Syracuse University is becoming what Orangemen coach Roy Simmons calls the "Mecca of northern lacrosse."
Because most grass fields in the Northeast are still covered with snow, Syracuse has been sponsoring doubleheaders at the Carrier Dome and allowing visiting teams to use the school's outdoor artificial turf field.
On Saturday, Georgetown and Rutgers met in the dome after the Syracuse-Towson State game, while Boston College and Michigan State played outside.
This Saturday, Hobart will play Ohio Wesleyan in the dome after the Orangemen's game against Brown.
"I was reluctant to let Hobart use the field because I'd rather have it be a shock for them to play in the Dome," said Simmons, whose team will play host to Hobart the next Tuesday. "But you have to help out [rival schools] for the good of the game."
Showdown in South Bend
Two up-and-coming programs will face off Saturday when Georgetown (4-1, 15th in the USILA poll) travels to Indiana to meet Notre Dame (6-0, 14th) at 2 p.m.
The Fighting Irish, who edged perennial Division III power Hobart, 15-14, in overtime Saturday, are off to the best start in the 13-year history of the program. Fifth-year coach Kevin Corrigan, son of Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner Gene Corrigan, has led Notre Dame to its highest ranking in the USILA poll.
Dave Urick, in his fourth year as Georgetown coach, came from Hobart, where he guided the Statesmen to 10 straight Division III titles from 1980 to 1989.
Big day for Tomick
Paul Tomick, a John Carroll graduate, had three goals and four assists to lead Randolph-Macon (4-1) to an 11-10 win over host Hampden-Sydney (2-2) Saturday.