Syracuse, NY — Kevin Drew, a senior defensive midfielder on the Syracuse University lacrosse team, will be on the field Thursday when the Orange officially opens preseason camp with two practices sandwiched around its annual media day at the Manley Field House Arena.
Drew, considered among the best players in the game at his position, was suspended indefinitely from the team in late October after he was charged by Syracuse police with driving while intoxicated, hit and run and resisting arrest.
“Kevin has been out of school and has now been reinstated,” coach John Desko said this afternoon. “He has been punished and will continue to fulfill his consequences. It’s great to have him back so he can continue his education and play lacrosse.”
Drew has played in 45 games during his SU career and has been an integral part of a defense that has allowed no more than 7.4 goals per game over the last three seasons, the best defensive run in school history. Blessed with great speed and a hard right-handed shot, he has also sparked SU’s transition game, scoring 13 goals in his career.
Drew will be a welcome addition to a group that lost seven of 10 starters to graduation following last season, the nucleus of a team that has fashioned a 60-8 record over the last four seasons and has won two national championships. His return answers one question on a team that will enter the season with several others.
Four-year starter and two-time goaltender of the year John Galloway is gone. So is two-thirds of the starting close defense, including All-American John Lade. All-America longstick midfielder Joel White also graduated along with the team’s entire first midfield and leading goal-scorer Stephen Keogh.
I’m still praying a dashboard police camera video surfaces online of his arrest. Seeing him take an “aggressive stance,” then get hit with a “kick to the chest” would make the worst of days truly special.