Syracuse sophomore Mike Daniello, who spent last season with Johns Hopkins before transferring, is reportedly recovering from serious head injuries suffered last week.
Daniello was involved in an incident that left him with a fractured skull and a brain contusion, according to multiple sources. The nature of the incident is still unknown. Syracuse officials confirmed that Daniello was still being hospitalized as of Sunday but had no update on his condition at that point.
The younger brother of Chris, a third-team All-American who helped the Orange to national titles in 2008 and 2009, and Nick, who played defense and long-stick midfielder at Stevens Tech, Mike Daniello played for the Blue Jays in 2012, appearing in eight games with three shots and one ground ball. His transfer to Syracuse was announced in early July.
Daniello, who was Inside Lacrosse's 10th-ranked incoming freshman attackman last season, registered 108 goals and 76 assists in his high school career. He was widely expected to compete for playing time at Syracuse in 2013, if not a starting spot.
His status for the 2013 season was still unclear as of Monday afternoon.
According to Joe Lombardi of LaxLessons.com, Daniello made an oral commitment in the fall of 2009 to North Carolina but had a change of heart several days later and changed his commitment to Hopkins.
Nick posted an update on his Facebook page on Saturday, apparently indicating that his brother's condition had improved since the incident.
"Thank you everyone for the amazing outpour and concern for my brother," Nick wrote. "I know a lot of you have been trying to reach either me or my family directly regarding his status. i will try to get back to everyone when I can as its been an exhausting 2 days. Michael is fighting strong in the ICU and we will know more regarding his status in the next 72 hours as these tremendous doctors are doing all they can for him. Thank you again. The Daniello family."
Syracuse captain JoJo Marasco tweeted Friday: "Please every follow pray for my best friend and family mike daniello @MikeyDaniello14 I love you kid I'm here for u god bless stay strong."
Baltimore Sun reporter Jon Fogg contributed to this article.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun