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Syracuse head coach John Desko reinstated previously-suspended Chase Scanlan, though an investigation into a domestic call remains ongoing.
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Chase Scanlan Reinstated as Investigation Continues


On April 26, Syracuse men’s lacrosse head coach John Desko reinstated Chase Scanlan, who was suspended indefinitely prior to the Orange’s game against Virginia on April 24, though investigations into a domestic call that involved Scanlan continue.

Scanlan did not travel with the team to South Bend for Syracuse’s game against Notre Dame on Saturday, which ended 22-8 in the Irish’s favor.

“I want to address reports that have occurred in the media involving Chase Scanlan,” Desko said to open his regularly-scheduled media conference on Wednesday. “As you all know, federal law prohibits the university from discussing specific issues relating to a student’s experience or record at the university. Chase was suspended from the team 10 days ago for violating team rules and expectations. On Monday, April 26, I reinstated him. He will not be traveling with the team this weekend. I can’t and won’t offer further comment, I will now take questions about our game with Notre Dame.”

Desko then denied to answer questions relating to Scanlan.

Even though Scanlan was reinstated to the team Monday and Desko said he was practicing with the team, a Syracuse Athletics spokesperson later explained that the player was training alone away from his teammates. Multiple outlets have reported that Syracuse players planned to walk out if Scanlan was at practice.

At 11:34 a.m. on April 18, the day after Syracuse played North Carolina, the school’s Department of Public Safety responded to what it called a domestic incident at 160 Small Road. According to the DPS daily crime log, the incident happened at 12:30 a.m. but wasn’t reported until roughly 11 hours later and lists the case as open.

No charges have been filed against Scanlan.

Earlier this week, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick confirmed that a picture of a smashed-in wall is part of the investigation.

“We plan on meeting with the victim at her convenience,” Fitzpatrick said, also explaining his office won’t comment further until either an arrest is made or the investigation is closed.

Silver Creek high school lacrosse head coach Rob Genco said his former player told him he did nothing wrong.

“He says it’s nothing but it’s become something,” Genco told “According to him, there’s literally zero chance that anything happened.”

Chase Scanlan is Syracuse’s leading scorer with 24 goals in nine games this season and has amassing 33 points in 2021.

Now for the other lacrosse news for the week of April 27-May 3, 2021:

Last Week in Lacrosse

-The PLL held its annual College Draft on Monday, with Cornell attackman Jeff Teat became the most recent player to go No. 1 in both the PLL/MLL and NLL Drafts

Northwestern will officially enter the women’s tournament undefeated after winning the Big Ten title this weekend.

-North Carolina outlasted Syracuse in the ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship, 9-4, to secure the program’s fifth-straight conference title.

Chaos is wheeling and dealing. The team made two trades this week, bringing in Wes Berg and a first rounder in exchange for goalie Dillon Ward and swapping a future third-round pick for Chris Cloutier.

The All-Big Ten list is out, and it’s weird. Specifically, there aren’t any middies on the First Team.

-Alex Lauer of Inside Hook did a piece on how the PLL is swapping East Coast elitism for land acknowledgements.

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