Under normal circumstances, Steele and Wells Stanwick would call each other and compare notes on games their respective men's lacrosse teams just played and offer advice on upcoming opposing defenses. This week, however, has been anything but normal.
A meeting billed as a matchup between the top two candidates for the Tewaaraton Award lost a little luster with Tuesday's news that Big Red senior attackman Rob Pannell could miss up to six weeks because of a broken bone in his left foot.
The Orange's .500 record is a bit deceptive because one of those losses was in overtime to No. 1 Northwestern, 11-9. With that showing and Saturday's 12-11 double-overtime win at Florida, Gary Gait's team will be a dangerous opponent for the Terrapins, who have not lost to the Orange in 11 meetings.
It's part of the job description for Andy Bilello to be equal parts matchmaker and recruiter, as much a spreadsheet adherent as he is a scheduling broker. These days, though, there might be a more apt title for Inside Lacrosse's director of business development: kingmaker.