The men’s and women’s Syracuse lacrosse teams will be getting a season off.
After an outbreak of the mumps, the university, in conjunction with the state of New York and Onondaga County Health Department, decided to shut down the program for the fall semester.
They announced the decision via a personal statement, citing the safety of Syracuse players and the student athletes they would meet on the field.
Syracuse lacrosse is stricken with mumps. pic.twitter.com/9wSAj7RBsC
— Nate Mink (@MinkNate) October 6, 2017
The men’s and women’s lacrosse teams have been shut down for a minimum of three weeks. In that time, the athletics department will “empty necessary measures to help prevent the further spread of the disease.”
As it stands, eight students have been diagnosed with mumps, including members of the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. The women’s team will miss three play days, while the mens team will miss two scrimmage games.
Last week, the men’s team withdrew from games against Team Israel and the Iroquois Nation.
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