCroskey played like he belonged in the starting lineup – a place that he hasn’t been for the past two games – scoring on an array of floaters and 3-point shots while providing solid rebounding. He led all Syracuse scorers at halftime, collecting nine points.

His free throws with 10:50 left in the second half gave Syracuse a 48-44 lead and at that point, McCroksey was 7-of-9 from the field for 18 points and hadn’t missed a shot in the second half.

“We wouldn’t have even been in the game if it wasn’t for Louie,” Warrick said. “He went out there and played great for us.”

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McNamara suffers rare off-night in loss

Over the past 2 1/2 years, Gerry McNamara has earned a reputation as one of college’s top marksmen from 3-point land, as well as a player who comes up with a basket in a clutch situation.

The Orange trailed Connecticut 69-65 with one minute and five seconds left during Syracuse’s Monday night game against Connecticut and naturally, it was McNamara taking the most important shot of the game. He rolled off a screen and squared up along the left baseline for an open shot, and past experience would lead one to believe that he would’ve hit it.

But McNamara’s shot was long, and a swarm of Huskies were there to recover the ball. It was that kind of night for McNamara, who finished with just nine points on 1-of-9 shooting from 3-point range as Syracuse lost to Connecticut 74-66 at the Carrier Dome.

“I missed a few shots toward the end,” McNamara said. “Off the ball, they did a good job of guarding me, so it was tougher. We let one slip away.”

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