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posted 03.26.2012 at 11.00 a.m. by Paul Ohanian

Eating Crow, Courtesy of the Wildcats

It was a great weekend of men’s college lacrosse. Among the highlights, No. 2 ranked Johns Hopkins defeated No. 1 ranked Virginia in overtime, UNC topped Maryland in a feisty ACC battle in Chapel Hill, and Princeton and Yale played the longest game in each program’s history by waging a five-overtime battle in New Haven.

But the headline stealer from the weekend has to be Villanova’s 11-10 upset of Syracuse at the Carrier Dome, described afterwards by Wildcats head coach Mike Corrado as “about as big a win as we've ever had in our program."

Granted, by their own admission, the Orange have not played up to their expectations thus far in 2012. Nevertheless, the only two blemishes against them entering Sunday’s game were road losses at No. 1 ranked Virginia and No. 2 ranked Johns Hopkins. Surely, a return to Big East play against a Villanova team that had lost three of its last four and seemed to be struggling to find its way would be just what the lacrosse doctor ordered.

And that’s what I was thinking when I made my pick on Friday in a little thing we call 10-2-Watch here on Lacrosse Magazine Online. Not only did I pick Syracuse, I also predicted that the ‘Cuse would win by five goals, a comfortable margin that would provide no semblance to last year’s 5-4 nailbiter between the teams at Villanova Stadium.

So what does this game tell us, other than the fact that I’m a clueless prognosticator? Could Syracuse be on the verge of seeing its season disintegrate, similar to 2007? The Orange are not helped by a schedule that features Duke, Princeton and Cornell in the next two weeks. Or will this loss, which snapped SU’s 14-game conference winning streak dating back to the birth of Big East lacrosse in 2010, serve as a turning point for John Desko’s youthful squad?

And what of the Wildcats? Will this milestone victory signal the turning point in Big East supremacy and jumpstart the inconsistent ‘Cats to a postseason run through the second half of the season?

Too early to tell on all fronts perhaps, and regardless, my track record provides no credibility in my ability to answer those questions. The only thing that’s for sure today is that my plate of crow will likely go down better with a little ketchup.