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Notebook: Syracuse's Mullins out for season with knee injury

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Syracuse defenseman Brandon Mullins will miss the rest of the season because of a right knee injury that will require surgery, the team announced Thursday.

Mullins went down in the fourth quarter of Friday night's 9-8 overtime victory against Virginia, clutching his knee when he hit the Carrier Dome turf. He labored off the field but did not return.

Mullins was enjoying a strong start to his sophomore campaign, contributing significant minutes in Syracuse's first three games, including starting two. He garnered attention for his ability to cover skilled offensive players and make plays in the middle of the field.

As a freshman, Mullins played in 17 games for the Orange, starting 10. He recorded 27 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers, using his rangy athleticism to play close defense and long-stick midfielder. Mullins was an acclaimed high school linebacker from Coppell, Texas, and he was pursued with offers to play collegiate football as well before deciding to join the Orange lacrosse program. Senior Kyle Carey will likely fill in at close defense.

•Georgetown freshman goalie Alex Joyce (Landon) is expected to be ready to play against Harvard on Friday night after he missed a 10-9 win Saturday over Dartmouth with what a team official called a minor injury. Junior Jake Haley started in Joyce's place and finished with 17 saves.

•Lehigh is facing significant injuries as it tries to rebound from a disappointing start to the season.

Sophomore goalie Matt Poillon remains out of the lineup but is not expected out too much longer and is considered day-to-day. He took warmups against Penn this week. Meanwhile, sophomore Dylan O'Shaughnessy, a standout long-stick midfielder, is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.

Senior Mike Noone, a starting defenseman, was injured in a loss to Denver but was back in the lineup in a 6-4 loss to Penn on Tuesday and had six caused turnovers and five ground balls.

•For lacrosse, the path to the Olympics got a little shorter with acceptance to SportAccord last year. Up next is acceptance into the International World Games Association, a competition featuring sports not played at the Olympics. Stan Cockerton, president of the Federation of International Lacrosse, men's lacrosse director Jack Emmer and development director Tom Hayes recently met with the IWGA in Colorado Springs, Colo., to file the FIL's application, and Cockerton says while he originally expected it to be reviewed during this summer's games in Cali, Colombia, the IWGA notified the FIL in January that the filing could be reviewed at an upcoming meeting.

Lacrosse has been guaranteed a spot as a demonstration sport at the 2017 World Games in Poland, but Cockerton hopes lacrosse will be participating as a full member, which could mean four or eight men's and women's teams playing a tournament. The International Olympic Committee would use that tournament to evaluate lacrosse as a potential Olympic sport.

"The [IOC's] mandate is 'If you get into the World Games, is your sport worthy?' They want to see the best-caliber lacrosse possible," Cockerton says.

A model for this path is rugby sevens, which recently received IOC membership and will be participating in the World Games for the last time in 2013. In light of how the sport of rugby used its more manageable sevens version to gain access to the Olympics, the FIL is being proactive in considering tweaks to make the sport more Olympic-friendly. For example, at January's US Lacrosse convention in Philadelphia, Hayes and other FIL reps discussed a uniform field lining for men's and women's games.

"The question has always been 'Why isn't lacrosse in the Olympics?' Over the last year, the question is not why, it's when," Cockerton says.

• UMass Lowell athletic director Dana Skinner said the school's decision to move from Division II to Division I in men's and women's lacrosse "was actually more about the decision to strengthen our hand with America East. They've got six sports of emphasis — men's and women's soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter and lacrosse in the spring — so certainly for us we wanted to be a contributing league member, and we felt the best way to do that was to offer all the sports of emphasis."

Skinner said the plan is to hire a coach in July.

"Our intent is to start our first year of play in 2014-15," he said. "We'll hire very soon and get the men's and women's coaches working on recruiting and trying to put the program together.

UMass Lowell will be the 68th D-I men's team in 2015 and the 10th program added since 2010.

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