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posted 04.18.2011 at 4.12 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Lade Says Ankle is Close to 100 Percent

Syracuse close defenseman John Lade, who has been hampered by a left ankle injury sustained in the second half against Duke April 3, did not play Saturday against Providence and his status remains unclear for the Orange's game against Hobart Tuesday night. Though he did say the ankle is feeling better.

"It's getting there. It's getting better. It's pretty close to 100 percent," Lade said during an interview Monday for an unrelated story that will appear in June's Lacrosse Magazine.

Asked if he'll play Tuesday, Lade said: "I don't know yet. I have to still talk to the trainer and see what he thinks."

Lade rolled his ankle against Duke, and spent the late stages of the second half of that game on the sideline with ice pack on the injury. Then he missed Syracuse's next game April 9 at Princeton.

He was in the starting lineup last Tuesday at the Carrier Dome against Cornell, but left the game in the first quarter, telling the coaches he didn't have enough quickness. Lade didn't play Saturday in Syracuse's 13-3 win over Providence at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

When healthy, Lade has drawn the assignment of covering many of the nation's top players this season, including Virginia's Steele Stanwick and Army's Jeremy Boltus, and shut them down for the most part.

Syracuse, ranked fourth in the latest USILA coaches' poll released Monday, has a 10-1 record and plays Hobart, Rutgers, new No. 1 Notre Dame and St. John's to end the regular season.