Syracuse Welcomes Second-Ranked Signing Class to Campus

BALTIMORE Syracuse's 2013-2014 lacrosse signing class has been ranked No. 2 in the nation by Inside Lacrosse. The top 20 men's classes for the upcoming season are featured in Inside Lacrosse's annual recruiting issue available now. This year's crop of rookies features 16 incoming players, including seven listed among the "Power 100."

Jordan Evans (Jamesville, N.Y.) headlines the class. He was selected as the publication's top overall prospect in the Class of 2013 after shattering the Jamesville-DeWitt High School season scoring record with 182 points (82 goals, 100 assists) as a senior. Evans was one of six Syracuse signees to receive Under Armour All-America honors in 2013, tied with Duke for the most of any school.

"I'm excited to see them get out on the practice field and compete in an Orange jersey for the first time," SU head coach John Desko said. "We feel like it's a strong, competitive group that's balanced at all positions."

Maryland's freshman class is No. 1 in the rankings followed by Syracuse at No. 2 and Virginia at No. 3. North Carolina (No. 4) and Duke (No. 5) round out the top five. Syracuse fall practice gets underway Sept. 16 and culminates on Oct. 12 with the annual Orange Alumni Classic at the Carrier Dome.

Joe DeMarco, Midfield
Massapequa, N.Y. (Massapequa)
Earned the Nassau County Lacrosse Association's Jim Condon Award (top offensive player) and was an all-county selection ... Recorded two goals, 14 assists, 235 ground balls and a .910 faceoff winning percentage as a senior ... Totaled eight goals, 42 assists, 438 ground balls and a .820 faceoff winning percentage in his career ... Two-time team captain ... Represented Long Island at the 2012 Empire State Games ... Also played soccer at Massapequa.

Jordan Evans, Midfield/Attack
Syracuse, N.Y. (Jamesville-DeWitt)
Rated the top midfielder and the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2013 by Inside Lacrosse ... Under Armour and U.S. Lacrosse All-American ... 2013 Nike/U.S. Lacrosse National Player of the Year ... Named the Central New York (CNY) co-Player of the Year in 2013 by The Post-Standard ... Two-time All-CNY First Team selection ... Led the Rams to two undefeated seasons (22-0, 22-0) and back-to-back New York Class B state championships in 2010 and 2011 ... The Rams were 80-6 in Evans' four varsity seasons ... Owns the Jamesville-DeWitt career records for points (401), goals (207) and assists (194) ... Set the school single-season scoring record and led New York state with 182 points (82 goals, 100 assists) in 2013 ... Voted the Rams' MVP ... Two-time captain ... Also played basketball at Jamesville-DeWitt for two seasons and won a state championship in 2011 ... High school basketball teammate of current Syracuse center DaJuan Coleman ... Coached in lacrosse by former Orange All-American Jamie Archer.

Parker Ferrigan, Goalie
Baldwinsville, N.Y. (C.W. Baker)
Listed as the No. 3 goalie and 39th overall prospect in the Class of 2013 by Inside Lacrosse ... Under Armour and U.S. Lacrosse All-American ... Two-time All-Central New York (All-CNY) selection ... Made 237 saves and posted a .743 save percentage as a senior ... Also contributed one goal and three assists in his final season ... Finished with 842 career saves and nine career points (four goals, five assists) ... Lacrosse team captain and two-time MVP ... Also was a centerman for the Bees' hockey team, earning MVP honors twice.

Scott Firman, Defense
Fayetteville, N.Y. (Jamesville-DeWitt)
Ranked fourth among defenseman and No. 17 overall in the Class of 2013 by Inside Lacrosse ... Under Armour and U.S. Lacrosse All-American ... Three-time All-Central New York (CNY) selection ... Led the Rams to two undefeated seasons (22-0, 22-0) and back-to-back New York Class B state championships in 2010 and 2011 ... The Rams were 80-6 in Firman's four varsity seasons ... Tallied 12 goals, five assists and 80 ground balls as a senior ... Spearheaded a 2013 J-D defense that held all but three opponents to single-digit goals ... Two-time captain ... Coached by former Orange All-American Jamie Archer ... Also played hockey for four years ... Earned hockey all-league honors and won a state title as a senior.

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