SYRACUSE, N.Y. - There will be arguably no greater college sports league in any sport than the future ACC men's lacrosse league once Syracuse and Notre Dame move in, and Orange head coach John Desko says those changes will necessitate others to make it all work.
Syracuse, Notre Dame, Duke, North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia have combined to appear in each of the last 25 NCAA Division I championship games and have won 16 titles in that span. Teaming up in the ACC will give the conference the minimum requirement of six teams necessary to get an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament but it will also present some challenges: additional long road trips, trying to keep long-standing non-conference rivalries while making room for the new league games, and figuring out what to do about the conference tournament. The event could be abolished due to how demanding the regular season will be and the assumption that most if not all of the teams in the conference will get into the NCAA tournament anyway if they live up to their histories.
The group has time to figure out the future as Syracuse is not joining the ACC until the 2013 season and Notre Dame will likely join in 2014 or 2015 depending on if and when it negotiates an early exit from the Big East.